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David Passey
(davidpassey) - F

Locale: New York City
Shoulder Strap Edging on 11/30/2010 19:27:28 MST Print View

Anybody know what professional pack manufacturers use to edge their shoulder straps? It appears to be some kind of nylon or polyester bias tape. It's quite flexible, and neatly sews around the curved end of the shoulder strap, much better than, say, grosgrain ribbon.

Help would be appreciated--this would make my shoulder straps much easier.

Marco A. Sánchez
(marcoasn) - M

Locale: The fabulous Pyrenees
Re: Shoulder Strap Edging on 12/01/2010 11:06:43 MST Print View

Some webbing comes with a central “channel” which simplifies applying it along edges. Something like this braid (, but non-elastic.

I’ve seen some of these in local sewing stores.

Edited by marcoasn on 12/01/2010 11:07:23 MST.

Javan Dempsey

Locale: The-Stateless-Society
Re: Shoulder Strap Edging on 12/01/2010 11:35:50 MST Print View

the pliable stuff is lycra binding I believe. I used some to make some straps, and yes you can bend it around the curves pretty well. The rigged stuff that's on the ULA Ohm I have is just grosgrain, and the Golite Ion I have on hand is just some type of nylon webbing. The ULA doesn't actually go around the bottom curve of the strap, but the Ion does, I imagine they used a binding inserter to make the look good.

The advantage of the lycra binding is that you can stretch it around the curves, just make sure you get your stitches even along the edges of the straps and then cut the lycra 1/8th inch from the stitch line. It doesn't unravel. The disadvantage is that it's kind of a PITA to get it tightly wrapped around the main strap material.