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peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
finishing windshirt seams on 02/19/2008 13:22:53 MST Print View

Any suggestions on how to finish seams on a nylon ripstop windshirt?
I like the idea of taping the seams, except I dont know how much weight it would add. I could do a flat felled, or french seam, but I think it is more difficult and would love to save myself the trouble...

Charles Grier
(Rincon) - M

Locale: Desert Southwest
finishing windshirt seams on 02/19/2008 15:25:03 MST Print View

I guess that I don't see much point in taping the seams of a rip-stop wind-shirt. The purpose of seam taping is to waterproof a seam that would otherwise leak. Taping is most often done with Goretex and other WPB fabrics. Since a wind-shirt is not intended to be waterproof, there is no need for the tape. I generally use either a flat-felled seam or a French seam on the wind-shirts that I make. Either seam encloses the raw edge, keeps it from unraveling and gives a nice finished look. A French seam is not that difficult; a flat-felled seam can be a real bugger if you are working in close quarters like the inside of a sleeve. Also, a flat-felled seam really shows up wandering stitch lines so you need to work slowly and carefully when using it.

Edited by Rincon on 02/19/2008 15:28:31 MST.

peter kvamme
(karacolor) - F

Locale: midwest
Re: finishing windshirt seams on 02/19/2008 15:41:14 MST Print View

You are probably right about taping, I just thought it would be an easy way to protect the raw edges.
What about this method described on a page for kite-making?
I dont know if this is called taped seams or not. I think it would be easier than flat felled seams, but produce the same effect.

Edited by karacolor on 02/19/2008 15:52:57 MST.

Neil Bender
(nebender) - F
Re: finishing windshirt seams on 02/20/2008 16:06:41 MST Print View

I use a serger, but a tight zig-zag with an overlock presser foot also works.

Joy Menze
(catamountain) - M
French seam on 02/21/2008 00:00:52 MST Print View

A French seam ends up looking similar, but it's less work.

Edited by catamountain on 02/21/2008 00:37:49 MST.