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From: janegael
Date: 12-08-2006, 07:45 PM (1 of 8)
1. Is there a "best" type or brand to buy? I'm sewing them onto fleece dog coats and need something sturdy. I'm off to Joanne's to buy some tomorrow.

2. Is there a way to clean Velcro as I have an older coat with Velcro that has picked up lint and hair to the point where it isn't very sticky anymore.

Thanks a lot!

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From: HeyJudee
Date: 12-08-2006, 08:53 PM (2 of 8)
Don't have a favourite brand but just make sure you buy the kind for sewing. Don't buy the stick on as you will have problems sewing it...the glue gums up the needle.

I've never had the problem of trying to clean velco. But I'd try using a long straight pin. Try sliding it into the velco parallel to the bottom. The lift up the pin up. It may push the lint up so it can be removed.

Hope this helps.
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From: VenusElaine
Date: 12-08-2006, 11:06 PM (3 of 8)
The biggest reason velcro does not "stick" is because the "hard" side (hook) is full of smutch. Small pieces can be cleaned with a pin or needle. Run it under the smutch (linty) and clean it. Large areas can even be cleaned with a brush. Eventually the loop "soft" side will no longer grip, and then it will have to be replaced.
Always clean and then fasten velcro before laundering, just as you should close zippers and button buttons. The less wear and tear, the longer they last.

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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-11-2006, 05:36 PM (4 of 8)
Has anyone found that new kind of velcro that is all one piece (no difference in it ) for sale for sewists ?? I have found cards with 6 or 8 pieces on the card for sale at the Dollar Tree.. I love that new stuff.. It is softer than the hard (hook) side of the old kind, and seems to stay clean of lint a lot longer.. I wish I had bought more, because the last time I looked for more, they were out..
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From: janegael
Date: 12-12-2006, 02:53 PM (5 of 8)
Thanks for the info and the new word: smutch. Love it!

I got some plain old Velcro and am now having a machine problem. I've asked Janome about it but I have a 10 year old machine so they don't race to get back to me on it.

User: janegael
Member since: 12-03-2006
Total posts: 11
From: Sancin
Date: 12-12-2006, 06:05 PM (6 of 8)
Libby, I used that type of fastener in big rolls to cut to keep all the papers in my classroom binder - even messy at work. I used to buy it in hardware stores. It only came in black as I recall. I have never sewn with it but I agree it would be great and not stick with everything. :bluesmile
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From: paroper
Date: 12-15-2006, 10:46 PM (7 of 8)
I usually just pull the lint out of the velcro like I often do a hairbrush. It doesn't totally clean the velcro but it certainly works. Just be sure that you always close it when you take it off or put it away because it grabs everything. If you do that you won't have nearly as many little strings in your velcro.

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From: Brenisback
Date: 12-16-2006, 04:57 AM (8 of 8)
I just clean my DGS'S little winter coat ...the velcrove was full of lint...I just used a pin and picked it out's good as new.

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