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Author Topic: Reviving my kite build, had to pull some stitches... big deal?  (Read 87 times)
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« on: Yesterday at 10:00 PM »

Last year I started building a Le Quartz. Now I'm hoping to finish it Smiley

For the most part, all was going well. Then, something happened, I don't even recall exactly what. I think the needle got all gummed up.

I had to pull half a row of stitches. So, there are a bunch of holes there now where the stitching was.

Obviously this is cosmetic, but will it also make any difference in flight?

I'm assuming it'll be negligible, but just though I'd ask.
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« Reply #1 on: Yesterday at 10:04 PM »

I would say flight will not be noticeably effected. In order to reduse the risk of the fabric tearing, I would treat the pin holes with the slightest application if CA glue.  That being said, I've been flying a home built vortex with pin holes from a mishap like yours. My vortex has flown without further damage to the sail for several years now in any variety of nasty wind conditions.

Ultimately I wouldn't worry about it.
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You might be able to work the holes away with brushing with careful action from a stiff toothbrush.  Not completely away but close the holes up a little bit.

A certain maker does that on purpose on his Tattoo kites - that is he runs the sewing machine along a design with out thread....
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