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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikestrip View Post
    Looking to combine two lengths (3x9) of PU Coated Ripstop to create a 6x9 tarp. ... I'm not sure the machine will tolerate the thickness of the coated material. how do the DIY'ers solve the strength issue?
    Looking forward to hearing various successes!
    What type of needle are you using? You likely want a size 14 sharp point. (The sharp pointed needle is for sewing tight weaves as it will cut through the fibres), vs a ball-pointed needle which is for sewing looser fabrics.)

    Ripstop is pretty light so you normally use a size 11 needle but as you have 3 layers you might try going up to 14.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desilva View Post
    What type of needle are you using? You likely want a size 14 sharp point. (The sharp pointed needle is for sewing tight weaves as it will cut through the fibres), vs a ball-pointed needle which is for sewing looser fabrics.)

    Ripstop is pretty light so you normally use a size 11 needle but as you have 3 layers you might try going up to 14.
    That's great info. The girl at JoAnne told me to use a ball-point! I need to stock up on Needles for my new (vintage) machine!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    The girl at JoAnne told me to use a ball-point!
    She may be referring to what is known as the "Universal Ball Point" which is not the same as a ball point needle. The universal is a hybrid which has sharp and ball point qualities. For most uses they are fine. However, if you ever decide to work on knits or highly stretch fabrics (not likely when making gear) you will want to use a true ball point. The true ball point is not recommended for tight weaves like ripstop as it will not pierce the fabric easily or properly. But true sharps are getting harder and harder to find except in specialty shops. Look for the term "Universal" or "Sharp" on the labeling. Those needles will do what you want.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    She may be referring to what is known as the "Universal Ball Point" which is not the same as a ball point needle. The universal is a hybrid which has sharp and ball point qualities. For most uses they are fine. However, if you ever decide to work on knits or highly stretch fabrics (not likely when making gear) you will want to use a true ball point. The true ball point is not recommended for tight weaves like ripstop as it will not pierce the fabric easily or properly. But true sharps are getting harder and harder to find except in specialty shops. Look for the term "Universal" or "Sharp" on the labeling. Those needles will do what you want.
    Thanks Rev!

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