I picked up a commercial sewing machine just after the first of the year. So far I had mostly been just playing with it and practicing different stitches and how to attach things together. I found lots of things you cant do and ways things dont work and how not to do things. I did so a fairly straight forward and easy repair job to some gear last week and it went well. The first project I wanted to do is a radio bra for Ski Patrol built the way I want. I was up half the night working on this and think I got it all done (keep finding ways to make it better already). With the PALS I wont need to build radio pouches now. The only problem I see is that the radios are semi hard to take off the PALS because of the hooks on the radios. This is good though so it wont fall out. When I am no Patrol and the family is up I carry the FRS otherwise I dont. Of course we carry some first aid gear on us all the time we have our radios on. One of the things I dont like about pouches in the middle of things like this is everything falls to the bottom so I ran a seam down the middle so there is a top and bottom. While I normally carry a Sam splint in my pack some guys like to carry them on them. I had not planned on one fitting, but it does well and give a nice shape/structure to. In the top I have a some triangular bandages and a trauma dressing. If you get things pushed way back in the top far end they can be kinda hard to reach so I might sew in a piece of 3" webbing that loops to the back. That way when you pull it all your stuff will moved to the zippered opening. I still need to build a tool pouch and a glove pouch. Overall I am very happy.