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Old 06-16-2006, 11:45 PM   #1
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Zip-Dee repair?

I am new to airstreams. I just purchased a 77 excella 500. The curb-side awning is functional, but the stitching between the panels is gone. I have several nice peices of 24" wide fabric, but there is nothing joining them. Is this a project that a newbie with an energetic wife with a sewing machine should attack? If this can be repaired, any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 06-16-2006, 11:52 PM   #2
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I suggest you contact ZipDee
They will advise you of the best options to take.



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Old 06-17-2006, 03:28 AM   #3
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Most home sewing machines will not handle this kind of thickness. You will break the machine. There are lots of local boat cover shops that you can take the awning to after you get it off the trailer. Simple job but make sure the rest of the fabric is in good enough shape to justify. Hand sewing can fix a small area where weather has gotten to the stitching.
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Old 06-17-2006, 06:24 AM   #4
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Youo need an industrial 'walking foot' style sewing machine. A home model will laugh at the acrylic fabric and probably be damaged in the process. Also , you have to use a 'hot knife' wen you cut acrylic to seal the edges as you cut it or it will ravel and look horrible.

A call to Zip-Dee is always helpful. They are nice folks!
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