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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby flybykite » Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:54 am

Ummmm.... Crazy glue? Bad idea! Crazy glue makes fabric and thread brittle and weak. I wouldn't touch that stuff to my kite ever. You can hand stitch no problem. Use nylon thread or dental floss was a good suggestion. Just do it well and there will be no problems. Happy riding.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby Flight Time » Thu Jan 10, 2013 2:23 am

flybykite wrote:Ummmm.... Crazy glue? Bad idea! Crazy glue makes fabric and thread brittle and weak. I wouldn't touch that stuff to my kite ever. You can hand stitch no problem. Use nylon thread or dental floss was a good suggestion. Just do it well and there will be no problems. Happy riding.


Couldn't agree more. Super glue and crazy glue are brittle when they dry, and will weaken the material and stitching.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby tr3v » Thu Jan 10, 2013 10:12 am

Many thanks everyone (yes, even the guy who suggested I send my kite to Texas).

It took me an hour, but I am all ready for a session tomorrow. The key things I learned were:-
    - Thimbles are awesome! I never knew what they were for until now.
    - I never want to make my own kite.
    - I didn't need to use glue, I just tied the ends of thread off.
    - Finding any existing holes makes threading much easier and also better for your kite.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby PanTau » Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:15 am

Hi,
you can find some pics about "machine sewing" without sewing machine :roll: on my site:
http://www.wingworks.de/kite-reparatur/kite-reparatur-tipps-und-tricks/
It is written in german but the pics and google should help u.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby William Munney » Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:34 pm

PanTau wrote:Hi,
you can find some pics about "machine sewing" without sewing machine :roll: on my site:
http://www.wingworks.de/kite-reparatur/kite-reparatur-tipps-und-tricks/
It is written in german but the pics and google should help u.

PanTau


Thanks for the tip, I just bought a sewing awl and stitched a few inches of my leading edge where the first row of stitches was starting to get loose. The awl will definitely be a part of my repair kit from now on.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby sarc » Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:03 am

+1 for dental floss. There are 2 types: one is plasticky rubbery and no good for sewing. Another is nylon and very good - I've been using it for years.

For glue, laminating epoxy resin (not finishing resin) is very good. Most A-B types of resin glue you buy in hardware stores will work fine. It sticks well to canopy (must clean with alcohol first) and remains flexible.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby RedSky » Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:43 am

Hand stitching is the only way to be sure of a permanent fix and anyone can do it. Here I simply cut out a patch from an old slingshot bag and stitched it onto my crossbow. The only downside is that the slingshot kite and xbow now share the same bag.
The repair lasted a good six months, although admittedly I only used it once in six months.
Give it a go.

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby Kamikuza » Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:51 am

What about fishing line? Theres some stuff here called "PE something" that near as I can tell, is the same stuff amsteel is made out of...

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Re: How to hand stitch a kite repair?

Postby bay surfer » Tue Sep 02, 2014 6:24 pm

Never use superglue! or Epoxy both are inflexable and will cause cracks and rips when you flex the material.
But you can use Aquaseal, with patch on a leading edge, will last the life of the kite. Its Flexible.
But for SEAMS nothing better than Real mint flavored dental floss, double stitch around.


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