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Author Topic: Trick Tail sail repair  (Read 928 times)
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« on: December 17, 2010, 01:46 PM »

I bought a Trick Tail that has a major tear in the red portion of the sail.  I would like to make a stitched repair rather than a Tedlar taped repair.  From the research I have done I should use V30 polyester thread.  I can find black and white.  A sail maker's supply shop will sell me the V30 in red but I have to buy a large quantity for about $100.00.  Does anyone know of any viable alternatives?  Either smaller amounts of red thread or a good way to dye the white thread would seem to be my options.  thanks for your thoughts, Steve Thayer
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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 03:12 PM »

Any polyester thread will do, just get a small bobbin from a dress making shop in the colour you need.
I've use Gutterman thread a lot but there are plenty of others, you don't need to use a sailmaking specific thread.
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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2010, 08:13 AM »

What Ian said, some machines do not like bonded threads too and you'de need to spend some time getting the adjustments set to use it so don't waste your money or time. Just go to your local fabric store and pick some up. I prefer the new Coats & Clark Poly wrapped Poly now, Guttermans has degraded in quality, Metlers is even better if You can find it but the the Poly is rare, do not get the Cotton wrapped Poly, you need 100% Polyester on a kite which will get damp.

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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 09:19 AM »

Steve where are you located?
Thread: kite makers have different ones they like...i like Guttermans personally...and any of the threads out there will work just fine...
I am certain that someone near you will be able to guide you to a shop that will sell less than 100$ worth at a time!
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 01:35 PM »

I am in upstate NY - Syracuse vicinity.  Now that I am a little smarter on the subject I will start a local search.  There are a couple of relatives that are into sewing so I think I should be OK.  Thanks to all. Steve Thayer
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