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    Can I use bias tape to finishing the edges of my hex tarp?

    I have the grossgrain already but if I can find a 100% polyester bias tape would it work to finish the edges?
    Are there any downsides to using something like this?

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    Good question and I look forward to the responses.
    My wife (can sew anything) didn't know what I was talking about when I mentioned grossgrain. She said it sound like Bias Tape....which I'll probably end up using on my quilt.

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    Bias tape is lighter and stretchier than gros grain. It is easier to form to the curves of a cat cut but probably would not stand up as long depending on use. For example I would not suggest using bias tape for tie out loops.

    If you are looking for an alternative to gros grain and can't find the bias tape you want you might want to consider twill tape. Still lighter and easier to handle than gros grain (IMO) it has the same kind of weave pattern as gros grain. Bias tape is woven with the pattern on a diagonal slant to the edges. Hence the term bias tape. Twill tape is woven with the ridge patterns running straight acorss the tape edge to edge. It is a more robust product but not as heftyas gros grain.
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    I think it would work. It's not as robust as gross grain, as Rev said, but if it was my only option I wouldn't hesitate to use it. The poly twill tape is pretty light weight as well. Your goal for binding is really just to keep the edges from ravelling.

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    Tarps don't need binding, a simple rolled hem works just fine - so, yes, absolutely, you can use bias tape to bind a tarp. You'd be hard pressed finding any bias tape under 70 denier anyway, which will likely be a 40 denier jump up from your tarp material.

    Yes, do make sure it's polyester or nylon bias tape, no cotton.

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    Thank you everyone.

    I think the bias tape will save some weight and still serve the purpose I am looking for. I don't want to deal with rolling a hem if I can help it, call me lazy lol. This will make the tarp have a clean look and will be more structural than a rolled hem I think.

    I will be using nylon webbing for the tie-outs, so no worries there.

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    I bought a binder foot for my thread injector. Its adjustable. I used it on the tarp above with 16mm grosgrain.
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