Sewing Canvas/Speedy Stitcher

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  1. JGibson

    JGibson New Member

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    Just wondering if anyone had to see their canvas at some point? Mine has a few "open" seams, not completely but I can the light through them. I bought a speedy stitcher and plan to try it once the rain stops. Anyone ever try one of these?
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  2. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    They work great. I would practice first on a scrap first. That way when you do the seam it will better than new. I did two very long seams and by the time I got about a foot done it looked great. I later redid the first foot.
     
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  3. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    Go for it. You should be happy.
     
  4. JGibson

    JGibson New Member

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    I'm going to practice with it for sure lol. I plan to use braided fishing line for the thread, don't trust the thread that came with it...
     
  5. Raycfe

    Raycfe Waterford Ct.

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    I think you are wrong there. The waxed thread that comes with a real speedy-sticher would be a better choice. It will lay down better and swell up to seal better.
     
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  6. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I have used one for years, especially to repair my backpacking /canoe camping gear. They work great but as advised practice using it first . I used iron on or stick on patches first then sewed them with the stitch er. Good Luck and Happy camping
     
  7. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    I bought one about a year ago, but don't remember why. I don't have any rips. Have never used it, although I do plan to learn how and then keep it in my toolbox.
     
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  8. xvz12

    xvz12 Well-Known Member

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    I've had several for going on 30 years now....used it to repair/ modify motorcycle leathers, made a possibles bag & several other mall items for my muzzle-loader addiction, & yes, I've used it to repair tentage, both on-the-ground, & my pup. I wouldn't be without one
     
  9. JGibson

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    I ended up using the waxed thread that came with it. Sewing new velcro to the canvas that connects to the door. Pretty easy to use just a little slow.
     
  10. Sneezer

    Sneezer Well-Known Member

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    Use the thread it comes with. The waxed thread does a better job and is meant for this very type of application. Fishing line will degrade quicker in the sun as well and it will not swell to help seal the hole.

    I used it to resew my awning bag. Took a long time to do but I was very happy with the result.
     
  11. J Starsky

    J Starsky Well-Known Member

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    I practiced on some old jeans when I got my sewing Ahl. Moved to a canvas bag for more practice then on to my repair. Build confidence before your repair, it'll go fine!
     
  12. JGibson

    JGibson New Member

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    I sewed some new velcro where the canvas meets the door and tightened a few gaps I found, I'm very pleased with the results.
     
  13. Troy Dalton

    Troy Dalton New Member

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    This is exactly what I needed!
     
  14. wmadoty

    wmadoty New Member

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    Nothing to add here. Love the little gadget. I have never needed it for the camper but I have used it for several teens of other projects and I love it. When using it to fix canvas (inside outside repair) train a helper to stick the tag through the loop. I agree that the waxed thread is better with type of repair.
     

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