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    Do I need grosgrain?

    I'm about ready to try my first DIY trap and am wondering if I can skip the grosgrain along the edges. Just lookin to save a bit of weight.

    Will it seriously compromise the strength of the tarp? Or will a hem be enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumt1941 View Post
    I'm about ready to try my first DIY trap and am wondering if I can skip the grosgrain along the edges. Just lookin to save a bit of weight.

    Will it seriously compromise the strength of the tarp? Or will a hem be enough?
    It looks nicer to have the gross grain. But, I have made all my tarps without it after my first one and they have worked great.

    Also, some companies like Warbonnet do not use gross grain on the edges too.

    Fronkey

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    I think a tarp looks great with just a rolled hem. Just make sure you add in the the amount of material for a rolled hem to you don't get a smaller tarp than you want.

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    I found the GG isn't really needed for strength but depending on your skill and comfort level it can do wonders to cover up your stitch lines... I don't use it anymore...
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    wanted to add a shout out to Fronkey, all you other noobs out there check out his videos. Full of information.

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    cool, thanks guys!

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    I'm getting ready to make a tarp, and plan on using it just for the corner and ridgeline support about 6 inches into the fabric.

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    Just a rolled hem for me. I do use grossgain on the edges for about 4" in each direction away from the corners where my reinforcing patches are.
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