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Old 03-07-2019, 04:02 PM   #1
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Hi guys!

I'm in a bit of a situation. I took my slide topper off so that I could get it repaired (re-stitched) and just found out they can't look at it for 2 weeks.....

So, I'm planning on doing it myself with Mom's sewing machine. Question, what is the proper thread to use? That's what I'm trying to locate.

Any help is appreciated!
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If you have a wholesale fabric supply store nearby they will have a weather-resistant thread. It's very expensive and you'll have most of it left after the repair, but might be worth it!

I've been told that most home sewing machines can't handle the thick fabric on most awnings!
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Might need to find a treadle type machine......boat top guys might be able to help you out...
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https://www.miamicorp.com/products/M...ategory=Thread

The Solarfix is a little harder to work with. Both are excellent and will probably outlast the fabric.
Call and ask about spool ends for small jobs, I have bought those in the past.
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Thanks everyone!

As it turns out, I called a guy in the neighboring town and his waiting list was 4 months (!!). He said his buddy, also in the trade, had a waiting list of over a year (!!).

So I asked him if I could come by (45 mins) and pick up some thread and I would do it myself. He asked what needed to be done and I said it just needs to be re-stitched on 3 sides and he said just bring it by.

So I ripped over as fast as I could, got there at 4 PM, and he did it on the spot and tried to charge me $20. I had $35 on me and gave it. He then said to use a special water proofing agent on it, he told me where I could buy it in that city, and I made it before closing with 5 minutes to spare. So in the end, all is well, and I killed two birds with one stone and got it done for probably $50 less then the place in town wanted (that was going to take two weeks).

Tx again everyone!

BTW, the thread he used was called SunGuard and apparently it a top end thread
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SunGuard, Good to know.
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Thanks everyone!

As it turns out, I called a guy in the neighboring town and his waiting list was 4 months (!!). He said his buddy, also in the trade, had a waiting list of over a year (!!).

So I asked him if I could come by (45 mins) and pick up some thread and I would do it myself. He asked what needed to be done and I said it just needs to be re-stitched on 3 sides and he said just bring it by.

So I ripped over as fast as I could, got there at 4 PM, and he did it on the spot and tried to charge me $20. I had $35 on me and gave it. He then said to use a special water proofing agent on it, he told me where I could buy it in that city, and I made it before closing with 5 minutes to spare. So in the end, all is well, and I killed two birds with one stone and got it done for probably $50 less then the place in town wanted (that was going to take two weeks).

Tx again everyone!

BTW, the thread he used was called SunGuard and apparently it a top end thread
What was the name/brand of the special water proofing agent?
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What was the name/brand of the special water proofing agent?
He was very specific about what to use so I picked up exactly that. It's called 303 Fabric Guard which is recommended by Sunbrella.

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303® Fabric Guard keeps fabrics fresh, soft, colourful and breathable all while adding a powerful coating to repel water and prevent the most serious of stains. 303® Fabric Guard is the only product recommended by and for Sunbrella®, as well as other fabric manufacturers to restore lost water and stain repellence to fabrics. Use it to keep rugs clean, and covers blemish-free. When applied to clean and dry fabrics, 303® Fabric Guard restores lost water and stain repellency to straight-from-the-factory levels. Keep all your favourite fabrics crisp and clean for years to come.

Usage Directions:
Use only on newly, cleaned, dry fabrics. For best results, treat fabrics in warm weather, of at least 21ºC or warmer.
1. In a well-ventilated area, spray 303® Fabric Guard on fabric until damp, overlapping in a crisscross pattern. Do not saturate.
2. Let dry for 6 to 12 hours in a clean, dry environment before using or storing.

Features:
Includes: 2 x 946 ml bottles
Safe for all fabrics, including natural fibers and synthetics
Protects patio cushions/pillows, drapes, awnings and umbrellas from the outdoor elements
Seals seams
Strengthens and restores water repellency
Greatly increases stain resistance
Prevents mold and mildew
Maintains colourfastness

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Call Stone Vos in Florida. They will tell you what is best. They used it on my new covers and the thread is warranted for 10 year's.
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Fabric Guard is great stuff! I've used it on my boat and RV. I wouldn't use anything else for fear it might damage the fabric.
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303 Fabric Guard is very good.
303 Protectant is different and not interchangeable.
It helps to apply it in full sun when HOT. Also helps if the 303 is warm (not right out of basement storage). Also best if fabric is suspended vs laying on a picnic table or other flat surface. 2uggt coats criss crossed better than one heavy coat
For thread and other supplies Sailrite.com has a good selection for DIYers as well as many how to videos
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Call Stone Vos in Florida. They will tell you what is best. They used it on my new covers and the thread is warranted for 10 year's.
Stone Vos uses the same thread that NASA specifies for space suits.
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I would recommend checking the Sailrite website they have a UV resistant polyester thread that I have used for sail and canvas repairs that works great it is a little pricey but will do the job well.
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