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    With silnylon, I fold once, sew that line, then fold the second time and sew the final line.

    Yes, it's more sewing, but it comes out right for me and I actually like sewing better than pinning. Plus, I get better results than with pinning.
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    My machine has a couple different feet that roll it for me. I just have to get it started and keep feeding it straight in. One is designed just to roll the edge over, I'd say less than 1/4". The other is adjustable depending on how much you want to roll. Using the feet seems to work pretty good for me. The trick is getting it started. The light slippery fabric doesn't want to start feeding, but once it gets started it works great. Before using the feet I was eyeballing it and feeding 6-8" at a time. The feet do take some practice, but worth it IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    I've heard of some guys using a glue stick to tack the fabric down (thinking of trying this myself). Others have used those butterfly style paperclips and have had success.
    The glue will eventually gum up the innards of your gear maker - not advised.
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    Gqgeek81 -
    I'm having dinner with Knotty and his wife tonight. I'll be sure to let him know what a pain his instructions are. (just kiddin' but I do need something to razz him about ).

    Glad to hear it's getting easier sewing the nylon; pinning is such a nuisance.

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    I just fold half the hem, and finger press to get the best crease I can then I fold over to the line, like the OP describes, and I clip on a barrette, I do this about 8'' to 10" at a time down an entire side. Then throw it in the machine, and just have to slip off the barrettes as I get to them. I use a 1cm or roughly 3/8" hem.

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    Barettes. Wow. I thought bobby pins were the most out there solution I had heard to this problem...

    This is sure a creative bunch!
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    once you get a hang of it you will be fine
    i have not pinned in a long time... the first few things i made i did the pins... then it got old and i just got use to rolling my hem as i sew ....
    ripstop is not bad to work with once you get the hang of it... Silnylon is bad LOL
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    +1 for barrettes

    They work surprisingly great, don't damage the fabric any, and hold better than bobby pins, IMO. And if you already have a daughter, then you've likely got more than they need anyways.
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    Gqgeek81 - Sorry you're struggling with the sewing. My instructions were meant to show how to build a hammock but I figured showing people how to sew was best left to others.

    FWIW, I just fold as I go, about 8 to 12" at a time. No pinning. The hem doesn't need to be perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    +1 for barrettes

    They work surprisingly great, don't damage the fabric any, and hold better than bobby pins, IMO. And if you already have a daughter, then you've likely got more than they need anyways.

    I don't have a daughter. Or a wife for that matter! Think it will seem odd for a 50 year old man to buy barettes?

    Of course I have a 2' pony tail so probably not. Just toss those in with the pony tail holders...
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