Timbuk2 bags are very durable and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. According to the Timbuk2 website, they have heard stories of their bags outlasting relationships, jobs, and train wrecks. While the bag is extremely tough, there may come a time when the strap on your bag breaks and you need a reliable way to fix it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Black heavy duty nylon thread
- Large "chenille" size needle
Select the best needle for the job. Because of the thickness of the strap, you will need a "chenille" size needle, which Sewing.org describes as a thick needle with a very sharp point. The sharp point will help you to pierce through the tough material easily, while the thickness of the needle will keep it from bending. This type of needle can easily be found in the craft section of most stores.
Obtain your thread. The pressure that is put on your Timbuk2 strap makes using ordinary cotton for this job a bad option. Select a heavy duty nylon thread that has been bonded and twisted. The Rochford Supply recommends this type of thread for furniture or automotive use, giving it enough strength to make your repair last. This thread should be black, just like your strap, in order to blend in. Nylon thread can be purchased in craft stores or online.
Using the scissors, trim any fraying edges on both sides of the tear. This will create a clean edge with less chance of stray fibres getting caught up in your mending. Be careful to trim only what is fraying so as not to cut length from the strap.
Thread your needle with a double length of thread. Start with a four foot long piece of thread, and insert one end of the thread into the eye of the needle. Pull it through until it meets the other end, then knot the two ends together.
Starting at one end of the tear, insert your needle into the material of the strap from the back side about one quarter inch above the rip, and pull it all the way through until taught. Insert the needle into the front side of the strap on the other side of the tear and pull all the way through, joining the two sides. Once again, insert the needle into the back of the material, about a quarter inch from your original stitch, and continue the process until you have sewn the length of the rip.
To tie off your sewing, pick up a few fibres from the reverse side of the strap by sliding your needle horizontally under some of the surface threads. Before pulling the stitch tight, pass your needle through the loop you have created in the thread. You will have a knot that is attached to the material of the strap. Repeat this knot one to two more times to secure it, then trim the ends of your thread.
Fixing Your Timbuk2 Bag Strap
Tips and warnings
- If you find the needle difficult to pull through the thick strap material, have a pair of needle nose pliers near by. Grip the needle with the pliers, then pull. If you decide not to fix your bag strap, the Timbuk2 website does sell replacement straps that can be clipped onto your bag.
- Always be careful when exerting force on a needle, as it is very sharp and can be dangerous.
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