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george nagy posted 05-21-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)   Profile for george nagy   Send Email to george nagy  
This thread is in regards to canvas thread. I have some minor repairs to do to some of my sunbrella canvas. These repairs can easily be done at home but I cannot find out what and where to buy the proper thread. Anybody know?
Dick posted 05-21-2002 10:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     

If you have anyone in the area that makes boat tops and covers they would probably sell you what you need. They will have it on large spools, just rough out how many feet you need and give it a try. Don't think you will find it in a sewing store.

where2 posted 05-21-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
George, You definitely want to choose carefully when choosing the thread. The local canvas shops will be able to tell you which threads hold up against UV, and which don't. If they say "they're all the same", don't get thread from them... One of my old boat magazines had an article on doing your own canvas work. They listed suppliers. I'll have to see if I can find that article, if the canvas shops can't help.
ratherwhalering posted 05-21-2002 02:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for ratherwhalering  Send Email to ratherwhalering     
My canvas maker uses a "gore-tex" thread that is supposed to be bulletproof and outlast the sunbrella. You might want to ask about this.


Casey Casebeer posted 05-21-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Casey Casebeer  Send Email to Casey Casebeer     
Try to locate a thread called "Tenara" (not sure of the spelling). It is a synthetic thread used by the higher-end canvas shops, and comes with a guarantee that says something like: " the stitching rips-out, the company will pay to have it redone." This is supposedly a lifetime type guarantee - but obviously they can't guarantee that the fabric itself will last a "lifetime." Good Luck.
Tenara thread is Very expensive. About two years ago it was $75-$85 per industrial size bobbin. A good idea would be to find a shop that uses is, and ask to buy a nearly exhausted bobbin of thread.
DJS posted 05-22-2002 09:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     

The Astrup Company touts itself as "the single source for all your boating fabrics and hardware". They just about anything that is needed when working with canvas or other materials.

Hope this helps.


Chap posted 05-22-2002 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chap  Send Email to Chap     
I always fixed minor blow-outs with a sail needle and sail thread. Stuff is tenacious, I think its dacron but not sure.
Smallfrye posted 05-22-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Smallfrye  Send Email to Smallfrye     
Has anyone tried to use iron on patches to repair small tears or as backing around pass through areas such as antenna mounts, etc.
Will thes hold up on sunbrella ?
where2 posted 05-22-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
As for wear spots, my canvas shop added sewed on vinyl reinforcements to the inside of my cover when it was made to avoid the potential wear spot problem. If you can get reinforcement on before the problem becomes a hole, I would suspect you'd be better off. The "store bought" cover I had originally came with a stick-on patch to use in the high wear areas.
andygere posted 05-23-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere

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