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Thread for Canvas?
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posted 05-21-2002 09:56 AM ET (US)
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?
posted 05-21-2002 10:32 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-21-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-21-2002 02:13 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-21-2002 08:29 PM ET (US)
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: "...it 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.
posted 05-22-2002 09:43 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-22-2002 09:51 AM ET (US)
I always fixed minor blow-outs with a sail needle and sail thread. Stuff is tenacious, I think its dacron but not sure.
posted 05-22-2002 11:04 AM ET (US)
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 ?
posted 05-22-2002 12:32 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 05-23-2002 03:32 PM ET (US)
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