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    Great research! There's nothing like DESTRUCTIVE testing!

    Sincerely, thank you for taking the time and investing the imagination, energy, and materials that went into this so that we can all be educated!
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    Good testing. Thanks for the info.

    On my tarp, I sew two bars, and then to boxes with 1 X in each. The grosgain is the bread around the filling of the tarp and the reinforcement underneath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NomadicPsyche View Post
    1. Create a triangle patch from 1.1 sil-nylon. Hem exposed edges inch fold once. Use a string 2.5mm stitch to hem.
    2. Use a 4mm rolled hem with special presser foot. 2.5mm straight stitch. Feed raw edge of patch through.
    3. Sew patch to the tarp with a 1.5mm long & wide zigzag stitch
    4. Sew 1 grosgrain to the tarp top with a 1.5mm long & wide zigzag stitch parallel to the edge
    5. Sew 3, 1.5mm long & wide zigzag stitch from the base of the hem out. One left one center and one right.



    Result: I can lift 100 pounds (strap together two barbells) of weight. I tested this 5 times and observed no visible wear at all. This is the most elegant design I could come up with and it is amazingly simple to accomplish.

    sooo ... perhaps a dumb question .... i'm doing this to my guide gear tarp ... should i use seam sealer on it??

    thanks for posting the tutorial ... very helpful. you rock

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    Quote Originally Posted by justradar View Post
    i'm doing this to my guide gear tarp ... should i use seam sealer on it?
    In all my years of tarp building I have only seam sealed ridge lines and center fabric pull out patches. The edges... I never worried about....
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    that's kind of what i figured. thanks for the response. i finished adding the tie-outs about an hour ago. came out pretty well. thanks all for the info. stoked!

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    This is an awesome thread/experiment I dug up looking for tarp tie-out ideas! I love digging up these great nuggets of information.

    I've already sewn my reinforcements on with straight stitches, and was going to just have my grosgrain tie-outs on the underside of the tarp...I'll now sandwich and use a zig-zag thread. Hopefully good for 50+ lbs even though I used straight stitching on the hem/reinforcement attachment.

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