Sewing Tips

Basic sewing skills used on most projects.

3 thoughts on “Sewing Tips

  1. Very light fabrics can be difficult to handle, and may fray and get stuck in the sewing machine. Try fastening key points together with heat bondable hemming tape first. You iron the tape between two pieces of fabric to glue them together and to prevent edges from fraying. You can then sew over them as needed for strength. I made a 6’x6′ silnylon tarp with all of the seams glued using an iron on low heat, sewing only the reinforcement points, and was done in less than an hour. I have used it for two seasons with no issues, and there are no stitch holes to weaken the fabric.

  2. I’ve just completed my first sewing project, a silnylon tarp tent and it was quite a learning experience. Using paper clips worked well for the folds and placing flooring paper (that I had used for my template) under my nylon for starting small pointed corners helped. The paper stopped the nylon from getting pulled into the machine. I’m happy with the outcome of my first project but would like to learn more on using the sewing machine, any other tips would help for my next project (bug shelter addition for tarp).

  3. another sewing tip i’d add is use small binder clips instead of pins… especially for tarps. you don’t want a bunch of pin holes in your silnylon.

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