Today's sewing was a marathon job. I finally decided I had to repair my
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
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.
- posted 2 years ago