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    Spiderwire Dyneema Fishing Line

    Don't know if this has been asked before, but has anyone tried using Spiderwire line for sewing thread on any DIY projects. Comes in several different strengths (in pounds) and I think the smaller diameters would work as thread for sewing. I can assure you you can't break this stuff with your bare hands, at least not most of us. It is tough and requires a sharp blade to get a clean cut.

    I'm thinking this could be used for edging seams, corner reinforcements, or other places that have higher tension forces.
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    I have and it is amazingly strong tough to work with but unbreakable!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moondoggy View Post
    I have and it is amazingly strong tough to work with but unbreakable!
    What strength line and what size and style needle did you use?
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    In general, I think I'd prefer that stitches fail before other, more expensive things. There may be exceptions.
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    Well designed seams fail at the fabric away from the stitching, so simply making the stitching stronger won't get you a higher ultimate capacity. But I'll bet it's wear resistance is incredible relative to thread. Would probably be a good choice for attaching gros-grain and closing exterior seams on packs.

    Just keep stretch in mind when stitching seams parallel to loads, so you don't concentrate a bunch of tension loads in the threads themselves. Even if the spider braid doesn't fail, it will cut right through the fabric. I learned early on in school, fasteners (rivets or thread) work best in pure shear loading.

    Also depending how slippery this stuff is, it could too easily slide through the fabric during use, sawing at it (especially if it is a much harder polymer) or just coming loose. I've heard folks around here mentioning these issues with full size Amsteel cord and knots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelToe View Post
    Well designed seams fail at the fabric away from the stitching, so simply making the stitching stronger won't get you a higher ultimate capacity. But I'll bet it's wear resistance is incredible relative to thread. Would probably be a good choice for attaching gros-grain and closing exterior seams on packs.

    Just keep stretch in mind when stitching seams parallel to loads, so you don't concentrate a bunch of tension loads in the threads themselves. Even if the spider braid doesn't fail, it will cut right through the fabric. I learned early on in school, fasteners (rivets or thread) work best in pure shear loading.

    Also depending how slippery this stuff is, it could too easily slide through the fabric during use, sawing at it (especially if it is a much harder polymer) or just coming loose. I've heard folks around here mentioning these issues with full size Amsteel cord and knots.

    TCB
    Good info here. Thanks. It definitely is slippery (some has Teflon incorporated) and I also thought about it having such high strength that it might eventually cut through the fabric under the certain loading conditions/locations. Agree with the thought about using on gros-grain.
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    Rockdawg69...I think you have a solution looking for a problem. The stronger polyester threads are strong enough for our needs. Even standard polyester thread will take care of most hammock needs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    Rockdawg69...I think you have a solution looking for a problem. The stronger polyester threads are strong enough for our needs. Even standard polyester thread will take care of most hammock needs.
    Agreed. I've been using those for years and have had no problems.

    Sometimes things just pop in your head when you are focused on the other activities in life - like which one of these fishing lines do I want to spool up for hauling that 10 lb bass out of the lily pads. Dyneema line! ahh-ha! What else can I do with that?
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    I've actually sewn with 75# once. I was stitching aluminum sheets together with a Ti wedge point needle size 26. It was great for that, but for fabric I would not reccomend.
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    interesting

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