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Simple question what kind of thread or twine should I use to sew the zipper seam on a Aire, cat tube?

Portion of the thread popped this weekend. looks to be a very simple repair. Is there anything I should what out for when I'm sewing it? Yes I know I should take it in to get it professionally done. I'm on the water most weekends and I just want to make it to fall before I take it in.



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Robert
 

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Get out your speedy stitcher and some good heavy nylon thread, shouldn't take long at all. Melt the ends of the thread together with a lighter to make sure they don't come apart.
 

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Any idea what thread size? Talk about confusing!
Heavy thread. Don't over think size. I'd sew at least 8" either side of the failure.

If it's really heavy thread (same as original), do the same number of rows of stitching. If it's lighter thread, make another row or two. You can make surprisingly durable seams with light thread if you use enough of it!! 8)
 

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I have ordered some nylon thread for my speedy sticher. I will post pictures of the before and after for prosperity.
 

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How'd your repair go? I'm facing the same issue. How common is this?
Definitely give Aire a call like some folks mentioned on your other thread.
Aire has about the best warranty reputation of anyone I know of.
Even if it’s older than ten years, they should at least have some good repair advice.
 

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My bad for not returning to this post. The repair was quite easy, and I did take pictures, but they are bad. I used Speedy Stitcher and T270#277 bonded nylon thread. I think you could go a size bigger, but this size worked.
This is steps I did do the repair; yes, some of the steps are basic, no I’m not an expert:
1. I removed the tubes from the frame
2. Deflated the tubes.
3. Unzipped the tubes to the area that was damaged.
4. I did not remove the air bladders, instead I used a leather welding blanket between air bladder and the shell to protect the air bladder.
5. I removed any existing thread that was damaged and melted the end of the nylon tread.
6. Make sure that you know how to use a Speedy Sticher. There is a plethora of videos on YouTube on how to use the Speedy Sticher.
7. Start sewing at the last good existing stich. Stich back over the existing good stich by about 1 inch then stich towards the damage area. This is triple stich that 1-inch area.
8. I did not make new holes I used the existing holes.
9. Have extra needles as you will be lucky not break at least one needle. I did find that the needle that had a slight curve worked best for me.
10. I did not need this but did find this suggestion on another webpage. If you are having issues with getting the needle through the material you can use spray bottle with soap water.
11. Finish the end of your stich the same as the way you began the stich.
12. Make sure that you tie knots at the end and melt the thread.
 
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