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  1. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I have used strips with cork on one side and fabric on the other. They don't really need the tape. The cork has some 'grab' to it and I have not found that they move around at all so skip the tape. Folks in the Lounge have also used foam weatherstipping as well. It works and is cheap.
     
  2. jviss

    jviss Familiar Face

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    Thanks. I'll give the cork, sans tape, a try - couldn't hurt! :)
     
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  3. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Yes, and classier than folded up Bounty paper towel!
     

  4. I always find old newspapers from the 1920s to stick behind the sweatbands.
     
  5. Snowman

    Snowman A-List Customer

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    I use felt craft squares cut into strips as needed. I can double them in certain areas to customize the fit. I’ve also used foam craft squares if the gap is large. Both are cheap and they don’t move around.
     
  6. jviss

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    And then a miracle happened!

    I was wearing the hat around the house for a couple of hours and thought "this doesn't feel right." So, I pulled the homemade paper towel and card stock pad from under the sweat, and put it back on - pulled it down, pulled it side to side - and by God, it fits! Holy Cow! It really is a 7 1/8, and it fits brilliantly. :). Can't explain it....
     
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  7. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Now that is waaaay more classy than my Bounty!
     
  8. Louis Mountbatten

    Louis Mountbatten One of the Regulars

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    I have bought wide flat wicks for oil lamps. They work great.

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  9. Blare

    Blare I'll Lock Up

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    Great news.
     
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  10. I only do it for hats made in the 1970s or later. ;)
     
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  11. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    I have settled on felt strips I get from our own Scott Dalsbo aka @bond.

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    You can get them either on eBay:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/224765860359?hash=item345516da07:g:2SQAAOSwb~RgEJ1n

    or at his Etsy shop finevintagefedoras:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/finevintagefedoras?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=582496447
     
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  12. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    I also have also had the same experience. I think it is the result of getting the sweatband good and wet then it shrinking while drying. I think…
     
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  13. jviss

    jviss Familiar Face

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    O.K., another question - please advise!

    I'm going to a black tie wedding and bringing three hats: a black Homburg to wear with the tux, a gray Fedora to wear with my medium blue sharkskin suit to the wedding ceremony, and a black Fedora to wear with my gold houndstooth silk/wool blazer and black slacks for the pre-party cocktail lounge affair.

    I bought a hat travel case on Amazon:

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    What I would like to know is how and of what to make "stacking rings" to separate the stacked hats.

    On what part of the brim should the ring rest?

    Any other details will be much appreciated.

    Thanks,

    jv
     
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  14. Steve1857

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    Foam is probably the best material to use. Place it as in the photo. 20220109_164008.jpg 20220109_163945.jpg
     
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  15. jviss

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    Being a hobbyist - model airplanes, trains, metalworking, woodworking, etc. - I had some cork sheet in inventory. The thinnest is 1/16", which seems perfect for this application. I also have some 1/4" which is way too thick. The 1/16", cut into strips 1 3/8" wide and about 8" long is perfect for placing under a sweatband to tighten a hat up a bit. I have one in my black Fedora now, and it's a nice, snug fit. It's also a very inexpensive thing, as you can buy these sheets at a craft store or Walmart, and make a lifetime supply of hat sizing strips for yourself and your family and friends. :)

    I cut them using a steel rule on my self-healing cutting mat, using a rotary fabric cutter. Easy-peasy. If you want to get fancy you can put a nice radius on the ends.

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  16. jonesy86

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    How do you post photos side by side for comparison?
     
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  17. Assuming it's only two images, I would combine them into one side-by-side image before uploading them to The Lounge. Even before doing that I'd attempt to make them both the same size just to make it easier to combine them. Regardless, I make sure the final image is no wider than 1,000 pixels so that it fits comfortably within the confines of The Lounge's text (post) boxes. Sometimes it takes a bit of work, but once it's done I rarely have any problems uploading them to the site.
     
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  18. Mighty44

    Mighty44 One of the Regulars

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    Hello all—

    I received this custom hat which is great except for one curveball—where I’d asked for a 5 1/2 open crown it comes in at 6 1/4. I’ve been working and reworking the bash to try and get it where I want it but since I like a relatively low profile —around 4 1/4 at the pinch—there is a thick double wall of felt at the pinch which makes it very hard to get that nice deep thumbprint pinch on either side. I’ve really given it a lot of steam and a lot of work and you can see below where it stands now. Not terrible—kind of a ship’s prow that does catch some shadow, but not quite what I’d hoped for. Any advice on how to get a deeper pinch? Should I soak it with water? Roll up the inner wall a bit so it crests further back — possibly opening up some room to push in further? Or does it look good enough and I should just relax and enjoy it? I might be a little too deep in the weeds here. :confused: Any input would be appreciated. Thanks! David

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  19. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I think the hat looks good. From the pictures it appears the felt is fairly thick so regardless it may be impossible to get those deep pinches that you can get on the thinner felts vintage hats. I have a beaver felt that I have been playing with....trying to discover how much pouncing is too much pouncing. I have taken a ton off, it has a wonderful soft hand but the felt is still thick enough (without even the deep bash) to prohibit those soft thumbprint pinches.
     
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  20. jviss

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    Is there a thread or a forum for posting feedback on the site? I've encountered a few clumsy aspects of this site I'd like to feed back to the web designers/programmers.

    Thanks,

    jv
     
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