As far as sewing with a regular sewing machine, it is a bit of a challenge sewing through the hem when you fold over the corners. My wife bent her sewing machine needle. I had my friend sew it on a heavy duty machine he uses for making tarps.
If you trim out the excess at the corners it's much easier to sew...
Originally Posted by 4X4Addict
What are your thoughts regarding using a faux leather fabric such as the below link for a top?
It's worth $15 to try, don't you think? I see no reason it wouldn't work... Keep in mind, vinyl is a pain in the rear to sew, it sticks to the plate and presser foot on the machine. But if you compensate for that, it should work fine....
You can sew it actually,I have made lots of stuff out of shade cloth, I have used poly canvas thread to sew it but I had a semi industrial machine at the time. That material is also great for shade houses, pergolas & any summer shade like sails etc. It comes in different colors & Home Depot stocks it or Lowes & is very well wearing. We have it on our veranda, keeps it about 15 deg' cooler
Ah, sweet! Was just wondering if anyone tried using landscaping fabric. Looks good! Does it feel durable? I never even thought to make our own bikini or safari top. What an easy, inexpensive project! I have an antique Singer sewing machine that easily sews through canvas and multiple layers of jeans, so I'm sure it can handle this. Another thing on the to-do list! Will be perfect for winter here in the desert.
Here's my sun top entry... have to have something here in TX so you don't fry at the stoplights!
I used the 80% sun-blocking, pet resistant screen from Lowe's, sewed the edges, grommets, and adjustable toggle ball straps from WalMart (my favorite).
Why are you taking that apart? Because I can! 2002 Wrangler Sahara, I6 4.0 L manual shift, stock suspension- acquired 2012 with 56k miles on it, I am the 2nd (and last) owner