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Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
sewing tyvek on 03/10/2006 21:56:26 MST Print View

I've read a few times on these forums that you can't sew tyvek. I just made a rock throw bag and a stake sack out of tyvek. Sewn by hand. They turned out fine. Am I missing something here?


Mike Barney
(eaglemb) - F

Locale: AZ, the Great Southwest!
Re: sewing tyvek on 03/11/2006 09:02:50 MST Print View

I think the primary issue in the past with sewing tyvek was mfg. recommendations (Hey, how many house builders sew house wrap???).

There are good articles onthe web about sewing tyvek:

In the past, most have:
Used the official "Tyvek Tape", which adds weight, is expensive and appears to be not much more than a good quality of strapping tape with "Tyvek" printed across it.

Can thermobond it but needed the right equipment as I understand it's a very narrow working thermal range.

You can glue it with a glue whose name currently escapes me ( I expect most rubber cements would work).


Vick Hines
(vickrhines) - F

Locale: Central Texas
Re: Re: sewing tyvek on 03/11/2006 12:24:44 MST Print View

You CAN sew Tyvek, but 1) it will leak, 2) it will tear on the stitch lines. If you hand sew it - as you did - you may have used a whip stitch which is the best one to use on Tyvek.

The glue to use is either Barge's cement or plain old Duco household contact cement. Both give a bond stronger than the Tyvek and both are flexible and waterproof.

Bob Gabbart
(bobg) - F
Re: sewing tyvek on 03/11/2006 16:05:39 MST Print View

Thanks for the info Vick. Well, I guess I'll see how it holds up. Next time I'll try the glue.

(andrustl) - F
sew tyvex on 08/10/2006 04:16:51 MDT Print View

I new here but when it comes to sewing tyvex I know you can sew a 9 foot by a 100 foot roll into a giant tube and run 200+ Vacation Bible School kids through it for a couple of hours and have no seam failures. I thought the stuff was super durable including the seam. Hope this helps.

Sam Haraldson
(sharalds) - MLife

Locale: Gallatin Range
Stuff sack on 08/10/2006 15:39:35 MDT Print View

I made a great little stuff sack out of a recycled Post Office envelope. It's a simple process and makes a really sturdy bag so far as I can tell. I've only had it on the trail for maybe ten days but the machine-stitched seams are holding up well so far.

Dwight Shackelford
(zydeholic) - F

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Gluing then sewing on 08/15/2006 21:59:13 MDT Print View

This popped in my head today as I was driving from getting some more Walmart fabric.

For a bathtub floor, or just floor, or for whatever purpose this makes sense, what about gluing a fabric lip around the edge of the tyvek, and then sewing to the lip.

Connie Foster
(conniejfoster) - F
Re: sewing tyvek on 12/31/2011 13:46:46 MST Print View

You can sew it by machine. Here is a link describing how to sew it, by the manufacturer. Some of the problems mentioned in other posts have to do with which type you use. Also, since it mentioned loopers in one description I figured it meant you could use a serger, since sewing machines don't have loopers. I used the same thread & needles recommended and it worked fine and is holding up.

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Gluing then sewing on 12/31/2011 13:49:08 MST Print View

>For a bathtub floor, or just floor, or for whatever purpose this makes sense, what
>about gluing a fabric lip around the edge of the tyvek, and then sewing to the lip.

The problem is finding an adhesive with the right characteristics that works well with both fabrics.