Not all is as it “Seams”

Seamed Shade Cloth
Seamed Shade Cloth

The majority of shade sails are too large to fit inside the width of fabric off the roll therefore, they are made by joining strips of shadecloth together to form a larger panel – this process is called seaming.

Seams should be carefully located with aesthetics in mind – sails after all are not just functional and should include an architectural element. Lets say your sail is 4m wide and the fabric width is 3.6m wide – where is the seam going to be located. All too often a cheap sail will be made by joining a thin 400mm strip of fabric to one side of the 3.6m to make the 4m – while functional and low cost –visually, it is very unattractive.

Another common problem is the method used for seaming – the 3 common methods used are shown below – professional high performance sails should be made using the French Seam with 2 rows of lock stitching to provide full shear capacity:

Shade Seaming
Shade Seaming

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