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Old 08-16-2010, 07:57 AM   #1
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Dry rotted stitching on soft top..

This is my issue. the TJ is a 2000, and i am always careful when going topless, zipping up, and unzipping

But some passengers aren't and when they unzip a window, i can hear (and see) the stitching getting ripped out. So what i've been doing to avoid having to spend money on a new top, is i've double/triple layer some plain old thread with a sewing needle and go to work re-stitching the area needed.

Has anyone else used anyother material besides the regular old thread..like a light fishing line? I would have thought that stitching would have been made from something more durable originally..But it look like nothing more than a thicker thread.

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It's likely upholstery thread which is heavier than ordinary thread. You can pick up a spool at any fabric store. They also carry nylon monofilament thread which would be a thinner variation of fishing line. And really 10 years has already exceeded the life expectancy of your top. I think about 8 years is what the norm is. One of the sacrifices we make owning convertibles....

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It's likely upholstery thread which is heavier than ordinary thread. You can pick up a spool at any fabric store. They also carry nylon monofilament thread which would be a thinner variation of fishing line. And really 10 years has already exceeded the life expectancy of your top. I think about 8 years is what the norm is. One of the sacrifices we make owning convertibles....

Yea, i'm sure you're right....i'll just keep on mending it for a while. Till i feel like spending the $$ on a new one i guess

I'll have to go look for some 'real' upholstery thread maybe...Truth is, i don't mind doing the mending
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It's a marine-grade thread. Think sails. Down in Florida I'm sure you can find a boat canvas shop. And I'd recommend seam-sealer.
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Thx Geoff....i'll have to go check the boat shops in town..
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