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Old 21-10-2010, 16:37   #16
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Depending on what the grommet's use is - a reinforcement patch of 1 or more layers. The patch must be sewn on.

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Old 21-10-2010, 17:17   #17
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Sunbrella ravels like crazy. If you want to"cut" a hole in it, use a soldering iron or hot knife to melt it, instead.
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first you have to sew a stitch line around where you want to make the hole. The you can make the hole but have to solder/heat the threads so they dont unravel to the stitching you just did.After that you need a 2"x2" patch sewn over each side of the sunbrella where you can then sew a webbing on each side,then drive your grommet through the whole mess and you should be good
but you may want to sew a sun cover your grommet hole just in case and epoxy it or your boat may sink....
or just drive the grommet through and go
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or just drive the grommet through and go
Yeah, hit it with a hammer
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Old 22-10-2010, 05:02   #20
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HI Mark,
Try glueing a wrap over of webbing or old sail cloth with adhesive glue as re-enforcing otherwise you will find that the time you put in is time wasted. the grommet will hold it all together, so no need for stiching.
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Old 22-10-2010, 05:15   #21
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Thanks for all the ideas I will do each corner a different method and give you all points out of 10....

Then after a month another score LOL

David-O-J's toolbox is the least expensive on the whole forum. It consists only of 1 tool: a hammer. Proabably a verrrrry big one


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If you don't want to using webbing for the eyes Sew the webbing into the sunbrell and punch the eye through that. The eyes tend to cut through fabric so a good backer is a good eyedea.
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I suggest you watch :

Stainless Steel Spur Grommet Video

and they have all the bits to do what you want!
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Thanks for all the ideas I will do each corner a different method and give you all points out of 10....

Then after a month another score LOL
To be honest, I think it is a good way to learn. i.e. don't start with the big / expensive project

Mine was a tester for making a cockpit canopy (I have a sprayhood already - and don't want a Bimini).......main thing I learnt was that being able to sew would be very useful ........and that I would need to get a sewing machine, maybe another tester on a Boom Awning?. or even some Spray Dodgers (Not that I really want those). One of those things I would enjoy the challenge of having a go at, just not confident that the results would be up to my standards..........maybe one for January?

Of course if your boat was a different design their would be absolutely nothing wrong with the cover. ever. and it would be an investment. could probably also keep it hoisted above 100 knots or at least 10.........

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There are also neat plastic catches that grip the canvas and you use a line to tie off.

These however can be used only at the brim - not anywhere in the middle of the canvas.

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