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    just fold it and put it on as you sew, 6-8" at a time. no pins, and just one line of stitching.

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    I use some pins but mostly I use hem clips. They are nice because you can slide them down as you work and are quicker adn easier than pins. They also don't leave unsightly holes. I will also sometimes fold and iron grossgraine so I have it centered. That wasy when you are finished you don't find 3 inches on teh back that didn't get sewn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    just fold it and put it on as you sew, 6-8" at a time. no pins, and just one line of stitching.
    Thats what I did on the first one. Then thought... "there has to be an easier way."

    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    I use some pins but mostly I use hem clips. They are nice because you can slide them down as you work and are quicker adn easier than pins. They also don't leave unsightly holes. I will also sometimes fold and iron grossgraine so I have it centered. That wasy when you are finished you don't find 3 inches on teh back that didn't get sewn.
    Ill look into those, thanks.

    I did try Ironing the ribbon... Got a relatively decent crease in it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    I use some pins but mostly I use hem clips. They are nice because you can slide them down as you work and are quicker adn easier than pins. They also don't leave unsightly holes. I will also sometimes fold and iron grossgraine so I have it centered. That wasy when you are finished you don't find 3 inches on teh back that didn't get sewn.
    If you can't find them in the quilting section- look in the hair goodies section of the supermarket/dollar store- those look exactly like the "springy" hair clips I used in HS/College.
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    After reading this post, is grossgrain/ribbon needed for strength? Tighter pitch?

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    IME a binder presser foot makes it much easier to add edge binding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmudler View Post
    After reading this post, is grossgrain/ribbon needed for strength? Tighter pitch?
    The operative word is "needed". And it really is not _needed_ for anything unless you want to use it for something. Some people like the contrast of color. Some people like the stability is gives the edge. Somepeople like the strength they think it gives. It's all part of a personal approach to DIY projects. I don't use it because I prefer a different method of stablizing the edges. IMO a rolled hem is easily strong enough to pitch tight and withstand the tension so I roll some twill tape up in the hem just to give some stability to the edge.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmudler View Post
    After reading this post, is grossgrain/ribbon needed for strength? Tighter pitch?
    No, you don't need it. I did a rolled hem with reinforcing patches at the tie out points. Plenty tight and strong without "groin grain".
    Grosgrain looks pretty, some like it, some don't.
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    I tried using my hem binders but they would slip pretty bad, mine are plastic tho, not metal like the those that are linked.

    I used rolled hem on my first two tarps, and cross grain on my last one. I like the cross grain tarp better, I can pitch it tighter.

    Pinning is part of sewing, I must've used 10,000 pins when I made my kilt! A binding foot does help for sure.

    I have never tried glues or tapes, I was taught to use pins, and that is all I have ever used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frawg View Post
    IME a binder presser foot makes it much easier to add edge binding.
    That looks sweet.....

    I may try that.

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