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    Posted: 02 May 2009 at 8:23pm
I'd like to replace a side window panel which has only one-inch wide band of fabric all around it. The triangular panel zips to the top, zips to the side curtain aft, and snaps to the windshield frame.

Would 1" Sunbrella binding be OK for this? Or 2" facing folded in half to reinforce the snaps?

Looks like .030" glass.
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Use the 2" facing.  It will be stronger and look much better!

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Thank you, will do!
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I am patterning a new top and side curtains off of an old one.  The old windows have a 2.25 inch of sunbrella all around - looks like they folded a strip of 4.5" sunbrella, sewed that onto the plastic, and then ran seam binding all around. 
 
My questions are
1) should I use the sunbrella - or use 2 strips of 2" seam binding?
 
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2) If I use the sunbrella, should I cut the strips on the bias?
 
3) if I use seam binding - it will be a raw edge unless I put 1/2" binding around the outside - thats 8 plys + the window material!  Yikes -
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1. Either Sunbrella cut into strips or the facing will work. I would get the 2" facing as it is premade and will speed the process.
 
2. Only cut on the bias if the edges are curved and you intend to bend the tape to follow the curves. The width of the strips is such that bending the material will not likely work anyway so I generally cut straight down the warp of the fabric (lengthwise strips). If you need to follow curves it is probably best just to cut darts into the facing and overlap or spread the darts as you make the curves.
 
3. 2" facing is hemmed along both edges.
 
Hope this helps. Thanks, Matt
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Thanks - the clarification re the bias cut was very helpful.
 
 
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A couple of more questions:
 
What is the best way to cut the plastic panels - hot knife, exacto knife or sissors?
 
I assume it is best to make a pattern first; use 6 mil plastic?
 
Thanks in advance
 
 
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Hi Rumdiet:
 
DON"T cut clear vinyl with a hot knife.  It will melt away from the cut, catch fire, put out a lot of probably PCB laden smoke and your wife or girlfriend won't talk to you anymore because of the smell!Cry
 
I generally cut the stuff with a good pair of sharp scissors.  I also use an x-acto knife to cut out "smiley flaps" after sewng in the zippers.
 
6 mil plastc is very light.  I normally use 30 mil for enclosures.  It is clearer and less prone to wrinkles and distortion, and it is still light enough to roll.
 
 I hope hat this helps.
 
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Thanks - I'll stay away from the hot knife.
 
I bought the 30 mil stratoglass like stuff for the windows - I was asking if I should use heavy weight plastic for a pattern. 
 
 
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Canvex patterning material (102561) is perfect and it is only $2.25 per yard.  Width is 81".
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