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    Sewing Spinnaker

    I've been thinking of just making a tarp. How difficult is spinnaker to sew in comparison to silnylon?

    It looks like the Spinnaker is going to cost about $155, so it won't be fun to mess up on the project.

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    It's fairly similar to workin with silnylon - a bit stiffer which makes it a bit more problematic if you have a large bunch going through the closed end of your machine. Bit all in all, if you're comfortable sewing silnylon, budget an extra 10-20% time wise and you'll be fine!
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    Brian, have you ever worked with the material listed on kitebuilder.com?

    http://tinyurl.com/yzp9gz5

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    I was looking at that kitebuilder.com fabric page and they had the fabric weight as "42 gram per square meter". Since everything else I am used to is not in metric I wanted to convert it and I just discovered the Google Calculator will do these sorts of conversions.

    I thought other might not know this also so...

    If you enter "42 g / m^2 to oz / yard^2" into a google search it will return "42 (g / (m^2)) = 1.23872804 oz / (yard^2)"

    Pretty handy if you don't want to memorize all those unit conversions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrprez View Post
    Brian, have you ever worked with the material listed on kitebuilder.com?

    http://tinyurl.com/yzp9gz5

    John
    I have never worked with that particular material, and while it is listed as 'doesn't absorb water', that is probably due to a DWR coating and not necessarily something that would be applicable to a tarp for long term use. It certainly would be interesting to order a yard and see how it performs...
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    I find the Spinn easier to sew than sil, by a long shot. It creases super easy and doesn't slide around quite as much which makes joining two pieces MUCH easier. Love the stuff!

    Careful with those kite folks, they lie about weights...a lot! Actually, they don't lie, they just don't disclose the fact that their weights are based on a different 'yard' system than the one we are used to dealing with. I forget what it's called, but it makes the fabric sound much lighter than it actually is; be sure to specifically ask about it. Just a friendly FYI.
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    their weights are often based on the pre-coating weight, and they often use some pretty heavy coatings.

    weights are also often listed by the sailmakers yard (28.5x36), but the added weight of the coating is what throws it so far off i think.

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