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Old 08-24-2010, 08:22 AM   #31
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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...

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What are your thoughts regarding using a faux leather fabric such as the below link for a top?

Faux Leather Boca Black - Discount Designer Fabric - Fabric.com
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....


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Old 08-28-2010, 11:53 PM   #32
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if you are afraid of th needle use the carpet tape or vinyl caulk....Hot weather here in Va and I have had NO problems!

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:53 AM   #33
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Great idea! I'm definitely making one.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:35 AM   #34
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I have been wanting to make one of these since I saw the Spider place's one.
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Old 08-29-2010, 07:59 AM   #35

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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
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:08 PM   #36
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Just finished mine tonight. Used landscaping fabric. (cheap!). Fiberglass carpet tape for the edges. Super sticky and strong (I don't sew lol) Grommets and ball bungees from walmart.
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:34 PM   #37

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I did this but used camo duct tape and just wrapped my jeep in it. pretty cool for making doors and hood scoops too.


But pretty sweet idea something I will have to try when I get time!
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Old 09-18-2012, 09:59 PM   #38
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So my next project...
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:00 AM   #39
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I love it!
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #40
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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.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:46 PM   #41
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looks great!
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:09 PM   #42
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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).

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