Tips for Sewing Silnylon
So what is this silnylon stuff? "Silnylon"
is silicon impregnated ripstop nylon. It is extremely waterproof,
and extremely lightweight. Ultra light backpackers love it for this
reason. It's a little tricky to work with, but making your own gear
our of silnylon is very rewarding.
- use an 80 or 90 needle
- use "taut sewing": apply tension to the
fabric with your hands, in front of and in back of the needle. The
object is to tension the fabric, not pull it through.
- use a good quality polyester thread
- a walking foot (even feed) is a very good accessory
Pinning: try the following
- glue stick
- binder clips
- pins in seam allowance
use SHARP shears.
try hot cutting with a soldering iron using a sheet of glass
underneath. This will seal your cut edge so it won't ravel, and if your
two edges are going to be seamed anyway it will hold them together.
rotary cutter with mat
Plain Hem: fold 3/4" twice and edgestitch.
Mock flat fell seam: illustrated here.
To make a "mock" felled seam, use a 1"and 1/2"
seam allowances, and fold the longer one around, then top stitch
sealing silnylon: use McNett Silnet.