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How to hot cut nylon webbing at home

Updated February 21, 2017

Cut strong nylon webbing to size and use it in a variety of home, garden, DIY and fashion projects. Cutting the nylon webbing fibres without heat sealing will result in fuzzy, frayed end, but hot cutting nylon webbing seals it as you slice. Commercial hot knives used in industrial webbing cutting operations are expensive and large. Hot cut nylon webbing to the sizes you need for your project with a couple of basic items you may already have around the house.

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  1. Measure the length of nylon webbing you need to hot cut and mark a straight line with a permanent marker. Measure a second time once you have made your mark to make sure everything is lined up correctly.

  2. Put on a pair of heat-resistant thick cloth or leather gloves and hold a pair of high-carbon stainless steel shears by the handle in the closed position.

  3. Heat the cutting edge on both sides of the scissors nearest to the tips with the flame from a butane torch lighter. It's only necessary to heat a section of the scissors slightly wider than the width of the webbing.

  4. Cut through the nylon webbing with the hot scissors in one smooth motion that follows the permanent marker guideline.

  5. Wipe the blades of the hot scissors with a wet sponge to remove any pieces of stuck, melted nylon webbing.

  6. Check the cut edge of the nylon webbing to make sure it has heat sealed all the way across. Use the butane torch lighter to precision melt any areas that did not melt closed.

  7. Warning

    Dripping nylon is very hot and can cause severe burns. Work carefully and wear hand protection at all times.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Heat resistant thick cloth or leather gloves
  • High-carbon stainless steel shears
  • Butane torch lighter
  • Wet sponge

About the Author

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.

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