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Repairing a Tear in a Tent

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  1. Repairing a Tear in a Tent, Sew a Ladder Stitch: step 1, image 1 of 3 Repairing a Tear in a Tent, Sew a Ladder Stitch: step 1, image 2 of 3 Repairing a Tear in a Tent, Sew a Ladder Stitch: step 1, image 3 of 3
    • Thread your needle and tie a knot in the end.

    • We're using contrasting thread for visibility, but when it comes time for your repair, you'll want to use matching thread.

    • Drive the needle from the back of the material, just before where the tear starts.

    • Pull the thread taut.

  2. Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 2, image 1 of 2 Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • Take a small stitch, going in and out of the material, on one side of the tear only.

    • Pull the thread taut.

  3. Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 3, image 1 of 2 Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Take a small stitch, going in and out of the material, on the other side of the tear, directly opposite of the stitch you just took.

    • Pull the thread taut. This should cinch the material together.

    • If your material bunches, try taking smaller stitches, while ensuring that you line up the stitches on either side of the material.

  4. Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 4, image 1 of 2 Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Continue stitching, switching from side to side as described in step 2 and 3 of this guide, pulling the thread taut after each stitch.

    • Stitch until you come to the end of the tear.

  5. Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 5, image 1 of 3 Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 5, image 2 of 3 Repairing a Tear in a Tent: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • One the last stitch, drive the needle through both sides of the fabric, taking as small of a stitch as possible.

    • Slowly pull the thread. As you pull, a loop will form. Draw the needle through this loop, and pull the thread taut.

    • Repeat this step, taking a tiny stitch, drawing the needle through the loop, and pulling taut.

    • Ensure that the stitches are tight, and cut any excess threads.

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