Most, if not all, shade sails constructed with an upgraded D ring Thimble which combines the D Ring with a wire rope Thimble. The Thimble is a rigging item that protects the cable as it bends around the attachment point. This provides increased strength and longer lifespan.
Seams can look unattractive when they stand up like a shark fin or are wavy and irregular. Seams can also be a weak point on a sail if made improperly. Our sewing techniques fold the fabric over itself and prevent the seam from standing up. We combine the strength of the fabric and 4 rows of stitching to ensure that our seams will last a lifetime.
We use Tenara thread on all of our products. Tenara is guaranteed to last as long as the shade cloth. In our experience, Tenara far outlasts standard awning thread.
There are 2 types of stitching used in the shade industry, chain stitch and lock stitch. We use a lock stitch for several reasons.
A lock stitch does not unravel if one of the stitches is broken. Once a chain stitch is broken, the whole seam can be pulled apart, even if the thread itself is still intact.
A lock stitch is also more suited to using Tenara thread. Chain stitch sewing machines are difficult to adjust for the characteristics of Tenara.
Other manufacturers that prefer chain stitch usually use standard thread. The benefits of using a chain stitch are that you don’t need to change bobbins and the stitch is more flexible than a lock stitch.
The benefits of a lock stitch outweigh the benefits of a chain stitch and it is the lock stitch that we have chosen to base our warranty on.