question about ripstop upgrade

Hello, I was wondering, say there was a situation where there was fabric, but it wasn't quite strong enough, and I wanted to "upgrade" it to ripstop, by weaving or stitching a quadrille ruled pattern, is that possible?
The idea would be to add ripstop capability to a range of fabrics, I am learning more about textiles, and I hope that you can help me add that to my repatroire (sp?) thanks if you can help.
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Billy Shivers

I was thinking the same thing especially if the fabric in question is more than a few yards. I'm thinking adding vertical and horizontal lines of stitching 1/4" apart on 100 yards of fabric would be nearly impossible.
However, if OP has a particular color or print that must be used and it is not available in ripstop, then possibly a method for making the present fabric "stronger" would be to bond it to another fabric. That would depend a lot on fiber content. Or perhaps use a fusible *woven* interfacing.
It would be useful to have additional details on the actual fabric and prospective use Op has in mind.
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BEI Design
Interesting! I had never heard of that technique. I would love to get my hands on one of the metal "traditional sashiko thimble"s shown on that site. All they seem to sell are leather ones.
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BEI Design
For kites, but in a 3rd world environment. Rip-stop just isn't sold on the streetcorners. I guess I'm just spoiled.
That was a joke (I have a really dry sense of humor sometimes).
If I can keep the fabric from ripping, there's a wider range of colors available.
I'm kind of looking at weaving nylon fabric for kites--I might just make it from bottles of chemicals. It seems that there is such a great world of sewing, and the possibilities are endless.
Maybe I need to start with, is there a miniature loom or something, so that I can make test patches? I want control over all aspects of the fabric, to customize it--I don't want to order something from a catalog that has 20,000 things in it, and waiting 4 months for something that never arrives.
But, I appreciate your commentary, and I'll continue to work with all of your ideas that you can share, as I learn more.
Please direct comments to the group, so that other people might benefit from the exchange of ideas that (hopeful) continues?
Have a nice evening, and thanks for reading.
Reply to
Billy Shivers
Yes, that is interesting, thank you. But I wonder if the Sashiko technique can be programmed into one of the entry-level (less expensive) monogramming sewing machines? It kind of reinforces and thickens the fabric, doesn't it? Good reference. The sewing Gods are smiling--and almost as much fun as the van Gods (did you see those commercials--putting disco lights and purple Tiki water fountains in the back of 70's vans with those heavy, shag-plush interiors? Now there's a sewing project)
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Billy Shivers

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