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Yesterday I managed to burn a hole into my Lowepro bag (see pic)
It was open on a kitchen bench and the halogen under-cupboard lighting did it.
Quite fancy repairing it rather than replacing it. Not even sure of a search term for patches. Think I need something stick-on rather than iron-on or sew-on, any ideas?
Not too concerned what it looks like.
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I doubt if DayMen International will replace it under warranty, but perhaps worth cheekily asking them
It's been a great bag and I'd buy another Lowepro but I'm quite happy to patch it. Even if it looks messy I'm not bothered as I think it makes it look less attractive to thieves. Just found some tent patches on eBay that might work.
Quote: Just found some tent patches on eBay that might work.
That's what i would try.
Billingham does/did offer a repair service but only for their own bags.
I asked my wife (who knows about these things) what you could do about your bag.
He advice was to try to get some similar material (black, nylon cordura of roughly the same weight and feel) and patch it from both sides. Her suggestion was to buy a cheap bum bag in a local Pound store or market to get your source fabric.
She says you should trim the singed edges off and then apply a patch, using fabric glue, on the inside first. Only once that is secure should you apply a patch on the outside. If it is possible you should try to stitch round the edges to prevent them from lifting off.
This may or may not be easy depending on the presence of seams, linings etc but it may be worth exploring the possibility.
I can't think of any specific links to point you towards but try having a route around on Google for pannier repairs. As a keen touring cyclist myself I've often come across people seeking advice on repairing their panniers, and the better quality ones are waterproof and ideally are preferred to stay that way. I would imagine a camera bag repair would be no different. Ortlieb generally make the Rolls Royce of pannier bags and I'm sure they sell repair kits.
Here you go, perhaps that will do the job.
I had a similar problem when a bag was torn whilst on holiday.
I used a small iron flag which I bought in the local tourist souvenir market decided I liked it to the extent the bag or my foldaway rain poncho gets a new flag at each holiday destination
With a hole you may need some backing material (2 flags)
Worth trying an old fashioned dry cleaners or cobblers as they have industrial sewing machines and would probably be able to sort it for a couple of quid.
I had some leather straps fitted to a motorcycle jacket once buy the above type of shop and they did a great job and cost next to nothing.
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