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What are Taped Seams?

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What are Taped Seams? | Trespass Advice

When browsing for items on Trespass – and our sister shop DLX – you will come across the term ‘Taped Seams’ in the features and technical specification of many of our products. What on Earth are they, you might think?

Essentially, taping seams aids the waterproofing of clothing. Needle stitching leaves holes in the garment through which water can seep through when worn in wet conditions, however taped seams prevents this from happening.

Tape made of strong nylon cloth with a very thin yet heavy-duty waterproof rubber backing is used to seal off the seams of the garment, in order to make the stitching between the arms and torso completely watertight.

Seam tape cannot be applied at home as the process requires a machine that melts tape over the seams, so it is worthwhile checking for taped seams when shopping for clothing as it will provide additional protection that you sadly cannot DIY.

Taped seams do not only benefit waterproof jackets and trousers but also tents, where it is almost essential if you’re setting up camp in areas that might get wet.

Besides being a quality guarantee, taped seams are a way of ascertaining waterproofness in products and just strengthening the material in general.

 

The taping of seams is necessary in waterproof clothing because needle stitching leaves holes in the garment through which water can seep in when you’re out in wet conditions. Tape made of strong nylon cloth with a very thin yet heavy-duty waterproof rubber backing is used to seal off the seams of the garment, to make the stitching between the arms and torso completely watertight.

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Seam tape can’t be applied at home by yourself so it’s common practice to look for waterproof jackets, trousers and tents with the taped seams feature to ensure they’re fully waterproof. Manufacturers use set machines to melt the tape over the seams, without melting the fabric in the process.

Apart from being a quality guarantee, taped seams are a way of ascertaining waterproofness in garments and strengthening the material in general.

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