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Headliner Stitching Repair
« on: August 01, 2019, 04:21:21 PM »
I need advice on what to do about the headliner in my '79 wagon. I foolishly tried to clean it by gently wiping with a cloth dampened with a weak solution of water and Murphy's Oil Soap. It cleaned up nicely, but now the stitching where the "ribs" are is coming apart! Is there any way to fix it without a total re-do? I really don't want to have to replace it as it has no tears or holes.

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Re: Headliner Stitching Repair
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2019, 08:57:29 PM »
If the thread was that weak, then it's fragile everywhere. Repair would require taking the whole thing out for new stitching at which point you might as well replace it all. It's anyone's guess how long the fabric would last at this point.

Mine only had a small tear near the back and the rest was great until the stitching turned to powder. Once I had the fabric in my hand it was obviously degraded as well.
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