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First off, before I get into this, I'd like to make some acknowledgements.
First off, to user Frank N Stein. I don't know if he was the first one to sew together PC cables, but I do believe he is the first person to actually show us. His tutorial is really awesome and I've linked it below. One thing about it was that I was a bit overwhelming to see how to maneuver the thread (not Frank's fault), due to the small cables and even smaller thread. However, after watching it a few times, I was able to get it and after practicing it, I realized how easy it was.

Anyways, I decided to make a tutorial on just the technique portion using a yarn to simulate the thread and 6 bamboo sticks to simulate the wires that will be sewn so that this way you can see how to move the thread around. User Pongo has also also made an excellent tutorial as well using curved needles. His tutorial is also linked.

So why would you want to sew your cables? One because if you're going to take the time to sleeve them, you might as well put in 4-5 more hours to really give your cables that premium look! I remember a comment on Frank's video saying "lol, I'll just stick to zip ties" and I really liked Frank's response to that: "And this is what separates the artists from finger painters."


1. Frank N Stein's tutorial:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

2. Pongo's Guide

My recommendations are to first watch Frank's videos, then use this tutorial, and then refer to Pongo's guide while sewing.

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Very nice! thumb.gif +rep
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Nice tutorial, great idea on the bamboo sticks to show larger what you are trying to do smaller. This works, this is a great tutorial, but there are a couple things I see. I did not see where the "locking" move tightens the cables together, I see you doing it in the groove itself, then flipping over to tie it on the other side, the two directions of cables should slide into the groove between cables as its cinching them together. This is the most critical part of the sew as it is the move that tightens them together. Very workable tutorial though. I think between all our tutorials though it gives a great instruction and a good direction for those wanting to learn this art. thumb.gif
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Verry nice! I just started working on cable sewing last night using Frank N Stein's tutorials. Some of it was a bit hard to see due to size, and i think with this tutorial and the videos i should be able to produce something close to what you guys do (hopefully) thumb.gif
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Nice tutorial, great idea on the bamboo sticks to show larger what you are trying to do smaller. This works, this is a great tutorial, but there are a couple things I see. I did not see where the "locking" move tightens the cables together, I see you doing it in the groove itself, then flipping over to tie it on the other side, the two directions of cables should slide into the groove between cables as its cinching them together. This is the most critical part of the sew as it is the move that tightens them together. Very workable tutorial though. I think between all our tutorials though it gives a great instruction and a good direction for those wanting to learn this art. thumb.gif
Hi Frank. I think I forgot to mention it in the tutorial, but I meant to include this message in the locking phase: "The knot should slide in between the two sets of wires so that it his hidden from view. However, it is a bit difficult to depict that here due to the fact that the string I'm using is very thick and the bamboo sticks are rigid"
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Verry nice! I just started working on cable sewing last night using Frank N Stein's tutorials. Some of it was a bit hard to see due to size, and i think with this tutorial and the videos i should be able to produce something close to what you guys do (hopefully) thumb.gif

Thanks! I'm glad that you found this useful!
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