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    I heat seal any cut edges but the frayed/unfinshed edge that's on most fabrics when you get them I just leave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    I heat seal any cut edges but the frayed/unfinshed edge that's on most fabrics when you get them I just leave.
    That depends on what you're making...for some things, you don't want to use the selvedge - it's not as strong usually. On my tarps, for instance, I cut it off so I'm using nothing but "good" material in the ridge seam. Ed's black sil, just as a side note, doesn't have noticeable selvedge. His grey does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop351 View Post
    That depends on what you're making...for some things, you don't want to use the selvedge - it's not as strong usually. On my tarps, for instance, I cut it off so I'm using nothing but "good" material in the ridge seam. Ed's black sil, just as a side note, doesn't have noticeable selvedge. His grey does.
    I also cut those off. I think I gain in terms of strength while only losing a couple inches of width.
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    ok you have trimed the frayed edges off. You now have a nice edge to put a hem on. If your gonna make a 1/2" hem do you fold the edge of the material back say 3/4" and pin it then run you thread 1/2" from the folded edge. I hope that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    ok you have trimed the frayed edges off. You now have a nice edge to put a hem on. If your gonna make a 1/2" hem do you fold the edge of the material back say 3/4" and pin it then run you thread 1/2" from the folded edge. I hope that makes sense.
    Not following you on this one. Here is what I do.

    I make 3/4" seams (no good reason, just like the way they look). I fold the heat sealed end over 3/4", then fold that under itself 3/4". I then add a pin in the middle of this. I put 2 rows of stitches in this. One 1/4" from each side. This way there is 3 layers of fabric in the entire hem. There is also 3 layers of fabric in each row of stiches. I think this gives you the strongest hem.
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    that must take a while to fold,pin and sew it twice

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ewker View Post
    that must take a while to fold,pin and sew it twice
    It did at first, now after I few hammocks and a couple hundred feet of sewing I can do it without pinning the entire length. I usually just measure and pin the end, then use the marks on the machine plate and fold as I do. It took awhile and a couple failed hammocks for me to get to this point. Right now I only pin the entire length of things I have a lot of time or money in. My hammocks only run $4, so messing one up is not a big deal.
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    Folding twice is necessary on most things - it's called a rolled hem. This way, the cut edge is completely hidden. Pinning and sewing each time is time consuming, but until you're comfortable with the mechanics of sewing it keeps things a lot straighter. I hardly pin anything anymore. If I need a hem or seam to be really nice and straight I might pin it once (fold it twice first, then pin), but usually I just fold in 6-8" increments as I sew.
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    I should add that the lines of the ripstop in the fabric are really helpful guides. But they will strech. So if the material is pulled alot they may not be straight. It is helpful for me in making straight cuts and stitch lines, but use at your own risk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    I should add that the lines of the ripstop in the fabric are really helpful guides. But they will strech. So if the material is pulled alot they may not be straight. It is helpful for me in making straight cuts and stitch lines, but use at your own risk.
    I've found that a separate straightedge is much more reliable. JMO.
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