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September 21st, 2008
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Suppose I wanted to sew something made of heavy duty fabric that needed to stand up to a lot of stress, such as if I wanted to replace a broken clip on a backpack strap.  What kind of thread is strong enough to hold well?  Does it require a special needle?  Is there a better way to get the needle through such heavy fabric than "use a thimble and push really hard"?

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From:singlemaltsilk
Date:September 21st, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
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I'd use carpet thread, a curved upholstery needle, and a leather thimble.
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From:persis
Date:September 21st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Ditto.

Be careful pushing thru, as, if you forget the thimble, the needle end will go into your thumb, which hurts.
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 22nd, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
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Wow, I did not know there were curved needles or leather thimbles. Now, to figure out where to get such things.
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From:singlemaltsilk
Date:September 22nd, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
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There's also Kevlar thread -- I can send you some if you like -- which has tremendous tensile strength, but will abrade against sharp edges. I'm trying to envision your repair...
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 22nd, 2008 12:43 am (UTC)
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It's not so much a specific repair as something to have in my kit. I have a canvas belt pouch that is falling apart in a couple of places that I might be able to hold together a little longer, but ordinary sewing thread wouldn't last. I've had the clip on the end of the carry strap on a duffel bag break.
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From:msminlr
Date:September 22nd, 2008 11:26 am (UTC)
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If there are already holes in the material and it's just the old thread that has given-way, the stitching will be a lot easier. Otherwise you might want to pre-punch the holes (hammer and a finishing nail).

I don't know a way to buy JUST a curved needle; they tend to come in a pack with several other large sturdy needles. Try a Hancock's or JoAnn's fabric store. Hobby Lobby is another possibility. The leather thimble should be findable there also.
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From:tigertoy
Date:September 22nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
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I wouldn't trust staples not to stick out and poke things. I'm thinking rivets.
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From:braider
Date:September 22nd, 2008 11:09 pm (UTC)
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Upholstery thread. You did say fabric, so I'm guessing a normal needle will be fine. (There are special needles for leather, and you don't want to use silk or beading needles).
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