What type of thread must I use to repair a Balistic Nylon camera strap?
I have a Ballistic nylon camera strap that I need to modify. To do this I will need to remove one tstrap end connectors. What type of thread should I use to sew it back together?
Never done it myself, but I did a google search. Basically you want waxed thread used for making saddles.
I would use a synthetic thread that almost looks like woven fishing line. This type of thread won't rot in the presence of moisture. If you were careful in removing the original stitching, you could use the same holes to resew the strap.
I have sewn several nylon back pack type straps together after either shortenting or lengthening them. Waxed thread works okay. Very thick woven nylon works better. You can put a match to the ends when you are done. It melts it slightly & keeps it from unraveling. You can get this stuff at a crafts store. Large sewing stores also sell it. But, you'll need a special large curved needle and tough fingers to do it. But, after doing it numerous times, I have found that it never comes out looking all that professiional (or, straight). Do yourself a favor and take it to a saddle shop (or, a shoe repair shop). Let them sew it. They have a machine for it. It should cost you less than $20. It will be stronger & look better.
I sew this kind of stuff all the time for hip belts and accessory straps for outdoor stuff. If you use a UV stabilized nylon button thread, you'll have no problems....even on a sewing machine. Get it at Joanne Fabric or Hancocks.
Never use fishing line or waxed threads. This ain't 1870.
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