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    Question Best way to finish Mos-Quit-0 net edges

    Anyone got a good way of finishing off mosquito net edges, and a good way to measure and cut some decent straight lines? I'm trying to make a basic 8x10 net and I've tried everything, glue, binding, double sided tape, everything.
    This stuff is driving me normal...It's like trying to sew a noodle onto a spiders web if you ask me.

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    I have found the best thing to do with netting is... well...

    NOTHING.

    The netting I have used doesn't unravel... So I do NOTHING. The other option is to finish it with grosgrain, if you have to do SOMETHING.

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    I simply fold the edge over on noseeum by 3/8" and sew a line. It just gives it a cleaner look, but as John said, it doesn't unravel anyways. I don't seem to have a problem sewing it any more than I have problems sewing ripstop. But, I'm also not selling my gear for real life money, so it doesn't have to be perfect.

    I've found that you can actually fold the netting and run your fingernail down the crease, and it will hold it's shape reasonably well while sewing. I leave my top thread tension at 0, and haven't had any issues.
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    Thanks for the advise all. If I wasn't so picky I'd just throw it over my hammock and it would be fine I'm sure. I actually visualized it with a binding of some sort around all four edges but when I tried putting a binding on it. (Grosgrain) what a freaking nightmare. Too jagged and too stretchy for my technique. Didn't know you could sew the stuff, I'll try that next.

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    First I lay it all out. Then I put books on it and stretch it out. I mark my lines with a chalk pencil, you can mark a line without pulling on the netting. Then I slide my cutting sheet and use my straight edge and cut with a rotary cutter. Then to finish it off I use grosgrain ribbon...

    Well that is how I used to do it. Now I lay it on the floor and use a straight edge and cut with scissors. I have found that quick and dirty give almost identical results as particularly measuring and marking. It comes with Patients and Practice.
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    I fold over the edges for a bug net. I finish the edges with grosgrain for gear stashes.
    I found that it worked well when I put some tracing paper under the netting when sewing and them just tear it away when I am done. Made it go through the machine very easily and made it easier for me to see.

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    Sound like most are using grosgrain. Maybe mine is too thick cause I'm having a hard time keeping the netting in the fold as I sew. Thanks for the ideas all. Heading back into the shop now to mess with it some more.

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    I've done better when i stabilize the netting near the cut with blue painters tape. I usually apply it before I cut it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExPXGUY View Post
    I've done better when i stabilize the netting near the cut with blue painters tape. I usually apply it before I cut it.
    Great idea! I'm going to try that. Failed at putting binding on it again tonight. Ended up cutting all the binding off and now back to square one.
    Thanks

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