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« on: March 28, 2010, 09:05 AM »

I just got a new Gomberg Delta Conyne and it is coming unstitched in the corner where there is a spar pocket (I don't know what you call it, but it is reinforced material with a small hole for the spar).  I don't sew at all and was going to take it to a friend.  Is there a preferred thread and/or stitch type to use in kites?
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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2010, 09:55 AM »

Would have to have a picture to know exactly what your talking about but I'm sure anybody with a bit of experience will handle the job fine. For thread you will be fine with any regular polyester thread for dressmaking, don't use cotton since kites often get damp and put in a bag and mold can form which may weaken cotton, synthetics are more resistant. Just match the stitching that was there, kites use a zig-zag, a triple stitch zig-zag and straight stitching, if the machine doesn't have a triple stitch zig-zag a standard zig-zag will be just fine. A couple straight stitches will be fine if a zig-zag isn't available, you won't see it in the air anyway.

Bar tack the beginning and ends if possible to lock the the stitches so they don't ravel, you can sew over twice or more also to lock the stitches. If those methods are not possible cut the threads off long so you can tie them off, I pull on one to bring the opposite side through then using a seam ripper catch the loop and draw the end through so both threads are on one side, then tie a couple overhand knots and put a dab of super glue on the knot and trim off the loose ends. I do this even when bar tacked if I can pull the opposite thread through. It helps keeping it from 'coming unstitched' again.

Nice kite, can't beat a Delta Conyne for an all around SLK.


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« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2010, 10:48 AM »

I am guessing that all it needs is a quick bar tack (less than an inch is unraveling).  Kite is great but when I opened it up there was some loose thread.  It looks like the final tack just didn't stick.  I will make sure to have her use polyester thread.
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