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    Cutting rips top

    I am now the proud owner of a Singer 257 thread injector! I picked it up at a sale yesterday. I have tried it out on some cotton shirts and it works great. Just picked up 3 yards of ripstop. My question is; how do you recommend cutting it? Pinking shears?, regular shears? Do you seal the edges or just hem it? Any suggestions are welcome. My first project will be a pad sleeve with shoulder and thigh foam additions. Thanks all!
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    I have two words for you. ROTARY CUTTER! They are awesome, just make sure you have something to cut on. Yeah roll hem the edges and your good to go.
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    Thanks Burning Daylight. I'll roll hem and move on. I've never sewn anything, this should prove interesting.

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    I second the rotary cutter. Also, I'd suggest using a walking foot and a quailty nylon thread. For what you're making, a rolled hem is great. I usually only seal the seams if there will be a lot of stress or needs to be waterproof.

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    unless you are working with coated material it's a good idea to heat seal it. The process is easy with a bit of practice.

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    I picked up a rotary cutter and mat cheap from HobbyLobby with a 40% off coupon. They usually have a 40% coupon every week. The rotary cutter makes things simple.

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    I use a wood carving tool to heat seal and cut my ripstop at the same time. Another thing you could use is a solder iron. It doesn't take much heat and it cuts like butter. Use a straight edge to help you hold your heat blade straight.

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    +1 on the solder iron.
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    I do not recommend nylon thread. It can really mess up the tension adjustments on a home machine. High quality 100% polyester is preferred for outdoor purposes. Nylon thread is most effectively used for hand stitching. Some people manage to use it, but I've never had much luck with it.
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    Thanks!

    thank you all for the help. I do have a soldering iron, I'll try it in conjunction with a straight edge. The rotary cutter will be purchased today. As for the thread, I purchased polyester thread from a company with a german sounding name Gutten....something. Hope it won't mess the machine up. I figured cotton was just right out. It will dry rot.

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