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    Shark
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    Sewing wetsuits

    I want to modify my wetsuit. Are there any special considerations regarding cutting and sewing neoprene?
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    Grand Master Spammer Founding Member
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    Measure twice, cut once?

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    sewing alone will not work. You need to glue the seam also. Use neoprene cement or aquaseal. Neoprene cement may be easier to use on a seam because you use it like contact cement. put two to three coats on each side of the seam, let dry between coats. Then put the seam together. You only have one shot. Once they touch there is no getting them apart.

    With aquaseal you have to hold the seam together during drying.

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    Adding one of these?


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    Sometimes I bet my husband thinks that would be nice to have on his wetsuit.

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    We have a couple of wetsuit tailor places here, and when I take customers, the first fitting has the seams glued, but they cut all the pieces larger than needed so that they can mark up exactly where the nips and tucks have to be. Then they re-cut, re-glue, and stitch over the seam with a flat overlock stitch.
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    Similar question

    I'd like to know too, and is it possible to add short zipper (ankle or wrist for example) to wetsuit and if so how? Any wetsuit tailors in the Phx area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rio28621 View Post
    <snip> is it possible to add short zipper (ankle or wrist for example) to wetsuit and if so how? <snip>
    Yes, that is possible, but you need to attach a little flap (placket) of thin neoprene to the seam on one side of the zip on the inside so that it lays flat against your skin and provides protection from abrasion from the zipper or catching leg/arm hairs in the zipper teeth.

    This web address has some basic information, but not "how to" details. However this book does explain the hows--you have to buy the book, though.
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    I cut the legs off a full 3mm I got for free once to make a LS shorty...sewed hems in with a regular sewing machine with no problems....just had to go really slow.
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