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Old 04-22-2013, 03:59 PM   #1
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'97 soft top stitching ripped

My wife and I just bought a '97 Wrangler sport in January and we folded the soft top down for the first time a few weekends ago. When we put the top back up, admittedly a little hastily, the stitching unraveled above the doors. (Just the string came undone no tearing in the fabric.)

Is there a way to the restitch these or is it time for a new top?

Can we just get the cloth part or do I have to buy a frame with it?

Also, are soft tops cheaper in the off season?

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Old 04-22-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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If it just came unstitched... you can re-sew it with a sewing awl. They are sold at most hardware stores and come with heavy nylon thread and good instructions.
Like this: Speedy Stitcher Sewing Awl Kit - Online Video Instructions for the Sewing Awl

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Old 04-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #3
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Sweet deal. I'll have to look into that. Thank you
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:56 PM   #4
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Look around you for someone that does upholstery. I took mine to them and he fixed the stitching by the header for nothing. But you have to take it off of the frame. Which is not that big to do.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:48 PM   #5
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I. Took fishing line and a small needle, just want a couple inches farther then I needed to on both ends so it had some grip
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #6
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I cant count how many times I attempted to restitch my top.

Save yourself the frustration and just pick up a new top. Best investment ive made in a while.

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