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Old 08-22-2010, 12:47 AM   #1
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Stitch repair

I have an 2002 which appears to have been garage kept b/c the top is in like new shape/original. The only problem is there are a few areas where I need to repair the stitching. I understand i should get an awl and or heavy needles. How do u stitch it though? Is it just a running stitch or some kind of fancy way of doing it. Trying to determine least hassle btwn doing it myself, using a shop or just buying a replacement top...

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I have taken my top to an upholstery shop and had them to some fixes before. They have the proper equipment.

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I took my top down to the local upholstery shop had him repair the stitching along both windows/corners of my LJ. He use fishline witch is better than oem thread. He charge me $30 for the repair and it only took him maybe 5 min with my help holding the top so it dont sag as he guilding it along the machine.

Now I have to find a shop that can stitch through those plastic clip on the top. Any Ideals anyone will be helpful, he told me to use liquid nail.
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I have an 2002 which appears to have been garage kept b/c the top is in like new shape/original. The only problem is there are a few areas where I need to repair the stitching. I understand i should get an awl and or heavy needles. How do u stitch it though? Is it just a running stitch or some kind of fancy way of doing it. Trying to determine least hassle btwn doing it myself, using a shop or just buying a replacement top...

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The awl I bought came with instructions explaining how to sew with it. Now my stitches aren't as pretty as the ones from the factory, but my retainer clips aren't pulling out anymore either, so for me it was a great solution..

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I took my top down to the local upholstery shop had him repair the stitching along both windows/corners of my LJ. He use fishline witch is better than oem thread. He charge me $30 for the repair and it only took him maybe 5 min with my help holding the top so it dont sag as he guilding it along the machine.

Now I have to find a shop that can stitch through those plastic clip on the top. Any Ideals anyone will be helpful, he told me to use liquid nail.
I used my awl to stitch through the plastic, it's not that hard, the holes are already there. Best $18 I have spent in a long time... Fixed a belt for my husband when I was done with the top, and fixed a buddies top too....
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The awl I bought came with instructions explaining how to sew with it. Now my stitches aren't as pretty as the ones from the factory, but my retainer clips aren't pulling out anymore either, so for me it was a great solution..



I used my awl to stitch through the plastic, it's not that hard, the holes are already there. Best $18 I have spent in a long time... Fixed a belt for my husband when I was done with the top, and fixed a buddies top too....
I think I am in love, I wish my wife was as handy with such stuff.
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Well Jerry, bring that beast of a TJ to Indiana and I'll be happy to fix your top too!
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:36 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. I'll have to hit up a hobby shop/craft store and get this thing fixed.
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Thanks all for the info. I did purchase an awl for about $16. So far so good. It's slow going, but I'm doing myself. It came with black waxed thread so I can see what I've redone.... And everyone else can see too. Hopefully the thread it came with holds up. Thanks again.
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Looks good. You can rethread your spool with dental floss if the color is offensive to you... Floss is pretty cotton pickin' tough stuff....
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where did you purchase your awl/sewing supplies? i know i'll eventually need them, so i might just as well get them now.
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My 2 cents to this is if you are going to fix it yourself no NOT use cotton thread, you need to use a nylon thread. The cotton thread will dry out and fall apart.
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I couldn't tell if it was cotton or nylon thread. There was no flex to it and it was waxed if that makes any difference. I also bought an extra spool of simulated something it said. Think animal part look alike that felt like nylon. I bought mine at Michaels Craft Store. They r a big chain here in FL. I also saw one for sale at West Marine, but it was $25. Once you get rolling with it, it's not to hard to work with. I'm just wondering if I need to take my whole top off to work on the left rear area/zipper over the left rear window. Or if just loosening the top in place would work... I'd like to try to salvage this one since I read that my '02 comes with sail cloth from the factory. It is awfully quiet going down the highway even with the needed repairs.
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where did you purchase your awl/sewing supplies? i know i'll eventually need them, so i might just as well get them now.
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Any hobby store should have them. I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but as mentioned, Michaels or maybe even the hobby dept at Wallys will have them too. I think mine was $17... came in handy for other odd repairs as well...

And Jon, you can try to get to the rear window part with the top installed, but FYI, it's not hard to remove the entire top... Just unscrew the 4 bolts from the roll bar mounts and have someone there to help you lift it off... We took mine off Saturday for the first time to give the inside a good cleaning. Easy peasy, and ooh my does it look (and smell) better...
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