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    Making Tarps

    Is it necessary to put some type of lining on the edges of a DIY tarp? Would I be alright if I just put it through the surger?

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    I think you'd be better off with a rolled hem.
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    Ok, good idea, thanks for being helpful

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    Serging the edges would probably not be too durable in the longrun. The threads would be prone to snag on forest debris. You do need to finish the edge somehow. A rolled hem is one way, easy to do on straight edges, a bit more challenging on catenary curves. Another method is to use grosgrain. It adds a bit of weight, but I think it makes for a tighter pitch and adds durability. Silnylon does stretch, and can lose its water repellancy if stretched a lot. The grosgrain provides an edge less prone to stretch. Cutting your fabric with a hot knife will prevent fraying until the edge is finished. Practice your curved rolled hems on scrap first. They make special presser feet for this purpose but I find them awkward to use.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks for the input, I'm trying to save on weight so i think ill just roll the edges but I might use the grossgrain approach if I ever make a more heavy duty winter type tarp.

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    Ive been thinking about putting tie outs on my Hennessy 12'x10 tarp, how would you guys suggest attaching those, there are some Grip clips on JRB, should i just get those?

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    Glue them on with silicone

    Read this http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=44299

    You can use silicone to attach pullouts to a silnylon tarp.

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