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Old 08-12-2013   #1
 
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what kind of fabric to make my own king sling?

I am looking to spend the winter sewing up some things for next years rafting and wanted to know what kind of fabric do-it-yourself people are using for drag bags, king slings, and drop bags. They seem pretty simple to make. I want to use basically the same stuff that the pro's are using. Any thoughts?

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I found it very difficult to locate quality fabric that would hold up to boating. Even when it would be called what should work, it didn't. I ended up getting 4-5 yards of fabric from jan at stitches and stuff.
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I have found that the people who do this for a living, will sell you the fabric, but they wont reveal their source. I heard the same thing from one of the river rangers down the Grand. They wanted to sew their own stuff, but had to buy the material retail. And who can blame the people that do it for a living.
I have seen that material a couple of times covering dump truck loads. The next time I see it I think I am going to follow that truck and find out who makes their covers and maybe get the source.
I found something similar at a place that makes awnings but they wanted way too much per yard so I passed.
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Check upholstery shops. It's often used for outdoor chair covers and as structure under foam in chairs and couches. Best news is you can sometimes buy remnants.
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I use Seattle Fabrics
Suntex Exterior Roll-Up Shades and Phifertex Fabric
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Looking for a place like this? Heavy Duty Fabric and Canvas Or this? http://www.ahh.biz/fabric/
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I would try petersen canvas in fort collins. Not only would they likely have the fabric, but I bet they would give you some tips on the best way to work with it.
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sunbrella is one of the other brands.
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+1 for Seattle fabrics for any exotic fabric.

Phifertex is the primary material for vinyl covered mesh, IMO....and an old school, all steel singer.
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Thank you all for your suggestions. It appears that many of you are correct that Phifertex mesh is what everyone recommends. It sells for around $13/yard plus shipping. Not cheap, but not crazy either. I will try making stuff this winter and see how it goes next season. Thanks as always buzzards.
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