Velcro is one of the best fastener inventions and has revolutionized the trim industry. It is used as a quick and secure closure to the alternative zipper, button and snap. For no sew crafting, Velcro is a quick and easy way to complete projects. Although Velcro can be glued to most fabrications, it is important to select the correct adhesive, Velcro type and weight in accordance to the fabric being used.
Velcro acts as a secure fastener and can be glued to different types of fabrics. It is available in varying widths and normally is manufactured in white or black. It is important to keep in mind the intended application of the Velcro when selecting a specific fabric glue or bonding agent. This will determine which fabric adhesive and what method will be used when attaching the Velcro to the fabric. For example, you would use a different adhesive and method when securing Velcro to footwear than you would when using it to fasten a lightweight wraparound skirt in place.
Once you've selected the fabric and adhesive, it's best to work on a flat surface area. When using a liquid or hot glue, leave a seam allowance on each side of the Velcro. Turn the Velcro over and apply glue slowly from the center point toward the edge. Remember, liquid glue spreads once the Velcro strip is pressed onto the fabric surface. Avoid glue seeping onto the fabric. Allow the recommended drying time for the glue prior to using the Velcro. You can add reinforcing hand- or machine-sewn stitches, if needed.
When applying Velcro with a hot glue gun or using heat-activated Velcro fusion tape, it is important to have your fabric ready for application. Once the glue is hot or heat activated it is best to apply it immediately for maximum results. Affix hot glue in a row like fashion on the Velcro flat side, adding as many rows as needed. It is best to attach Velcro strip with slight pressure onto fabric. Velcro fusion tape requires a hot iron and will have specific temperature settings prior to application process.
Velcro: Adhesive Selection
There are a variety of Velcro adhesives and types available. Although a multipurpose or heavy-duty glue is most commonly used, it is best to select an adhesive specifically made for Velcro application.
Although the Velcro application process is relatively simple, it is important to note any label warnings prior to application, wash or outdoor exposure. Certain adhesives react differently when exposed to specific temperatures by releasing the bonding agent. The Velcro can also begin to curl at edges with possible glue run off onto the fabric.
Warning: Washing Velcro
It is important to read all care instructions prior to setting Velcro strips. Certain adhesives release the bonding agent when washed and may cause slight stains.This normally happens when using Velcro tape, which is available on a roll with a sticky backing. There are several Velcro fabric fusion products that will strengthen the bonding process during wash by adhering to fabric fibers. Crafters that enjoy no-sew projects normally opt for this version.
Velcro: History and Benefits
As versatile as Velcro is, it was actually discovered in 1948 by George de Mestral, and may be viewed as a delightful twist of fate. He returned from a walk to find cockleburs stick to his jacket. After examining them under a microscope, he spent about eight years developing his stumbled-upon find and his discovery and effort changed and impacted the trim industry.
By replacing fasteners with Velcro, manufacturers find cost and value benefits. There is a significant reduction in the overall production cost, which in turn, affects the final cost to the consumer.