Did you know that trampoline net repair is easier than you think? It can appear to be very costly, but I figured out how to repair a trampoline net easily and cheaply!
We have a much-loved trampoline with the safety enclosure. About a year ago a large limb fell on the trampoline during a storm. The branch made a small hole in the netting close to the top of the enclosure.
I was really irritated about this because we hadn't had the trampoline very long and we all know what happens to a small hole….it eventually becomes a BIG HOLE!
Last week our small hole because a HUGE hole! The hole had grown some over the past year and somehow my daughter's elbow caught the hole and it ripped into a huge gaping hole that created a real safety issue.
I knew if I wanted to replace the enclosure safety net it was going to be a minimum of $50 and up. I really didn't want to spend that much money right now on our old trampoline.
Trampoline Net Repair Made Easy
I decided to try fixing it myself and it seems to be a pretty good trampoline net repair!
Although I am not a seamstress I decided to see if I could just sew the big hole closed. I already had a spool of heavy-duty upholstery thread and that is what I used. There was tan upholstery thread in my sewing box and I just used that even though black would have made the seam much less noticeable.
I used a large upholstery needle to do the “sewing” and it worked really well. The hardest part was knotting the thread onto the netting to start off with. Because it is netting….as in…holes…lots of tiny holes…it is a little different from just knotting your thread like you are sewing on fabric.
Once I got my thread knotted onto the netting I just zigzagged back and forth about every 1/2 inch all the way up the hole. The thread was kind of loose, but very easy to tighten up as you go. I knotted it off again at the top.
I am not sure how long this solution will last, but the kids have jumped on it several times since the trampoline net repair and it is still holding. I think upholstery thread is pretty tough stuff. If it starts to come undone I will sew it again with fishing line because that may be even sturdier.
I did tell my kids to try and not purposefully jump into that area of the netting. I am hoping this trampoline net repair will last a long time and it will be easy to redo if it starts to come loose. It only took me about 20 minutes total to fix this HUGE hole in the net!
Has Your Trampoline Safety Net Ever Torn?
What do you think of my idea for a trampoline net repair? Do you have a trampoline? Have you had issues with the netting tearing or getting holes in it?
*UPDATE: It has been over a year since I fixed did the trampoline net repair and it is still holding up great! 🙂
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