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Re: canvas stitching

I took my sail cover to one of those sewing places in the mall that mainly do business hemming new pants or skirts. They have the industrial sewing machines.
I did not tell them to use polyester thread but I only wanted them to add some zigzags to the existing stitching. Cost me $10.
This winter I will get fabric, cut it and pin it and have them stitch me a new one. I will supply the thread.
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Re: canvas stitching

That's not a bad idea. In my case, the canvas is in excellent condition, but the stitching is falling apart. Whoever made the dodger originally, clearly didn't use the best thread.
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Re: canvas stitching

Before taking the cover to any shop, you might want to clean the cover. Even canvas shops might charge you for cleaning before sewing. The reason is to protect their machines.
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Re: canvas stitching

THANK YOU TS FOR SAYING THAT ABOUT CLEANING! Not only will your canvas fabricator thank you, but if you keep your canvas clean in general, it lasts longer. Dirt includes not only abrasive dust but also biologicals, all of which will work to eat your cloth and stitching.

A good V-92 thread, such as Heminway and Bartlett etc should last about five years. V-138 probably lasts a couple years more. Sunbrella is guaranteed for 10.

My usual advice is that you have the canvas fabricated, then in five years you get a restitch, then by the next restitch your canvas will likely need replacing.

Tenara thread is a PITA in a machine (which is one reason why it's expensive), but there are new brands of PTFE thread which are easier to use, is it Sunsure? But you still have to at least buy very particular needles to use any PTFE thread.

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Before taking the cover to any shop, you might want to clean the cover. Even canvas shops might charge you for cleaning before sewing. The reason is to protect their machines.
So I have a question (thread high jack approaching), what's the best way to clean a Bimini canvas?
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Tenara thread is a PITA in a machine (which is one reason why it's expensive), but there are new brands of PTFE thread which are easier to use, is it Sunsure?
The other PTFE thread you mention might be Solarfix. From what I've read on other forums, Tenara tends to twist and knot more than Solarfix. Personally, I've never had a problem with Tenara, but at $125 a spool, and since I have two spools, I haven't tried Solarfix. I use the needles for Tenara that I use for bonded polyester

Based on posts in the Sailrite forums, Sailrite Ultrafeed machines seem to have a bit more difficulty with Tenara than industrial machines. Perhaps the reason is that Ultrafeed machines are oscillating hook machines but typical industrial machines, including the Sailrite industrial machine, are rotary hook machines.

As for cleaning canvas instructions such as Sunbrella:

Marine Tops and Covers Care and Cleaning: Sunbrella fabrics

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Care and Cleaning: How to: Sunbrella fabrics

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[Y]ou still have to at least buy very particular needles to use any PTFE thread.
I typically use MR needles sewing canvas with both bonded polyester and Tenara, and have had no problems sewing with either.

"If fabricators have problems with skipped stitches, Singer's Multi-range (MR) needle (which has a deeper scarf than other needles) promotes the formation of thread 'looping'. Therefore, skipped stitches are eliminated."

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Re: canvas stitching

Once you have the drag on the bobbin and top adjusted right, Sewing Tenara is not difficult at all. I use a Sailrite machine. Your millage may differ
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