If you are looking to make a tulle bug net, now is a good time to pick up supplies. Jo ann currently has tulle 50% off. Its only 75cents a yard. I hit the deal up while I was in there picking some things up, thought I'd give you guys the heads up.
That is a great price! I just used some of this tulle as baffles for a down quilt.
Be aware that the holes are plenty small for mosquitoes and the like, but not quite as small as noseeum bug netting.
How is the durability of tulle in the long run for baffles? Seems like an ideal material for getting as light weight as possible, but if it falls apart after half a season of daily compression and shaking open then I can't see it as being worth while.
The real answer is that the jury is still out, since I only just completed the quilt. However, it seemed to me that the tulle was only a little weaker than noseeum netting, but definitely noticable.
I think that it will meet the service standards of ultralight equipment, which requires reasonable care. i.e. don't stuff it untill it hurts and don't lend it to a scout.
It seems pretty tough to me. It held up to getting stuck on some tiny sticks when I was pulling it over my hammock. However, I did manage to get it stuck to a metal door in my apartment and it tore a hole. I think the same thing would have happened with no see um as well. It is pretty light too. I was surprised.
There are different qualities of tulle. One is more fragile than the other. They are both intended for "structural" uses like hats, veils and bows and the like. I don't like it because of the stiffness but some folks love it. It seems washing it will relax it some but then it may also make it more fragile because the sizing (stiffener) is part of what gives it its ability to hold shapes.
I bought some to make make a bug net, but dang it's hard to sew. All the bugs are gone now, so I can't tell how well it will work until next spring. 50% off is hard to pass up though.
If you roll the seems and stretch the fabric as you sew it creates a denser mass of a fabric that makes it easier to get clean stitches in. Moreover, it will give you an easier line to follow when sewing. Another thing worth trying, is jacking up your tension pretty high. You'll get nicer stitches but its tough to get perfect tight stitches on the loose netted fabric.
Originally Posted by jmaddog151
Using this type of technique I noticed it was pretty easy. The first time I used no-see-um I struggled but doing things this way help a ton.