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    Posted: 30 January 2016 at 7:20pm
Hi,

I have Phifertex that I want to use to make sun shades for my sailboat and I wasn't sure how to seam the sections together. For everything else I've made so far I've used a flat-felled seam, but I can't picture that working for mesh like Phifertex.

I was planning on binding the edges for a clean look and possibly create some loops to attach to the stays, etc and hold it up. Is there a way to use that or something? Or do I just use a flat-felled seam and a short stitch?

Thanks in advance for any ideas you may have,
Dan
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Hi Dan,
Even though the material is a mesh (with an obvious hole pattern) it does sew very nicely. And you can sew it will long stitches without trouble. I actually recommend just doing an overlapping seam construction of about 3/4" and sewing a couple of rows of stitching. Then for the edges fold the material twice to make a three layer hem. This should allow plenty of "meat" for sewing on loops and even installing a few grommets if desired.

As a side note, the flat-felled seam will also work but I find the transition from one panel to next is not as smooth this way and you can see some seam puckering. I just personally think the overlap seams will give a nicer finished result.
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Thanks for the reply Matt, the tip about a flat seam will be very helpful.
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You bet. Send me a photo when you are done!
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