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.

  • Personally I would use 100/16 for this project.
    – Ken Graham
    Oct 14, 2016 at 22:58

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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

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