Different type of sewing

Today's sewing was a marathon job. I finally decided I had to repair my
market umbrellas.
After a very wet weekend where my umbrellas were up all weekend the
small holes and cracks that have appeared over the years, in a circular
pattern from being rubbed when folded and unfolded were letting in too
many drips to be put up with any longer.
I ordered, about 6 years ago, some Sunbrella fabric intending to make a
new cover for my oldest umbrella 1.5m x2m but I never got around to it
so I decided to use the Sunbrella to patch the central panel of the 2
biggest umbrellas which I use the most.3m x 2.8 m
Taking apart was quite easy ; the top knob unscrews the corner spines
are on spring loaded ends and the rest are not. I marked one corner
with a line of permanent marker on the metal and the white cup that's on
the umbrella to make sure I didn't ended up spending an age putting it
back on.
Well I spent an age putting it back on and about an hour because the new
fabric made it tighter!!!!! Plus about an hour and a half stitching the
Sunbrella fabric over the centre panel. I decided not to remove the old
panel as my fabric was a bit narrow 14 cms short on width compared to
the existing central panel in the umbrella.
I haven't got a picture of the finished umbrella I will try and take one
when I am on the market tomorrow. The Stitching is uneven as it was hard
to stitch, I had to hold all the umbrella weight and pull it through at
the same time, but It's done and I should be drier now.
I will tackle the 2nd one later in the week, I think I need a lie down now.
Reply to
Claire in France
*********** Today's sewing was a marathon job. I finally decided I had to repair my market umbrellas. Well I spent an age putting it back on and about an hour because the new fabric made it tighter!!!!! Plus about an hour and a half stitching the Sunbrella fabric over the centre panel. I decided not to remove the old panel as my fabric was a bit narrow 14 cms short on width compared to the existing central panel in the umbrella. I haven't got a picture of the finished umbrella I will try and take one when I am on the market tomorrow. The Stitching is uneven as it was hard to stitch, I had to hold all the umbrella weight and pull it through at the same time, but It's done and I should be drier now. I will tackle the 2nd one later in the week, I think I need a lie down now.
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Bobbie Sews More
She's a brave woman for sure! I just don't know if I'd have the nerve to tackle that problem. Looking forward to pictures!
Reply to
ItsJoanNotJoann
Claire, if you have access to McNett's Seam Grip, I've found it quite handy for repairing small holes and rubbed spots in structures like tents and canopies.
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You might be able to stave off a real repair session for quite a few more years. Kay
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Kay Lancaster

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