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    tulle bugnet?

    Tulle material is cheaper than no see im mesh... how well would it work as a bugnet? If it helps, I was specifically looking at this stuff http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/...on-net-fabric/
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    Its delicate. Papa Smurf makes em. Lotta comments about the use on previous threads.

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    It will work but in my experience it is more fragile and easily ripped or torn. Found that it doesn't like velcro especially the hook side. But for temporary or experimental applicatiion you can't beat the price.
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    Tulle is a "structural" fabric. That means it can be stiff and not easy to work with. It also means any long term folding, creasing or stuffing is going to weaken it even further. It is used for making veils, bows and other decorative adornments, particularly in the wedding trades. Some folks have good luck with it, but I don't care for it.

    Chiffon on the other hands is soft and drapes beautifully for dresses and garment top coverings. But as a bug net it can be very saggy. Again some people have had good luck with it. Personally, I don't like it.

    Organza is a fabric with characteristics kind of in between the two. I have not tried it as a bug net but that would be my next choice if I was looking for an alternative. All in all... I personally think it is probably worth the money for the real thing if you are looking for the best quality product.
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    I use tulle and have had no problems with it after hundreds of hangs with it. I have it on my tarp ridge line and it rolls up with the tarp. Velcro on the sides with rock pockets for draping. It also has held up to a 2 and 5 year old boy abuse. It's all in how you take care of your things. HYOH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeathC View Post
    It's all in how you take care of your things. HYOH.
    I'm not convinced it is that simple. Tulle is made from a variety of different content fabrics. It is available in different densities from different manufacturers. You may have a very different tulle than I have gotten. As I say... some people have had very good luck with it. Others have had it be a dismal failure. Simply saying "tulle" is not enough to say the whole thing. There may be sources that are better than others. Some folks have had good luck with a particular variety from Joanne's. Other tulle has been a disaster.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    What Ramblinrev is so right. So often you may know what you are talking about -- you being any number of posters -- but we the readers have no idea. Or worse, we have the wrong idea, because there is more variety in the marketplace than you know, and your description has not-specified the product you are writing about and have had a good or bad experience with.

    So, it isn't a HYOH and YMMV thing at all.

    I assume the tulle is polyester, because that would likely be cheaper, and the structural use Ramblinrev refers to, as for limited and single-use dresses and costumes calls for all the economy possible, considering the huge total expense of the project. I am sure that as soon as anybody talks of Noseeum and similar they may be talking about nylon.

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    JoAnn's Fashion tulle is the only one I would recommend and only if you are accustomed to caring for ultralight hiking equipment or want to make a prototype for a project.

    That said, it's my goto bugnet fabric. However, I wouldn't loan it out to anyone. If you are looking for a lighter but robust bugnet material, both www.owfinc.com and www.thru-hiker.com sell 0.7 oz/sy netting (at higher price of course).

    Common no-seeum bugnet and organza weighs 1.0 - 1.1 oz/sy. Netting is usually cheaper than organza and, I believe, more breathable.

    I have used all these materials for netting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    Common no-seeum bugnet and organza weighs 1.0 a1.1 oz/sy. Netting is usually cheaper than organza and, I believe, more breathable.

    I have used all these materials for netting.
    I've never tried organza... but some how your statement does not surprise me.
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    we had a bunch of some variety of tulle left over from our wedding, so we (my wife actually) made bugnets from the left overs. I am always ginger with it because it does rip easily. it works well on skeeter sized bugs and larger. if biting midges are a problem where you will be, get some noseeum

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