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    sewing questions

    i have a couple sewing questions
    with ripstop nylon do i need to use a special or thinner needle?

    do i need to use special thread?

    if so what type of needle and what type of thread?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Nothing special for RS nylon. The size of needle is mostly user preference, so anything in the 9 to 14 range is fine, although with the bigger sizes, the fabric has a tendency to pucker a bit more. I use a 10 or 12 for just about everything.
    I think the only specific thing about thread would to make sure it's 100% polyester. Beyond that, most of us use Gutterman brand, but any quality brand is fine.

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    +1 on what PF said.

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    Gutterman 100% polyester thread (also labeled as "Sew-All") is available locally at JoAnns and online from http://arrowheadequipment.webs.com/ and from http://www.diygearsupply.com/cgi-bin/isle.cgi?type=all both members here on HF. Plus, they have all sorts of other material that you will need for your projects.

    I use #12 "sharp" needles, usually Schmetz brand from JoAnns. Yes, all needles feel sharp but there are 3 categories - sharp, universal (regular), and ball. I believe "sharp" is best for thin nylons. The "ball" needles are for knits and the universals are in between.

    I would be remiss if I didn't direct you to Ramblinrev's fine tutorials on sewing for the likes of us DIY'ers.
    Check the 3 links in under Ramblinrev's post in this link... http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=30152
    Last edited by MAD777; 01-06-2012 at 16:58.
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