Originally Posted by Shadowmoss
Late to the conversation, and only thinking about it and not trying it, but... It would seem that the heavier reinforcement placed on the bottom would be better than on the top. If the thread looping under the fabric is what takes the stress, and the stress is transferred to the fabric it rests on, then the best place for reinforcing would be underneath? At that point the silnylon is just kinda floating on top of the reinforcement and not stressed (again, assuming that the tie strap is also sewn through to the underside reinforcement...)
The comment about grip clips sliding on silnylon has me thinking about putting a piece of non-slick material on the underside when I attach it to the tarp. Now, just gotta get me a silnylon tarp.
that's a good point. the main problem i see w/ that is that you would have to attach the grosgrain loop that the guy line ties to in a different way.
you may come up w/ a different way to do it that would be just as good or better, but the way i had been doing it was to sew the grosgrain to the outer re-enforcement patch 1st, then sew the patch w/ loop to the tarp.
i'm still sold on the extra seam on each side to attach the pullouts to. seams are extremely strong & the loss of coverage in the fold & weight gain in thread & seam sealer would be worth while i'm thinking.
shaddowmoss, i would get a couple of the grip clips & play around w/ them on the side wall of a tarp to see how you like them before going to far w/ that project.