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Use Dental Floss to Repair a Sail

Like an old-time sailor, I took needle and thread and mended a rip in the sail of our boat. The needle was a heavy-duty one from the drug store - and the THREAD was DENTAL FLOSS. It fit through the needle and because it was WAXED, it slid easily through the sail cloth! I do recommend using dental floss for canvas repairs - as waxed heavy duty thread is hard to find nowadays. And in the case of the sail, the floss being white helped the tidiness of the repair (we then put sail tape over it, too.) But the goal was to keep the rip from going into the body of the sail - and as they say, a stitch in time saves 9!


By Pamphyila

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June 8, 20080 found this helpful

Your clever patch will probably hold for a good while. Floss is made of nylon, in case you wondered. Another great use for the stuff! And if you're ever stranded in the South Sea Doldrums, you'll have the cleanest teeth.

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