May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm #1259345
so i purchased the quest outfitters tarp kit in an experimental and low cost stab at making a run at tarping it this summer.
first off – this stuff is insanely slippery. i've worked with heavier silnylon (from the corresponding G4 kit from quest outfitters) and it's proven to be reasonably workable. however, i found that i was resorting to chalk lines and sharpie's to lay things out for cutting. i was able to get things reasonably well cut out but i made a mess with carpenters chalk in the process.
is there a better way to do this?May 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm #1612977
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
I use either china pencils or sharpie ultrafine markers.
I work on an inexpensive Walmart table tennis table that takes thumb tacks easily.
Hope this helps.
SamMay 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm #1612997
Steve, Here's another suggestion.
Do all your layout on full size paper, cut out the pattern, pin it to your fabric then cut out the fabric following the pattern.
Some advantages are: you can draw directly on paper with pencil or ink, you can use a straight edge, swing angles and arcs, make corrections, stabilize your fabric for cutting and have a pattern for future use to boot!
Craft stores sell 36" wide paper by the foot. Tape two strips together for wider patterns.
I've tried transferring measurements directly to fabric and found it unsatisfactory (especially silnylon). I strongly prefer making a paper pattern first.
Help this helps,
-LanceMay 23, 2010 at 9:25 pm #1613013
Dry-erase markers (for whiteboards) work well on silnylon … and won't come off, so be careful where you mark.May 24, 2010 at 7:10 am #1613078
i think i'll be making a paper pattern for future runs at this. cleaning up the builders chalk on things has proven to be a royal hass.
thanks for the pointers folks. this silnylon is proving more challenging than i'd expected to work with.May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am #1613090
@funnymoLocale: Sunshine State
Visit your local newspaper – they (at least here) often let you have the unused (or leftover – sorry, I won't pretend I know why they have leftovers) rolls of blank paper about 30' wide. T
ape pieces together or use it as packing material for boxes, or for drawing paper for the kids.May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm #1613251
> Do all your layout on full size paper, cut out the pattern,
Even better – use 200 micron builder's plastic. You can see through it to check that the silnylon is flat and not creased. I use a lot of it.
CheersMay 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm #1613273
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Plastic doesn't work for me. My sil-nylon will still be flat, but it may be stretched one way or the other.
–B.G.–May 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm #1613330
How does your silnylon get 'stretched'? I have never run into that problem. I am working on a large flat polished wood floor though, with the silnylon just lying there.
CheersMay 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm #1613354
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
I start with a commercial pattern. I lay my own paper over it and trace the parts that I need. Then I cut out the paper outline of those parts. I lay the sil-nylon on my work surface and tug on it a little to get all of the wrinkles and folds out. Then I lay my outline papers onto the fabric and orient them so that I can get everything on one piece of fabric. I hold each outline paper and try to trace a line around it onto the fabric. However, due to the slippery nature of the paper and the fabric, they slide with respect to one another. The net result is that the outline that I am tracing onto the fabric gets stretched. I use a sharp razor knife to cut the fabric, and that has a tendency to pull the actual fabric more, one way or the other, but the fabric does not seem to snap back after it is cut. None of this problem happens when I use ordinary nylon.
–B.G.–May 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm #1613436
Ah – I see what you mean now. I thought you meant that the silnylon fabric got stretched.
OK, what I do:
Make pattern on 200 micron plastic
Add *carefully measured* seam allowance around edge of pattern (because later on I work off the cut edge)
Cut out plastic pattern
Place plastic patterns on silnylon and arrange
Pin the patterns onto the silnylon with lots of very fine pins at the edges, through the seam allowance. The 200 micron plastic takes this very well.
Cut out around edge of plastic.
That way there is no slippage or stretching of the pattern. The pin holes are all in the seam allowances, so don't cause me any problems.
CheersMay 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm #1613457
@scfhomeLocale: Chocorua NH, USA
Silnylon is kept on a roll to prevent wrinkles. Ironing has been tried, but fear it will damage the sil coating, or even the nylon.
A piece large enough for the pattern piece is pinned on the pingpong table at the four corners, being careful not to stretch the sil fabric.
The pattern piece, if not already so cut, is cut along where the stitch lines will be. It is placed on the nylon, and weighted so it will not shift. Then a line is traced around its edges onto the nylon.
Then the pattern is removed and another line is traced outside and around the inner line with the seam allowance I want.
Then the the nylon is cut at the outer line. Everyone has their own favorite cutter. After trying every type of gadget, I reverted to well sharpened Fiskar scissors. Personal preference, I guess.
Might have mentioned before, that I pin the silnylon seams before sewing with short straight pins, pinned so that the pinholes will be on or inside the stitch lines, and easy to seal, on the face of the faux flat fell seam (faux, because one side of the seam has no overlap outside the stitch line). I sew slowly, holding the silnylon fabric both in front of and behind the presser foot so that it does not stretch or wrinkle. I pull the pins just before the fabric goes under the foot. If the fabric starts to stretch or wrinkle around the pins, it is time for a long break, and a restart later. Why do I suffer this way?! I suppose a shrink might say it is masochistic, like backpacking. But BPL has greatly improved the latter, and with experience, the sewing gets less tedious. And it is quite satisfying to weather a storm under your own handiwork.May 25, 2010 at 4:25 pm #1613769
+1 on how Sam sews.
CheersMay 27, 2010 at 9:17 am #1614483
I lightly mark silnylon with either black or silver Sharpies and erase the marks with isopropyl alcohol. Test this on scrap, as the material and duration before erasing seems to be a factor in how well it erases.Jun 28, 2010 at 2:52 pm #1624222
Just make your pattern with newspaper, pin it onto the silnylon, and then use a soldering iron (used for electronics) to heat cut. It cuts and seals edges at the same time, so it wont fray and hence you dont have to hem! Saving fabric and weight!
Hope it works for you!Jun 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm #1624293
@fredmax56Locale: New England
In the past I used 30" kraft paper that you can buy at most retail stores. The problem is what to do if you need to make a pattern greater than 30"? I use to tape 2 pieces together but that can be a pain. I searched the internet and found a company that sells sewing supplies. The one I use is South Star Supply. South Star sells 40# kraft paperup to 72" wide. A roll cost 120$. It seems like a great deal of money but figure there is almost 800' per roll. I figure I have many years supply of pattern paper.
FredJun 28, 2010 at 7:42 pm #1624310
+1 on the sharpie pens for marking. For holding things in place, I've had good luck with masking tape to hold the fabric in place on floor or table, and also to hold patterns in place when using a pattern. A nice long straightedge is also handy for lager pieces – I have used an old 78" long level, and also some 1/16" thick by 1 1/2" wide aluminum left over from a jobsite.Aug 13, 2010 at 7:30 am #1637228
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
+1 for the fine point Sharpie marking pens.
I have also had great luck with Dritz Tailor's Chalk in blue and white, p.n. 642-66.
You can see what I am talking about at;
To a lesser degree I have used Dritz Dressmakers Marking Pencil, p.n.675-9 in white on darker colored fabric.
See it at;
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