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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    This is one reason I like bias tape.

    With bias tape I get 5 layers of fabric with 4 layers cut on the bias which is definitely stronger.

    Recently I have been using the polyester bias tape from Quest Outfitters, 3/4" wide. Unfortunately I don't have a binding attachment for bias tape that wide so I have to sew once, then fold the bias tape and sew a second time. But the bias tape still makes everything easier - the first time just line the fabric edge with the middle of the bias tape and sew. Then fold the bias tape in half and sew again. With the binding attachment, the whole operation is accomplished all at once. You only need to sew once. Sometimes I will sew twice anyway to reinforce, spacing the stitch lines on different sides of the bias tape.
    How much weight does the bias tape add?
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    I've found that a separate straightedge is much more reliable. JMO.
    I do that when I am using anything other than $1 fabric of a project that warrents straight lines. Other than that, close enough is good enough for me.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    I have found that for a beginner (thats me) cellophane tape works great.

    I start the end how I want it and put a piece down. Then about 18in away I roll the hem and pull it tight. all the fabric in between will fold itself and is ready for the amount of tape you want. Tape doesn't leave holes and does not need to be removed when sewing. A good choice for anyone with little experience sewing.

    Once its all taped up run it though the machine. I keep everything looking straight by making sure the gap next to the foot is always the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    Just got back from the P.O. Weighed the bias tape.

    The bias tape comes out at 0.08 oz/yard.

    So the bias tape (11 2/3 yards) added 0.93 oz, figure 1 oz, to the weight of the Safari clone hammock.

    The Safari clone hammock now weighs 18.2 oz which is 3 oz over the weight of the ripstop alone. That means the Velcro (11 yards) weighs 2 oz or 0.18 oz/yard, which is within 0.01 oz/yard of my estimate per yard from Thru-Hikers figures for 1/2" and 3/4" Velcro.
    Thanks for the weight breakdown. I don't think I will add it to my hammocks, but I am thinking it might be useful on other things.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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