Jeff Making a Mouth Tab
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Jeff Making a Mouth Tab

August 17, 2019

I’m Jeff Fabry, four-time Paralympic archer
for Team USA, and what we’re going to do here, we’re going to build the mouthtab
that I prefer to shoot. We’re going to need a nylon dog leash, an
upholstery needle, clamps, scissors and a lighter. The first thing we need to do, we need to
figure out where the mouthtab is going to go. So what I typically do, I’ll take and put
my nock set on the string itself. Once I have my nock set in place, I know the
arrow is going to lay below the nock set; my mouthtab will go above the nock set. The reason I like to have the tab above the
nock set is, I can get more peep height so I can cast the arrow at a further distance
using my sights. If I had the mouthtab below the nock set then
we’re probably only going to get 25-30 yards out of using the sight. The dog leash itself, I like to use something
that’s about a half inch in width. The reason I like it in half inch, it seems
like when I put it on and I have to twist it, there’s less bind, also with a narrower
material, there’s just a little bit less weight, so less movement in the string when
the shot leaves. First thing we’re going to do is take our
material, fold it over the bowstring. You’re going to want to make sure you leave
enough length to when you cut it, you’re going to have the right amount of material
to bite on. I usually go to my first knuckle, I know that’s
the length I need. That’s going to pretty much vary from archer
to archer and when you do create your first one, let’s go a little bit longer, that
way you can cut it down if needed. If you make it too short, you’re just going
to have to cut it right off and build it again. So we fold the material over the bowstring,
take our clamp, clamp the material together, then let’s double check it and make sure
the sides are lined up. Next we’ll take our needle and thread, always
begin right next to the string at the bottom side, and I want to start sewing up along
the string, then back around the perimeter. Once I make a complete perimeter run, I’m
going to come up to the middle of the material, and stitch down the center and tie it off. With the thread, take both ends and create
a loop out of it. This way, when I run it through the material,
I can back through itself and it’ll secure nice and tight. When I begin my initial two stitches, I’m
going to come slightly up from the bottom, punch through, pull the material almost all
the way through, but I’m going to leave just a little bit of a tag in for a loop. Then I’m going to make my run back through
the material and come up. If you look right here, I’ve left the loop
end out, that way I can run the needle back through. If you notice from time to time, I’ll take
and spread the loop out and give it a little tug. What we’re doing is making sure that what
we’ve just sewn, there’s no slack in any of the material, everything’s nice and tight,
we don’t have to worry about anything shifting after we’ve built the tab. Now that I’ve pretty much run the length
of the top of the tab, I want to take and measure it and see if I’m close to my mark. I just go off my first knuckle, so I look
down there and yeah, my last stitch came up almost exactly the length I wanted it. So, now we’ll begin sewing down the tab,
and then across the bottom, back towards the string. So now I’ll put a stitch or two in coming
up, and then I’ll finish stitching out through the middle of the material. So now I’ve served down the middle of the
material. On my last stitch, I leave the tag end up,
pull a little bit of slack out of that, now I’ll run my needle down, and up so I’ve
got a loop, and I’m going to run my needle through this loop twice, and snug it up for
a nice, tight fit. We have the material all sewn together, so
I’m going to cut the string here, then I’m going to cut the tab, and we’ll burn the
ends and get out shooting. So we have the finished tab here, you’ll
notice there’s a distance here between the tab and the nocking point. The center serving is rolled on and this tab,
even though it’s tight, you can spin it and it’ll follow the direction of the center

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