Fabric Awning Repair - Reinforcing Stichings
Fabric awning repair can take on many forms from repairing holes and rips to replacing the entire mechanism of the awning. The seams of a fabric awning are one major weakness that some simple fabric awning repair can cure. Follow the instructions below to reinforce the stitches on the fabric awning so that it will last a long time.
Do Not Remove the Stitches
There is nothing wrong with the stitches already on the awning, so there is no reason to remove them. They are simply designed to last only a short amount of time, but they will last longer if reinforced. Removing stitches will mean a lot more work for you. It is much easier to strengthen the stitches.
Choose the Right Thread
It is very important to use a strong thread when reinforcing the awning stitches. When you visit the fabric store, you should ask a clerk about denim or duct thread. This type of thread is very strong and will hold the awning fabric very nicely and effectively. You may not be able to get the right color thread, so try to match it as close as possible. If you are a stickler for the color matching, you can dye the thread. There is a special thread you can purchase that has a thin wax coating over the thread.
The Right Needle
The fabric used in the awning is a thick weighted duct fabric, which means you won't be able to use ordinary needles for this project. If you're sewing the awning by hand, you will most likely have no problems. This, however, is not an ordinary or small job as the fabric awning is large. This makes using a sewing machine more useful than stitching it by hand. Use a needle that is rated for use on denim and other tough fabrics. The clerk at the fabric store will be able to help you pick out the correct needle.
Iron the Seam
After you have stitched the fabric, it's a good idea to iron the seams. This not only secures the stitch, but creates a crease. If you chose wax thread, ironing the seam will help create a better bond.
The Right Stitch
Most awning fabric uses a single or double stitch to seal the seam. These are adequate stitches but not the strongest. When you take on fabric awning repair and reinforcing the seams, you should use a cross or saddle stitch.