- Mar 25, 2020 at 3:10 am #3637683
OK I did a test run with a zipper. I tried 2 ways. 1 with the teeth facing out and with the back facing out. I’ve read some where that when the backing faces out it gives more water resistance.
And something I tried is the following (I hope I can explain it clearly…)
Normally you sew the side of the zipper tape to the edge of the fabric. But I drew a 1cm mark from the edge of the fabric and minded the edge of the zipper with that line. The sew a line next to the zipper teeth. Then flip it over. Now you have a 1cm strip of extra fabric. Fold that over and tuck it under the zipper tape. Now you have a hemmed edge under the zipper.
See the drawing below. Red is fabric green the zipper and black the first stitch line.
The last stitch could be more to the edge…
What do you think of this option?Mar 25, 2020 at 4:06 am #3637686Roger CaffinMember
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Looks OK to me.
The only thing I could suggest would be to run a second line of sewing down near the edge of the zip tape, just for extra strength. No added weight.
CheersMar 25, 2020 at 4:08 am #3637687
Thanks.Mar 26, 2020 at 6:56 am #3637847
The zipper is installed with dual sliders for ventilation and the last felled seam is made. I now have a pyramid shaped piece of fabric 😊
Now just the hemming and tie out points at the base!
Some photos of the zipper and the messy peak… 😏Mar 26, 2020 at 8:29 am #3637858
That looks good
I like the messy peak : )
I just happen to have a picture of my peak (ignore the red arrow):
I make a circle of fabric. Hem around the edge. Set up tent with the messy peak. Apply the circle to the peak. Do one hand stitch for each seam. Pull the circle so there’s some tension. You have to do some folds in the circle to turn the circle into a cone shape.
I did a second circle with smaller diameter of a heavier fabric.
Then, take down the tent and do a row of stitches around the edge of the circle to sew the circle to the tent.
Then I added a grosgrain loop to hang it to dry it out if it gets wet.
That covers all the messiness at the peak and keeps the pole from poking through the fabric.Mar 26, 2020 at 8:33 am #3637859
Donyou do that for both the outside and inside?Mar 26, 2020 at 9:37 am #3637867
the larger diameter circle is the same fabric as the tent
the smaller diameter circle (on top) is some 200D fabric I just happen to have
probably just one circle of the same fabric would be enoughMar 26, 2020 at 9:38 am #3637868
the pole pokes against the fabric inside, maybe that abrades it, all that messiness has lots of layers of fabricMar 26, 2020 at 9:40 am #3637869
I just looked at it inside. I’ve done quite a few nights, some of them windy. I see no sign of wear.
Looking at the outside it doesn’t look like it wearingMar 26, 2020 at 10:05 am #3637874
Thanks Jerry! That helps a lot. Hopefully I can finish the base tomorrow and set it up.Mar 29, 2020 at 4:49 am #3638414
Thank you all for helping out! Without you’re advice i wouldn’t even start as such a project!
The finished tent can be viewed here
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