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Old 06-10-2013, 12:29 PM
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Finishing Edges on Silnylon

I am working on the Bilgy tarptent and am wondering about edge finishing techniques on silnylon. The directions indicate a single folded seam that is stitched 1/2" and 1/4" from the folded edge. This leave a raw edge exposed. I didn't use a hot knife, but it doesn't seem like this fabric frays easily.

I was wondering if anybody has experience with leaving the raw edge of the silnylon semi-exposed like this? I was considering folding the raw edge into the hem or doing a rolled hem, but both seem like a lot of work on many feet of hem!
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:20 PM
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you might consider a bit of silicon daubing on the exposed edge to lock everything in. granted still a lot of work, but probably less challenging than a rolled hem.
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:13 AM
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Ah, that is a good idea! I will need to seal most of the seams anyway so I may as well cover the raw edges as well. DEFINITELY less work than a rolled hem... Thanks!
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Old 06-24-2013, 03:19 AM
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Is heat sealing with a candle flame worth considering, it may be a faff and you would need to be careful to not melt the edge completely.
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Old 06-24-2013, 11:26 PM
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I think I've seen where silnylon is fairly flammable. I recall seeing a demonstration somewhere on the internet (maybe YouTube), where someone left a candle lantern deliberately burning too close to the silnylon wall of a tent. The end result was pretty bad.

Unless my memory turns out to be completely wrong, I think it wouldn't be a good idea to try to melt/seal silnylon edges with a candle. Might get hurt.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:35 AM
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The only sensible way may well be to make your cuts using a hot knife.
I guess the edge of the knife could be run along the edge of the sil to seal cuts already made, but that is going to get annoying after a while.

I have tried sealing the edge with a candle, and with care its possible as you do not touch the sil with the candle.

The demonstration of the blazing tent is a timely reminder. But as you are not leaving the fabric and candle in one place the sil will not get as hot or combust.
As I said care is needed.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for your thoughts. I already finished my tent and had already made the cuts and started assembling when I made my original post. SO, too late for the hot knife and I am too nervous about using heat on my already made tent. I'm going to go ahead and coat the raw edges with seam sealer and see how it goes. In all the handling I already did with this fabric, it does not seem to have a tendency to come apart, so I think that will be fine.

I'm going to be testing this out for a week at the beginning of August, so if I have any issues with that method, I will report back here!
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