How to stretch canvas case cover?
I took off the canvas case cover from my violin case a couple of weeks ago and now can't put it back on.
The cover is too tight/small.
It had been on the case for decades!
I thought of washing/wetting it.
I put it in the bathtub but I need something to stretch it out.
Any thoughts? This is a real heavy duty thick canvas cover.
I did the same mistake a few years ago... looking for an advice too!
This is just a guess, so take it with that in mind. You could wrap the case in Saran Wrap, or equivalent, to protect it from the moisture, then attempt to apply the cover while dampening it with water from a spray bottle. If/when you get it on, then leave it to dry.
Well, if throwing it in the bathtub (with water) to get it wet wasn't enough to get the canvas to stretch by hand, I doubt that spraying it from a spray bottle will help. :)
Might'nt soaking cause it to shrink?
One way to stretch the case could be to fill it with heavy material, like bricks or sand, and suspend it for a while.
Like follow Mark B's idea to cover the case with Saran Wrap and soak the cover in very warm water and put it on the case wet. Let it dry in place and then remove cover, Saran Wrap and replace the cover.
I doubt that filling a case with bricks and suspending it will result in stretching in jus the right directions.
I have read somewhere that hair-conditoner or baby shampoo could soften the fabric and help it stretch. Will let you know if I get crazy enough to give it a try.
Scott's suggestion is a good one, and it's roughly what I did with the cover for my double case - except that Eray doesn't repair shoes, but drycleans and repairs clothes. You may have to source the zip yourself on the internet - I didn't burden Eray with that job. I got my zip from UK Sewing Machines
My one inquiry about zipper replacement would have exceeded the cost of the leather coat it was for. Scott's suggestion to replace with a Cushy cover appeals to me.