Originally Posted by Hiknhanger
Looks great Lost Biker! I can't get up enough nerve to try a tarp yet, especially with cat cuts. Great job.
(One thing I like about that PU coated nylon you got is how it doesn't fray when you cut it. I wish all ripstop was like that!)
I've played with some scrap syl seconds and it doesn't fray that much with a sharp pair of scissors - I just push it thru instead of cutting. Good for going around the curves too. When I cut ripstop it doesn't fray until I handle it, then comes the bad language.
I was worried about the cat cuts too - till I just decided to use a plastic pole and a string and then use a marker to make the lines - very easy. It took maybe 45 minutes to mark and cut all the cats. I know some advise you to cut the cats before sewing the ridgeline, but I found it easier to do the ridgeline first and use tape to mark all the spots, mark the cats and cut, one right after the other. I used the ridgeline as a center guide.
I did the 70d as a test model - now I feel confident I can do syl easily. The syl will be easier as it slides easier. The 70d coated grabs and stretches a bit so I had to really slow the feed rate down. My tarp has lots of mistakes, but it still works rather well!
If you have a big area to work in, it's sooooo much easier to set, mark, cut. Just go slow, measure 2x, cut and sew - it'll be done quicker than you think.
I got in a fight one time with a really big guy, and he said, "I'm going to mop the floor with your face." I said, "You'll be sorry." He said, "Oh, yeah? Why?" I said, "Well, you won't be able to get into the corners very well."