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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.

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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.

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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?

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    If you're ok with still using some bolts or whatever, you could try eyelets (like on a tarp) instead of strapping. You'll need eyelet pliers. – Mazura Oct 24 '18 at 22:42
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Take it to a shoe repair shop they can sew it together and the tow straps I had repaired cost less than 5$.

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