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    As many have issues just cutting ripstop (scissors need to be extremely sharp), I just use woodburning pen to cut, on top of a piece of masonite on the work table, seals edges and cuts clean thru.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    My only issue with Pinking shears is they're so darn pricey!
    Don't go out and buy them. A good pair can run you >$75. A cheap pair is worse than useless. However... if you happen to have them lying around go ahead and use them. They've been pretty much made obsolete by the more modern tools of zig zag stitching and sergers. They still have a legitimate use but not so much for gear making. And they are wicked expensive to have sharpened. Plus they are not something you want to tackle at home unless you have major honing skills on sawblades and chain saw teeth. Not a DIY honing item IMO.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I use a small candle to sear the edges of nylon, I work from the side. I cut then sear, then cut the next side & sear.

    I am going to start a new project, I have a nasty little quilting iron, it comes with a few tips, it looks a lot like a woodburning wand, with little pointed or flat heads. I call it nasty because I have burnt the heck out of my fingers using the device when quilting. I do think it will seal the edges of nylon. I always use some sort of additional finish on nylon seams. Just searing them is not enough for what I do to them in actual use.

    My experience with nylon runs to making down coats, gaiters, throw blankets, that type of stuff, not hammocks or UQ...

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    so, if I have a two layered piece of gear (making a bridgeskin without the bridge- aka a gearskin pack) and turn it inside out so that the seam is inside the piece of gear, I shouldn't need to seal the edges- or is it going to unravel anyway and break past the stitches?

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    Quote Originally Posted by titanium_hiker View Post
    so, if I have a two layered piece of gear (making a bridgeskin without the bridge- aka a gearskin pack) and turn it inside out so that the seam is inside the piece of gear, I shouldn't need to seal the edges- or is it going to unravel anyway and break past the stitches?

    Thanks!
    run a line of top stitching around the perimeter if you want to be sure. That should stablize every thing so it won't ravel. Of course if you use a constrating color you add a bit of bling at the same time.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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