How do you sew heavy nylon strap webbing?

Webbing is a strong fabric that can be used to sew hammocks and bags. It is available in many types, colors, and patterns, making it pretty versatile. Heavy sewing the webbing demands particular manufacturing processes and materials, but it is easy to do. Try sewing straps to add webbing to messenger bags, purses, or backpacks!

1      1. Select the type of webbing that you would like to use. Webbing is available in a wide array of materials, colors, and widths. Choose the strap that will work best for you.

  • You can get cotton, nylon, polyester, and polypropylene thread. Cotton thread is useful for sewing handbag handles, while synthetic fabric thread is well suited for load-bearing projects, such as backpack straps.
  • Some types of straps have solid colors printed on them, whereas others have complex designs for their surface. You can also find some straps that have fabric that’s sewn with a ribbon down to the base.

 2. Count up the amount of webbing you need, rounding to the nearest yard or half yard. It’s important to get more straps, which is why it’s smart to round up to the nearest yard or half yard. 

  • For example, if you need 2.75 yards (2.51m) of webbing, you might want to purchase 3 yards (2.7m) of webbing.

  3. Determine the desired width of the strap. Straps between 1 to 1.5 inches (2.5 to 3.8 cm) long are most common, but you should be able to find narrower or wider straps at crafts shops and online retailers. Time to consider what will best fit your project.

  • For example, if you are adding straps to a backpack, you might want a 2-inch (5.1 cm) wide strap to provide comfort and stability. Or, if you’re making a small purse, a 2.5 cm (1 in) strap may be best.

      4. Glue the ends of the strap before cutting them. Begin embedding the ends in a piece of tape before stitching the webbing. The webbing unrolls easily, so wrap the tape around the edges of the webbing before cutting it to the appropriate length for your project. Wrap the tape around the area you plan on cutting the webbing as you make your cut.

  • Don’t shorten the longer edges of your straps to adjust their width. Cut only on the shorter edges to adjust the length of a piece of webbing.

  5. If you desire, melt the ends of the webbing after cutting them. Melting the ends of the strap can help keep it from coming undone. It’s a good option if you don’t want to leave the end of the strap in place after sewing the strap. Hold the ends of the strap over an open flame, such as a lighter, for a couple of seconds to melt the fibers and secure the ends.

  • If you decide to melt away the ends of the webbing, pay attention to not sewing through this area. This could take up your sewing machine needle.

2 1. Select a standard or heavy-duty thread. You can use a high-quality all-purpose thread to sew most types of straps. However, if the webbing is very thick or dense, you may want to use heavy-duty thread. 

  • Make sure the thread color matches your strap, as well. For example, if the webbing is dark, choose a dark thread.

      2. Replace your sewing machine needle with a heavy-duty universal needle. It is best that you purchase a new sewing machine needle before sewing the webbing so you can make sure the needle is sharp enough to pierce the heavy fabric. A heavy-duty universal needle is most effective in sewing webbing.

  • A 90/14 or 100/16 size needle works well for heavy fabrics, while a 110/18 or 120/19 needle works well for very heavy fabrics.

      3. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. The zigzag stitch will create a strong and strong bond between the webbing and the fabric. Assess the machine’s dial or digital display to set the zigzag stitch.

  • Consult your sewing machine manual to learn how you should set your sewing machine to the zigzag stitch. 
  • You can specify whether to use the straight stitch, as well. The zigzag stitch is ideal as it will cover a larger area.

3 1. Pin the ends of the strap to the fabric or to each other. Once the zipper is in place, pin the ends of your light lace to the fabric or to each other. If you are sewing the ends of the strap together, insert a pin through the ends of the strap to connect them where you want to sew.

  • Remove the pins just before sewing them to avoid damaging your machine.
  1. Place the strap and fabric under the presser foot. Raise the presser foot lever of your sewing machine. Then move the end of the strap and fabric you want to attach the fabric under the presser foot. Lower the presser foot knob to secure your fabric in place.
    • Consult your sewing machine manual if you are unsure how to raise and lower the presser foot lever.
  1. Start sewing on the strap. Since webbing is a thick material, you may need to turn the wheel on the side of your sewing machine several times to get it started. Apply light pressure to the pedal as you do this, then stop spinning the wheel once the machine has started.
    • If the sewing machine is having trouble sewing through the webbing and fabric, you can keep turning the wheel to help it.
  1. Sew on the side of the strap loop. Pass all the way down and continue attaching the strap to the end of the piece. Once you’ve finished sewing the webbing to the fabric, remove the piece from your machine and cut from any excess rigging threads.

You may want to stitch the strap again after you end so as to be certain it is secure. Hold the lever on the side of your machine while pushing on the pedal. This will change the path of the machine and enable you to sew the area you just overshot.

Repeat this process to sew the other end of your strap.

 How to give stitches with nylon thread in sewing

Nylon thread is a transparent plastic thread used to stitch sheer fabric. You can find yarn at fabric shops, hobby and craft stores, and online. It’s a delicate and lightweight thread used to stitch by machine as well as by hand. The trick when using nylon thread is to pull it taut as you stitch. Here is how to proceed when sewing by hand.

You will need to:

  •  Nylon thread
  •  hand sewing needle
  •  body
  •  pins
  •  scissors

Steps to follow:

Step 1: Cut a piece of nylon thread 24 inches long.

Step 2: Thread the needle with the thread. Pull the two ends of the thread so that they are equal in length. Tie the two threads together in a knot.

Step 3: Trace the needle from behind the fabric place to the desired place for the fabric. Pull the thread through the fabric of at least 1 inch.

Step 4: Make a 1-16 inch long stitch. Position the point of the sewing needle between the two threads, just above the knot. Take the thread along the top portion of the material until the knot rests against the material. Proceed to pull the thread up and across the material through the knot to secure it to the back of the material. Sew the seam up and down in an alternating motion.

Step 5: Remove the thread by pulling the needle to the bottom of the fabric. Leave between 3 and 4 inches of thread on the back of the needle. Insert the needle into the first stitch. Pull the thread taut. Insert the needle at the same location. Pull the needle through the stitch until the thread has passed through 1 inch into the stitch. Insert the needle into the stitch once more, and then into the loop that was created at the top of the stitch with the loose thread. Pull the loop tight. Cut the thread 1-2 inches from the knot.


And that is! It’s easy to learn how to sew nylon straps on a sewing machine because you just need the right accessories and settings to work with something as strong as this material.

However, you should know how to do an X-box stitch. Don’t worry, you can always practice scrapping nylon straps until you get the hang of it.

And of course, use a sewing machine that is powerful enough to sew nylon straps.

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