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    Sewing tarp ridgeline

    Ok, I have been practicing on the pieces ripstopbytheroll has generously provided for me. It's been going pretty well... But have a couple questions before i try and tackle 2 winter tarps this weekend.

    When I'm done sewing, lay it out and lightly pull on each side of the seam. The holes from the needle grow and i can see through them. Not sure of its normal and the seam sealer will seal it or if I'm using to large of needle.(not sure of needle size)


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    Sewing tarp ridgeline

    Horrible picture example but on the left side of the left row of stitches is where it opens up. Won't be able to get better pictures till I get back home in a couple days.
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    You may want to consider using a Microtex 70/10 needle.
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    Will do! Probably do for a needle anyways. 4 hammocks, a dozen draw string bags and a underquilt all on one needle.
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    Definitely use a new needle for each project. As mentioned, a smaller sharp point needle will be better than a larger universal needle. With enough tension, the stitch holes may still open a tiny bit. The ridgeline will need to be sealed anyways. Be sure to seal it under tension.
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    You're still going to want to seal it. Permatex flowable silicone windshield sealer is what I use for sil. It's cheap, available in any autoparts store (including WallyWorld), and doesn't require dilution before use.

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    Anyone have some close ups of their ridge line with the tarp hung up and staked out? Id appreciate it!
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    I looks like you might want to try a flat felled seam. A flat felled seam will use the strength of the fabric in addition to the stitching. This is how most tarp ridgelines I have seen are done and how I do all of my own.

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    Flat felled seams made easy.
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    I will try that style of ridge line seam on my scraps. I see 3 steps so I would stitch it 3 times right? I will post some pictures tomorrow night when I get some time.
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