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Old 04-14-2014, 12:04 AM   #1
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bikini top repair

hey guys i am sure someone has had this same problem that was smarter than me and was able to think of a budget solution. my bikini top is in mint condition except the straps and velcro have rotted in the sun and tore off the other day as i was trying to put it back on my jeep. i really dont want to buy another one since this one really is in such good shape, besides the straps. has anyone got any good ideas on salvaging my bikini top? i took it to an upholstery shop and they quoted me as much to buy a new one.

or do u think i am wasting my time and just need to buy a new one???

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Old 04-14-2014, 04:23 AM   #2
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I took mine to a guy that does car interiors and gave him a black strap and he had it sewn in and complete in about 20 minutes for minimal cost.

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Old 04-14-2014, 07:37 AM   #3
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Unless you know how to sew by hand. You are pretty much going to have to buy a new one. The bikini material is too thick to sew on a household machine, in order to replace the Velcro. And the glue on Velcro wont last because of the top heating up in the sun will soften the glue and it will just fall off.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:55 AM   #4
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If it's just the velcro that ripped, sew a new piece(s) on. By hand or machine (if you have an upholstery machine). Yes, I'm a guy. I can sew, cook and clean. I can also repair computers, cars, houses, plumbing, electrical, etc. Give me a good book and I could probably do brain surgery.
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:56 AM   #5
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Instead of sewing, you could try fabric cement, I don't know if that would hold up against wind whipping though. Maybe fabric cement reinforced with hand stitches.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:11 AM   #6
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I did some sewing on my bikini top to fix a seam that came loose on the corners of the windows on my doors. I used a needle and some braided fishing line that I got at Wally-World. I had to use a pair of pliers to push and pull the needle thru the material. I sealed off the ends of the thread with Super Glue to keep the knot from coming loose.
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love the fishing line idea. what kind of needle did you use?? an upholstery needle?
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:55 PM   #8
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hey guys check this out. i had this idea the other day. what if i used grommets and punched them through the velcro that is already stitched to the bikini top, as extra support against the material tearing over time, and then just used para-chord to tie down the top every time i put it on?? i bought the stuff today on my way home from wk, gonna try it a little later. ill post some pics.

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Old 04-29-2014, 11:37 PM   #9
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this grommet idea actually worked perfect. im pretty excited to put it on and see how it rides. and the 3/8" grommet was the best size. its a bigger hole than what i had initially wanted but the 1/4" grommet was too shallow. the "throat" was not long enough to go trough the fabric and allow the washer to crimp to it. here are some pics.
so if you buy the grommet kit it gives you the stuff u need to punch holes thru the material and crimp the washer to the grommet. one pic is the hole before inserting the grommet.
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looks great on the jeep too. no popping while i drive either. just gotta play with the knots for the best way of doing it.
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love the fishing line idea. what kind of needle did you use?? an upholstery needle?
I'm sorry that it took so long to answer.....I dunno, I just grabbed a set of needles that looked like the fishing line would go through. I used pliers to push the needle through the fabric.

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