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Author Topic: Pin-striping techniques  (Read 1705 times)
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« on: July 20, 2012, 05:22 PM »

I have seen quite a few pin-striped kites around lately, and a few from Sugarbaker that look awesome. What are the techniques that you guys are using?
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2012, 04:42 PM »

I use a tedious "cut your own strips" technique!  LOL.

I take a long straight edge (48"x1"x1/8" aluminum strip from hardware store) and tape it down on the ends... I then slide black ripstop nylon under it and determine my strip thickness by lining up the bias.  for the Nylon I use, 3 squares of the pattern = approx 6mm.  Then I use a hot cutter (in my case a soldering iron with thin tip) to cut the strips.  The key is to tape the straight edge down while you cut so it doesn't move mid-process.  I cut 8 or 9 strips per kite and then glue them onto the seams I want to highlight (prior to sewing).  I use a simple elmers glue stick.  Finally, I trim the ends once the strips are glued in place and sew everything as I normally sew a sail.

I haven't explored much, but I'm going to look into getting precut stripping... ribbon of some sort... to make the job faster.  I only put strips on the front of the kite.
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