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    Posted: 19 April 2016 at 6:08pm
Hi there!

So I decided to tackle replacing the t-top on my boat. Ordered all the supplies as recommended in other threads (spur grommets, tenara thread, etc).

My question has to do with webbing. I'm using 12.7 oz double coated Stamoid and wondering if a double hem would be sufficient in strength along the edges with the grommets or if I will need to use some kind of webbing with the stamoid?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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Hi Erik,

With the heavy Stamoid a double hem should be strong enough for a medium sized T-Top. But adding webbing will certainly not hurt anything. It would in fact increase strength. But if you use webbing make sure it is encased in the hem.

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Webbing it is then! 

Thank you for the fast reply. I'm sure Ill have other questions as I plan to tackle a couple other projects hanks to your helpful videos. 



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Feel free to ask any questions you have.
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Erik,

As Matt said, adding webbing won't hurt. It definitely will add strength and keep the grommets from pulling out.

What are you using to cut the holes?  Before you build the top I would suggest trying to cut a couple holes in a sandwich of webbing and Stamiod. You will have a lot of holds to cut, and if your cutter is not up to the challenge, you will have a long road ahead of you.

Also, adding webbing may take some of the stretch out of the top from corner to corner.

When lacing on t-tops I use a lacing tool that hockey players use to lace up their skates. It's a t-handle with a hook on the end. With it I can get tops drum tight. I also have a knitted glove with rubber palm and fingers on my left hand. I pull the t-handle with my right and hold the line in place with the gloved hand. 

Best of luck with the project.
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Thanks for the helpful tips!

I have one of the hammer style punches. I'm going to take your advice and do a trial run on a sample. I would hate to get everything done only to find out I can't punch through everything. Haha.
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Use a cutting block and place it on concrete for the best results when punching the holes. With the right tools and approach it is not difficult.
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Just wanted to say thanks again for the helpful advice. I ended up adding the webbing and it was easy to cut through with the cutting board under the punch (putting in the grommets was very tedious).

I was very happy with the end result. This was my first time ever using a sewing machine and there is no way I could have completed this project without your helpful videos. So thank you again!

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Looks great! Awesome job. We are so happy the videos are helpful. Take a look at the new website at sailrite.com and if you have time to give some reviews of the products you used we would appreciate it.

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