> Okay, not actually sewing a kite, but I have decided to learn how to build a
> kite by first learning how to work the materials. I bought some ripstop from
> our local fabric store and am going to create a banner.
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> Please direct me to *basic* techniques,
It's easier to answer specific questions than try to imagine what
you might have difficulty with...
> like what kind of thread to use with rip-stop,
The only thing to avoid is cotton - it tends to shrink
when wet (not that I've used it myself - I've just believed and
followed the advice).
> how to stop fraying when you don't have a hot cutter,
1) Don't look too close :-) I'm actually fairly serious here, it's
not much of a problem.
2) If the kite is inflated, put the raw edge on the inside.
3) Fold the raw edge under, and sew over it.
But if you're doing appliqu, just leave the raw edge...
> how to join panels with
> minimal VSL (visual seam line),
Don't worry about it. Just make it neat.
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