This afternoon I pitched my Scarp in the back garden. The main task was to apply some permethrin to the mesh to deter any midges. I also applied permethrin to the door zip as protection against ticks. I’ve been told by a fisherman in Scotland that midges avoid lavender. So I’ve also sprayed the mesh with lavender linen scent. I don’t know whether it will work, but it smells nice! While I was about it, I put some permethrin on the bottoms of my trousers.
In the course of this frenzy of activity, to my horror, I discovered that one of the grosgrain loops for the side guys was becoming detached. The stitching that secured it to the pole hoop had run. I’m glad I spotted this before going to Scotland.
So it was out with the needle and thread. I decided to use some strong nylon thread rather than polyester. It was relatively easy to reattach the loop. To be on the safe side I stitched back and forth three times. For good measure, I added some seam sealant to ensure any loose stitches don’t run.
I thought it wise to add some stitches to the guying loop on the other side. I dearly love the Scarp, but some of the stitching is not of the highest quality. If you own a Scarp, it’s worth having a good check every so often to make sure everything is in order.