Nylon wind trousers normally get damaged in one of two ways. The seams come unravelled, or the trousers get a hole that needs to be patched. Either way, the biggest problem is that the raw edges of the nylon fabric fray easily. The best way to repair nylon wind trousers is to use taffeta ripstop tape to prevent fraying, and then sew the seam or the patch edges in place. Ripstop tape is normally available in widths up to 3 inches, and comes packaged in a roll.
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Things you need
- Taffeta ripstop tape, like K-Tape
- Zigzag sewing machine with universal needle installed
- Alcohol wipe (optional)
Trim the ripstop tape to the needed shape. If you are repairing a seam, cut the tape in 1/2-inch wide strips that are the length of the opening. If you are patching a hole, cut the tape so it is at least 1/2-inch wider than the hole on all sides.
Peel the backing off the tape, and carefully position the tape over the area being repaired. If you are fixing a seam, run the tape strip right along the edge of the fabric. If you are patching a hole, centre the tape over the hole. The tape is pressure sensitive, so press down firmly when you have it positioned over the damaged area.
To close a ripped seam, set the sewing machine on a medium length straight stitch. Fold the taped edge inward, and hold the two folds so they are lined up following the original seam line, and sew the seam closed 1/8-inch from the folds, with a stitch that looks like topstitching.
To patch a hole, set the sewing machine on a medium length, wide zigzag stitch, and sew all the way around the edges of the tape patch.
If the sewing machine needle feels, or looks, like it is sticking, either replace the needle or wipe the tape's adhesive off of the needle with the alcohol pad.
Tips and warnings
- Ripstop tape, like K-Tape can be purchased where camping supplies are sold.
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