Re: Sewing tips for ripstop nylon?
- Hi Ray,
I presume you are talking about silnylon aka silicon impregnated
I find that the material is fairly slippery and occasionally need to
help the sewing machine to pull it through by holding the seam in
front of and behind the sewing machine foot and pulling it (a little)
in the right direction. In general, it goes pretty well.
Tips I would mention:
Don't use cotton coated thread. Though there is some disagreement,
most sources say that all polyester thread works better to avoid the
rot that will affect the cotton. Advantage is that the all polyester
thread is normally cheaper (50 cents for 500 yards at Walmart or
Meijers) Disadvantage is that it is usually only available in black
or tan or sometimes white.
Use a smallish needle, brand new, and expect to occasionally replace
it - expecially when sewing velcro or whenever you hit a pin.
I would cut the material by marking it with a micro sharpie marker
according to a set of directions or a pattern. Then cut along the
marking. For silnylon, just cut with a pair of scisors... it does
not fray. For ripstop, cut with a cheap steak knife heated to red
hot an inch from it's end by a propane torch. You can get about a
yard of material cut before heating for 30 seconds again.
Hold the material together with pins, and then treat the seam with
clear silicone calking thinned with paint thinner (jardine says
gasoline) and painted on with a one inch brush. This will not only
seal the needle holes from sewing but also the needle holes from
Hope this helps.
--- In email@example.com, "Ray Garlington"
> I recently located an old sewing machine (Elna #1, akagrasshopper)
> and sewed silicon coated ripstop nylon for the first time lastnight.
> I made a 6'x9' tarp with some additional material renforcing thea
> corners, but the stiching was somewhat irregular. I eventually got
> better looking stitch when I helped pull it through the machine (athe
> little) rather than risisting the pull (a little) as I had done
> practicing on some thicker fabric.
> Anybody have any tips? Right now the correct needle size, cutting
> material straight, and holding the material together along the
> intended seam is a bit of a mystery to me.
- Hi Everybody,
I seem to remember a thread/post not too long ago with info on sewing a
hammock, i seem to remember the price being sg like 50 bucks...
anybody know what I post that was?
BTW, one thing has not become clear to me yet if I were to go ahead and buy
a hammock or kit what would be the advantageous of a HH or Speer over a
say, Bana, that Bana is by far the cheapest and I recall some here saying
they do use them...
This is all relevant because i still have not found good material here in
Budapest, so i will have to order over the Net either materials or
kit/completed hammocks,, oh yeah, if i go the make from scratch route,
where should i look for materials, any personal favs?
i am heavy in the 220 - 230 range and will need a tarp as well as hammock.
thanks again in advance for the tips/help
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--- robi dawson <beanco@...> wrote:
> Hi Everybody,__________________________________
> I seem to remember a thread/post not too long ago
> with info on sewing a
> hammock, i seem to remember the price being sg like
> 50 bucks...
> anybody know what I post that was?
> BTW, one thing has not become clear to me yet if I
> were to go ahead and buy
> a hammock or kit what would be the advantageous of a
> HH or Speer over a
> say, Bana, that Bana is by far the cheapest and I
> recall some here saying
> they do use them...
> This is all relevant because i still have not found
> good material here in
> Budapest, so i will have to order over the Net
> either materials or
> kit/completed hammocks,, oh yeah, if i go the make
> from scratch route,
> where should i look for materials, any personal
> i am heavy in the 220 - 230 range and will need a
> tarp as well as hammock.
> thanks again in advance for the tips/help
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