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Figure  3-36–Baseball  stitch. Sewing Bolt Ropes to Canvas by Hand Bolt  ropes  are  the  ropes  around  the  edges  of awnings and sails. Their purpose is to take the strain of the stops, clews, reef points, and the like. To sew on a bolt rope, hem the canvas and lay the rope along the edge. Use a round stitch, the size of which is determined by the size of the rope. Sew the rope strand by strand to the canvas as shown in figure 3-38. Carefully observe these points when sewing on bolt ropes. 1.   Keep the rope taut and the canvas slack. 2. Do not bunch the canvas, but hold your needle at such an angle that it goes through the canvas a fraction of an inch ahead of where it comes out from under the strand. 3.   Sew each strand to the canvas, making sure the needle  goes  under,  not  through,  the  strands. 4.   Do not let your stitches start to creep up around the rope, but keep them coming out of the rope in a straight line along the underside. If you let them creep, the canvas begins to curl around the rope. 5. SEW THE BOLT ROPE TIGHT. AWNINGS Awnings are canvas or synthetic coverings spread over the decks of a vessel to protect the crew from sun and weather. The center of an awning is held up by a strong  fore-and-aft  wire  rope  jackstay  supported  by intermediate stanchions. There may be a wooden strongback in place of the jackstay and others leading from it to the rail. The edges of the awning are hauled out and secured to ridge ropes along the rail. The ridge ropes  in  turn  are  supported  by  specially  braced stanchions that usually can be taken down when the awnings are not in use. Edges of some awnings are secured to the ridge rope by lacings reeved around the ridge rope and through grommets in the awning or through awning hooks sewn to the bolt ropes. Other awnings are equipped with stops and earrings (short lengths  of  line)  spliced  into  the  grommets.  Earrings  are larger and longer lines than the stops. They are spliced to the corner grommets and to the grommets that line up with  the  ridge-rope  stanchions. Figure 3-37.–Herringbone stitch. Figure 3-38.–Sewing a bolt rope to canvas. 3-27

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