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Old 09-19-2018, 06:21 PM   #1
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Awning seam repair

Any tips on repairing an awning seam on a fabric awning. I have seen repair tape and glue. I am looking for suggestions before I try a fix.
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Let me ask you. Can you be more definitive as to what's ripped or, are you just having a seam unravel as in, the sewing and or thread is deteriorating? If it's just some thread deteriorating or a seam becoming un-sewn, that's easy. Well, I should say it's somewhat easy. I'd have to see a picture of what you're speaking of to really help in guidance here. I've had to re-sew many of my awnings and slide toppers because the thread was just giving way.

Our fabric is Sunbrella so, it's in perfect shape after 14 years. But, the seams and sewing needed rebuilding. So, on the toppers, which of course are spring loaded, I locked the rotator (drum) in the open position and, simply removed the total cover by sliding it out of the grooves on each end. Then, down to the sewing machine. Once it was done, back onto the awning rail and, the drum and if it was locked into place, I'd re-lock it. That one's done. Onto the next one.

Most awnings are spring loaded too so, just be careful if you attempt this. You can stick a screwdriver in a hole or something to lock them open so they don't try and re-wind your awning when you're trying to slide the fabric off both the coach and the awning drum. If your fabric is deteriorating to the point its not salvageable, well, it's time for a new awning or slide topper.

If you do want to re-sew the seams, just make sure you get the largest diameter thread that your machine (if you have one) will handle and, that it is also UV resistant.
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Let me ask you. Can you be more definitive as to what's ripped or, are you just having a seam unravel as in, the sewing and or thread is deteriorating? If it's just some thread deteriorating or a seam becoming un-sewn, that's easy. Well, I should say it's somewhat easy. I'd have to see a picture of what you're speaking of to really help in guidance here. I've had to re-sew many of my awnings and slide toppers because the thread was just giving way.

Our fabric is Sunbrella so, it's in perfect shape after 14 years. But, the seams and sewing needed rebuilding. So, on the toppers, which of course are spring loaded, I locked the rotator (drum) in the open position and, simply removed the total cover by sliding it out of the grooves on each end. Then, down to the sewing machine. Once it was done, back onto the awning rail and, the drum and if it was locked into place, I'd re-lock it. That one's done. Onto the next one.

Most awnings are spring loaded too so, just be careful if you attempt this. You can stick a screwdriver in a hole or something to lock them open so they don't try and re-wind your awning when you're trying to slide the fabric off both the coach and the awning drum. If your fabric is deteriorating to the point its not salvageable, well, it's time for a new awning or slide topper.

If you do want to re-sew the seams, just make sure you get the largest diameter thread that your machine (if you have one) will handle and, that it is also UV resistant.
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Toughtop has a video on their website showing you how to remove the fabric and reinstall. Very helpful.
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If it is a rather small repair, sail tape works great.
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Awning repair

One seam on the 20 ft patio awning has come apart for about 3feet.
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