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How To Use Velcro Instead Of A Zipper [BETTER]

To replace a broken tent zipper, you will need to remove the old zipper first. This can be done with a pair of pliers or a seam ripper. Once the old zipper is removed, you can then measure for and attach the new zipper.

how to use velcro instead of a zipper


The process for fixing a zipper on a pop up camper is the same as for any other type of tent. First, you will need to remove the old zipper. It can be done with pliers or a seam ripper.

There are a number of reasons why tent zippers can fail. The most common reason is because the zipper is not properly aligned with the teeth of the fabric. This can cause the zipper to catch or snag on the fabric, which eventually leads to the zipper breaking.

Learn all about sewing Velcro. Velcro (or its generic name which is hook and eye tape) is one of the great inventions of modern times. If you have young kids you will love sewing Velcro on their clothing as they can put it on and remove it themselves, leaving you with an extra few precious minutes in your day. I use it extensively in my clutch sewing patterns too. It is easy and cheap to purchase and can be attached in a couple of easy steps. Ready to learn how to sew velcro? Let's get started...

If you are having trouble getting close to the edge with your all purpose presser foot, try using a zipper foot instead. Of course, you can only straight stitch with a zipper foot. It is not suitable for a zig-zag.

In sewing, you always have lots of options to choose from. If you do not want to use a zipper then you can pick from one of many alternatives and still have the dress look ideal. You are not stuck using a plain old zipper.

What to use instead of a zipper? There are probably hundreds of alternatives you can use. One is Velcro but that closure is limited in application and it does not always look very good and it may not be the most secure closure to use.

Buckles come in handy as well and can be adjusted for comfort. It will depend on how innovative you get but you do not want to go too far in case your child gets teased at school for being unique and having different fasteners on his or her clothes. (related: how to get fabric out of zipper)

Stud buttons are just another take on the button fastener. These are usually found in heavier fabrics like denim used for jeans. Then some toggles replaced buttons and zippers for awhile. These use a loop to help them fasten up your fabrics.

Velcro is a very good substitute for zippers initially. They have great holding power and they are very easy to sew on to your clothing item. They are also washable and easy to keep clean making them very handy to have around.

Also, Velcro is easy to access when you are in a hurry making them very convenient. Even if bits of cloth get stuck in between the Velcro the fastener should open up with ease. Unlike zippers which can get stuck on threads or loose clothing ends and so on.

One way to determine which fastener you will use is thinking about the purpose of the clothing item you are attaching it to. You would not want to put a zipper on an evening gown or a stud button that looks better on jeans.

This many options just for closures makes sewing a lot of fun to do. You are not stuck with plain old zippers. There is a wealth of choices waiting for your creative juices to kick in and match them up with your next sewing project.

Zip fastenings really are the most easy to use fastening for clothes, and as there are several different types of zippers used in sewing, choosing the right one to use will depend on the garment you are sewing.

Ive tried the magnets - great idea but not strong enough and I got stuck to my refrigerator while wearing my new garment (ha ha). Seriously though, I've been working on a "wrap" for two years now. Have used the velcro which has been just 'OK'. Tends to get stuck on itself in the washer/dryer and am praying for a new type of velcro? Have you heard of anything out there yet? I'm trying to make a "one size" sort of swim wrap and the ladies come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. My goal? To keep them warm when they get out of the pool so a sort of "drapy/wrapy" things seems to do the trick. I just need an adjustable way to help them. Any ideas you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

I am looking for a soft, short loop velcro fastners used for baby clothes and accessories, ie bibs etc. I see them on cheap $$Tree bibs! I ordered what looked like it, but was still not that soft. Any recommendaiions??

Het Kizzy! Where are you located? There's an amazing place in Whitechapel in London that I used to get my best zips from, but not sure if they ship at the moment. Otherwise, if you wanted it to be reversible, you could try rouleau loops sandwiched the same way you would sandwich a reversible zipper, and then lace the opening through the loops. Not the fastest opening to create (or use) though!

Hi Isabelle! Thanks for taking the time to comment! Velcro! I have to agree that it is easy to put on - my trouble with it through Isabelle is that the few items I have with velcro (looking at you raincoat!) always snag on other clothes and end up pulling and trashing the fibres. Sob!

Don't let sewing zippers scare you. It's not as difficult as you might think. Search youtube and the web and I bet you can get good instructions. The coils act as a guide and you might end up with the nicest stitch on your whole project.

Jan R- good points, in this particular design the velcro will not be in contact with the netting, but I still need to keep that in mind. And, I was wondering about ease of closing it too, I have strips of velcro on the beak of my GG SpinnShelter, no problems there, but that's short straight strips

Even omni tape will wreck havoc with bug netting and velcro just harder to close. If you don't like zippers your better off over lapping the bug netting using little flat cord tie offs like they use to use in the vintage tents. I did this on one of my tents but southern california is hardly a bug environment compared to east coast.Terry

Velcro and Omni-tape are a total PITA, and it's the one thing I absolutely hate sewing. Zipper is a piece of cake, a zipper foot helps to get the stitch work close to the zipper, but isn't mandatory. The zipper coil acts a guide, don't fight it, just follow it.

Velcro has great holding power initially but will lose strength over time from UV exposure and repeated use. Long lengths of Velcro can also be difficult to close evenly which can cause problems if using for frame pockets on biminis. I recommend using zippers, but keep in mind that all zippers are not created equally. Sailrite prefers YKK or RIRI brand zippers because they offer high quality, UV treated zippers that have proven superior when compared to other competing brands.

These traditional five-pocket jeans have a regular waistband and belt loops, but they have a VELCRO Brand fastener fly instead of a zipper and button. Easy dressing for those with limited finger mobility. Choose an inseam...we hem for free! Note: If you need some guidance in determining the inseam, and know the man's height, click here. We do make dressing easier! Imported and USA.

Adult Hoodie Zip Sweat Shirt that is comfortable and is the perfect light weight jacket that helps those the have difficulty zipping up a jacket. Velcro (R) closure encases the zipper and which makes the zipper an option rather than a necessity Available for male and female.

The Sabre Jacket is 5.11's take on a full featured highly weather resistant jacket. The creation is likely a response to the growing demand of high-end jackets. After a brief look-see, the general layout appears very response jacket like, but with numerous additions. Starting with the pockets, there are 2 classic side hand pockets with zipper openings. Flaps are sewn on top of the opening to help with item retention when zippers are open and weather protection. Both shoulders have zippered pockets with highly water resistant zippers. 3"x2" loop velcro areas are also on these pockets so you can mount your favorite cool guy patch. Both sides of the upper chest also have fancy weather resistant zippered pockets. The more central placement is easiest to use for most users, but will be covered by those who wear armor. On the inside of the jacket is a zippered pocket on the left and a velcro sealed pocket on the right. I guess they mix it up to give the user options on speed vs. security.

Like on the response jacket design, there are zippered areas on the upper right and left to give access to the ID panels. There is an additional large one on the upper back. The ID panels connect with velcro now instead of a zipper. The panels themselves have remained as simple fabric and the user still needs to find a way to apply patches to the panels. All of the ID openings are also secondary pockets in which they offer access to the space between the 2 main layers of the jacket. Although not meant to be pockets, you can fit larger odd shaped objects in there when you find yourself having to make-do. A cool new addition is the long pit-zips on the sides. They use 2 zippers in which one can zip from up to down to allow heat to come out or zip down to up to get to concealed weaponry easier or free up movement. It isn't a huge deal, but the side zippers don't come with any kind of pull-tab at all making them very hard to use. Luckily adding 550-cord or whatever is not an expensive fix. On the note of pull tabs, the one on the main central zipper is awesome. It is grippy and fits in your hand great. The only draw back is that they are not used anywhere else on the jacket.

The sleeve ends use both elastic and velcro strap adjustments. I find the velcro strap adjuster to be too thin and is getting snagged or torn off frequently since it does not have much loop velcro to grab onto. Making these 1" wide instead of .5" would help the problem. Another problem that occurs with this issue is that the main side hand pockets are lined with fuzzy material for comfort, but the sleeve straps love to snag on them since the hook part of the strap grabs onto the fuzzy pocket material. 350c69d7ab


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