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    Tarp ridgeline fabric length issue

    I very meticulously measured and cut the fabric for the tarp I'm making. The length of the two pieces which I sewed together to make the ridgeline are exactly equal in length. I carefully lined the fabric up and used lots of wonder clips. Yet at the end of stitching, this is what happened:

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    Any suggestions on what to do? If I have to seam rip the whole ridgeline I will do it, but I wouldn't be super happy about it.

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    If it were me, I'd probably rip the whole seam, and also not be very happy about it.

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    Or just trim it off and start again.

    Make timing marks along the ridgelone every foot or so. Make sure they line up as you are sewing. The reason for the difference is one piece of fabric os feeding more than the other. You need to hold each piece with a bit sifferent tension to compensate.

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    Would a walking foot help to keep both pieces of fabric feeding at the same rate?

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    I would trim the ends to match and have a slightly shorter tarp.....or trim the seam off as Boston suggested. I'd never bother to rip out that long of a seam. With the chance of damaging the fabric while cutting the stitching as well as the extra needle holes, the risk/reward would favor trimming for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    I would trim the ends to match and have a slightly shorter tarp.....or trim the seam off as Boston suggested. I'd never bother to rip out that long of a seam. With the chance of damaging the fabric while cutting the stitching as well as the extra needle holes, the risk/reward would favor trimming for me.
    +1 on this. Also +1 on a walking foot for looooong seams. You were right about being meticulous--I could see where you used the grid in the ripstop as your guides...

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    Guess I will have to bust out my walking foot tonight and get some practice with it. Never used it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston View Post
    Or just trim it off and start again.

    Make timing marks along the ridgelone every foot or so. Make sure they line up as you are sewing. The reason for the difference is one piece of fabric os feeding more than the other. You need to hold each piece with a bit sifferent tension to compensate.
    EXACTLY, timing marks will help you adjust feed manual of the top or bottom piece and align the marks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston View Post
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    Make timing marks along the ridgelone every foot or so. Make sure they line up as you are sewing. The reason for the difference is one piece of fabric os feeding more than the other. You need to hold each piece with a bit sifferent tension to compensate.
    I always make timing marks on all my seams. Couldn't sew without them.
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    I just couldn't bring myself to cut any cloth off, so I seam ripped it while watching tv. Took about an hour but I didn't damage the fabric. Won't be able to sew it back together until later this week.

    If I find that timing marks aren't lining up, how do I correct it?
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