I'm new to sewing and new to pack-making. Trying to build a lightweight pannier, since most panniers are made out of heavy cordura. I've ordered 2 yards of a 210d Dyneema X Gridstop; (specs here: Materials used in ZPacks Gear) and am wondering what type of needle/needle size I should use for sewing it.
The needle size depends on the size of the thread.
With that material, you would possibly use MARA 50 (Tex 60) to get strong seams, but you can also use a Tex 40, which is already plenty strong. I would not recommend a smaller thread.
I usually use the following needles for thread size:
- Tex 30: needle 70/10
- Tex 40: needle 80/12
- Tex 60: needle 90/14 or 100/16 if you have many layer to get through