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« on: June 14, 2012, 06:36 PM »

I picked up a Goodwinds Starflake with a bit of a tear thinking I would be able to fix a large tear in it only to discover that it is more than I bargained for.  I'm looking for someone to do some sewing to fix it. Let me know what you would charge.  I would like to get this done and back by July 4th.



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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2012, 08:03 PM »

Yea thats a pretty bad tear in a high stress spot.  Sewing on a reinforcement patch is definitely the best way to fix it.  THe hard part would be matching the cloth color.  I can probably fix it for you but getting it here and back by july 4th might be an issue.
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 03:37 AM »

You could cut that triangle off and make a line that runs from each end of that mini spreader and put a nock on the line  to hold the rod....be a different tip tranche others but it would work.
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2012, 05:38 AM »

quick and easy fix, find ripstop the same color online. (hint type kite building in google). Buy 1 yd. Take fabric and kite to local quilt store. They can sew a piece over the back and trim it for you. Usually not for much money.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2012, 06:09 AM »

If you want it done in a few days and cannot sew, you may want to see if you can find some duct tape in that color and use it on the front and back of the kite. The downside is that it's the best fix and if it does not hold, it's a mess.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2012, 06:20 AM »

quick and easy fix, find ripstop the same color online. (hint type kite building in google). Buy 1 yd. Take fabric and kite to local quilt store. They can sew a piece over the back and trim it for you. Usually not for much money.

I asked my wife to look at it and she agrees. It's an easy fix, if you can get someone to sew it. Her problem was that she wasn't sure what type of needle to use. Not a lot of use for ripstop in the quilting community. By the way, what type of thread do you use? Found it. Poylester.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2012, 06:29 AM »

i use a ball point needle...
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2012, 06:36 AM »

Best thing would be to sew another layer of fabric over it. I'm hoping you would use a sewing machine. Can use just about any needle, I'd probably use a #14 or #18. You can use nylon or poly thread. Something around #33 or #46 is preferred. If you can find an outdoor thread, that would be a safe bet.

If you can't find any material to match I'd try clear duct tape and sew around it with a sewing machine.
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2012, 07:08 AM »

first question is where do you live? there may be a kite builder enthusiast nearby.
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2012, 08:02 AM »

Steve carries the Nylon Repair Tape http://www.chicokites.com/store/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=258

It's usually supplied by Goodwinds so is probably a good match. I would personally remove that pocket, apply as many lengths of the 2" repair tape as needed to completely cover the ripped area, overlapping the tape. Then sew the perimeter of the tape and along the overlaps with a Sharp needle #12 or 14. Then resew the pocket.

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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2012, 09:08 AM »

Wow, thanks everyone!  Looks like i've found someone to help
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