I am trying to repair my backpack whose straps wore down. I decided to replace them with bands of heavy duty plastic-like fabric that I found. Unfortunately, it is very hard for me to push a sewing needle through the bands. I can do it if I grip the needle with pliers and apply all my force.
In the end, I used a metal band with some bolt nuts. The solution seems to work, but I am afraid that the sharp edges will cut me open like a trout one day. Also for some reason people collecting money for charity organizations no longer stop me on the street.
My mom has a sewing machine, but she seems reluctant to let me use it. I am also not sure whether it will be strong enough to pierce through the fabric.
Is there some simpler way to connect such sturdy pieces of fabric?