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    Frayed Edges

    I made a bishop bag based on this video, http://youtu.be/oMzgnBclaKA but the ripstop nylon seems to shed when I deploy the hammock. The edges are fraying a little at a time. I don't have much sewing experience so any advice is helpful.

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    Any time you cut any nylon fabric it helps if you take a flame and seal the edges. If you don't it will fray apart. Alternatively you can use a hot knife. But if you can expose the fraying edges enough to run a flame close enough to seal, but not too close to burn a hole (trust me it's easier than you think) that should do the trick.
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    Practice on scraps. Approach the fabric with the flame from the side, not below. If the flame actually touches the fabric, you've gone too far.
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    Anytime you leave raw edges exposed to friction, like ppulling out the hammock, you run the risk of fraying. Either seal the edges with a flame or lacquer (like "Fray-chek" or clear nail polish) or enclose the edges inside a rolled or french seam. An other way of dealing with it, although not entirely successful, is to do a zigzag finish to the edges. If you have a serger you can use that as well.

    Once the beastie is finished, it is probably easier to singe the edges or paint them with nail polish. (Use the cheap stuff from the dollar store. You want the lacquer, not nail conditioners and all that stuff. El cheapo nasty is the way to go.
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    Most gear will use a seam that hides the raw edge. This eliminates this issue.

    Flat-Felled seams are very strong, probably overkill for a stuff sack, though..

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    I seal all edges whether double folded or not. It's easier than you think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    Flat-Felled seams are very strong, probably overkill for a stuff sack, though..
    Flat felled seams and their folded french seam counterparts are not really practical for a stuff sack. You need to be able to open the panels flat to finish the seam properly. A rolled seam or regular french seam will seal the edges just fine and provide plenty of strength. Another option involves "pinking" the edges with pinking shears. These are special shears that cut a zig zag edge. While the edge can still fray it it somewhat self limiting as the little triangles that fray out gum up the works on the longer threads. You need a good seam allowance to have that work though.
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    I'd listen to RamlinRev... I do...

    My only issue with Pinking shears is they're so darn pricey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    I'd listen to RamlinRev... I do...

    My only issue with Pinking shears is they're so darn pricey!
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