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Sewing outdoor gear

MonicaG | Posted in General Sewing Info on

A friend asked me for information, but this is beyond my experience level.  She needs to repair some outdoor gear (a wetsuit, I believe).  What type of thread should she be using?  It needs to be very stable.  She purchased nylon thread but is concerned about the amount of stretch it seems to have.  What type should she use and where can she find it?

Thanks in advance for your replies.



  1. mem | | #1

    isnt wetsuit fabric stretchy ?????

    1. MonicaG | | #2

      Not being a wet suit type of girl myself, I think the answer is yes.  I think my friend was concerned that since she way able to stretch nylon thread without much effort, it would not stand-up to rigorous wear, especially since wet suits are made to fit tightly.  If nylon thread is the correct thread type, is there a brand or "special treatment" that is recommended.

      Thank you,


      1. mem | | #3

        I would hav thought that far from needing a stable thread you need a stretchy one as otherwise when the suit is strtched the thread will break as it wont give with the suit.

        1. MonicaG | | #5

          Thank you.  I have passed along the info to my friend,



  2. loomchick | | #4

    Your friend may want to contact Seattle Fabrics . . . they specialize in outdoor-type sewing projects and have been invaluable with their feedback.


    1. MonicaG | | #6

      Thank you.  I passed along the website address to my friend.



      1. ChrisHaynes | | #7

        Here is another source for information:


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