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Thread: Nylon flags and shredding??

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    Super Member Cris's Avatar
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    I have a friend in the Patriot Guards (welcome home group for soldiers). Their vehicles are motorcycles. So on the back of the bike, he has 3 flags (nylon) that he wants to know if I can do something to them to stop or hold off the shredding that happens during driving. Most of the flags are folded over like a hem. I can't fold over anymore because of the grommets at the one end. Do you think zig zagging would help? Some are heavy nylon, some are thin. Googled and didn't get any information. Hope I can get some help on this! Thanks!
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    i ironed wonder under around the edge of our flags at home, it did slow down the shredding for a while

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    I make small flags for a motorcycle club. They are made from nylon that I embroider the club logo on. I sew a strip of fabric on each edge the same as you'd do on a quilt....binding.

    You'd need to find "rip stop nylon" fabric to match the flags. JoAnn's sells rip stop nylon fabric & you can also find it on the internet.

    I would overlock or serge the frayed edges first, then do the binding. Use polyester thread, as it holds up better for outside items. Do not use an iron, as it may melt the fabric. I finger press & use allot of pins.

    You need a walking foot, or a machine that has dual feed, to sew it, as it is very slippery stuff to work with & also stretches in different directions. Use lots of pins or glue baste first.

    I would also suggest when they get new flags that a binding is added, over the hem, before they are ever used. The flags aren't really made to withstand the wind on the back of a motorcycle, but by adding the binding first it will allow them to last longer.

    The Patriot Guards also stand guard at funerals for soldiers or vets. An amazing group of people who give of themselves.

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    wonder if this might be of help
    http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase...ITEM_NUM=790-9
    i used to use it a lot in clothing, mainly shoulder seams.
    http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/p...RODID=prd10299

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    It's a good idea to reinforce the flags when they are brand new. It's harder to repair them once the fraying has started.

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    I made my own wind socks. The rip stop nylon shredded and the regular nylon is still blowing in the wind.

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    Thanks ladies!

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