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Thread: Need some advice

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    Would any one please tell if they know which thread I did to use when embroider a flag for out side use. And the fabic to use,so that it will last. thank you ruth

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    I don't know anything about the right thread, but I just made a wind sock and I think the fabric I used was nylon. I bought it at Hancock's, and when I told them what I was making, they said, "Oh, for a flag, and directed me right to a section that had about 12 colors. I am pretty sure it was nylon.

    So far the wind sock has held up to some pretty fierce Texas winds.

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    thank you so much for the advice on the fabic

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    I made a large banner for an outdoor venue using the "flag corps" fabric (I think it is called rip-something) that is either polyester or nylon. I just used the regular Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus thread that I use for everything and it has worked fine for an extended period in fierce wind conditions.

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    thank you i will try that

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    Fabric, rip stop nylon. Use polyester machine embroidery thread. Choose a design that is not very dense as the nylon sort of perforates. I would use a washaway stabilizer. If the flag will be viewed from both sides, you will need to use matching bobbin thread.

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    I was knot to sure about the polyester thread if it would hold up in the sun.

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    Whenever I make anything for outside, I use ripstop nylon and make it with french seams so it doesn't fray.

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    I use a UHV thread that holds up for years in the sun, wind, rain & snow of Flagstaff, AZ. This thread along with some great sunbrella fabric is what I use to make deck furniture covers, pillows and awnings. It's a heavy fabric but is still flexible. Be sure to look into heavy duty needles when sewing with this stuff. PM me if you want to know the company I work with. The thread comes in large cones but well worth the investment and I've used in in working with nylon fabrics as well.

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    I used rip stop nylon and polyester thread for some garden flags. I had the flag up for 2 years and then got rid of it because of the mildew--we live in the woods.

    you can google rip stop nylon--tents are made out of it too.

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