Fasteners Made Easy
Snaps, self-gripping devices, and hooks and eyes are the most common fasteners, and they must be properly attached to the garment for proper hang. Choose a fastener that will hold up to weekly washings. Some fasteners, such as wooden buttons, look great but will not hold up to weekly washings.
Hooks and Eyes
Hooks and eyes are hidden fasteners that can be used to hold edges together or overlapped. Hooks come with loops or straight eyes; no-sew versions must be clamped in place. Thread eyes are not as strong as metal eyes, but they are less conspicuous. Take a 1/4-inch stitch across the thread eye position, pulling the thread tight after each stitch to create a “bridge” of thread eyes.
Snaps come in a variety of styles, including sew-in and no-sew snaps, as well as snap tape, which can be machine stitched onto garments to keep them in place. Prong snaps use knife-like points to pierce the fabric and join with the inner pieces. Specialty snaps can be used for a variety of garments, accessories, and hoops.
Hook and Loop Fasteners
Sew fasteners directly to the facing using 12 to 15 machine stitches per inch or sew by hand. Hook and loop fasteners have tiny, firm polyester hooks on one piece and soft nylon loops on the other. These fasteners are ideal for children and individuals with poor or limited finger and hand mobility.
Although you may want the fastener to “stick out,” it should blend in well with the fabric color. There are many popular decorative fasteners available for garments, and these fasteners add decorative function to any garment, from a jacket to a pair of jeans or a dress.
For Frogs and Toggles
Frogs or toggles can be used on a variety of outerwear, but they’re most commonly seen on oriental-style jackets and capes. Toggles can be stitched by hand or machine, and you should finish your garment before sewing on the fastener.
Grommets and eyelets are lacing holes that are reinforced by cutting a slit in the fabric and attaching metal or plastic rings on both sides. Eyelets can be made with a decorative stitch on some sewing machines.
For Self-fabric Ties:
For each tie, cut two strips of fabric and fold the raw edges of the long sides to the middle of the strip (Figure 14a). Pin the raw edge of each tie to the garment with 3/8 inch extending over the mark, then stitch through all layers 1/4 inch from the turned edge.
For Ribbon Ties:
You’ll need to secure them in place with a needle and thread after stitching the raw edges or cutting them diagonally to prevent raveling. Follow steps 3 through 6 for self-Fabric ties above, and then steps 7 and 8 for attaching them to metal wire.
For Further Reading
Zippers are C-221, and collars are C-223.
Can you sew velcro on with a sewing machine?
Once you’ve finished your regular sewing and are ready to apply your Velcro, replace your regular needle with a denim needle, rethread your machine, and you should be ready to sew!
Is hook and loop the same as Velcro?
Hook and loop fasteners are the most common name for VELCRO u00ae Brand hook and loop and other products, but other names include hook and loop closures, hook and pile fasteners, and touch fasteners.
What is the strongest hook and loop?
Dual Lock Fastener with 3M Adhesive Backing ( Stronger Than Hook)
What size needle should I use to sew Velcro?
Use a sharp needle in a thicker size for sewing Velcro, such as a universal needle in size 14 or 16. If your needles are breaking or bending, try a sturdy denim or leather needle.
How do you attach a hook and loop to fabric?
Instructions for sewing:
- Cut tapes to desired lengths.
- Machine or hand sew loop tape around edges of fabric, backstitching to secure.
- Peel film backing from hook tape and press firmly on clean, dry surface.
What is sew on hook and loop?
Sewable, sew in, or sew on VELCRO u00ae Brand hook and loop and DuraGripu00ae Brand hook and loop tape for sewing has a flat, non-adhesive backing and is used for sewing, strap manufacturing, and other applications where adhesives are not required.
What is the strongest Velcro?
ALFA-LOKu00ae Fasteners from VELCROu00ae Brand Our ALFA-LOKu00ae fasteners are the strongest VELCROu00ae Brand fasteners and provide a high-strength, long-term attachment where the fastener is only opened and closed infrequently, making them a quick and easy alternative to nails and screws.
Which side of Velcro is stronger?
Each fastener is made up of two pieces of material, one with many tiny loops and the other with many tiny hooks, which cling to the loops when the two sides are pressed together. The more hooks and loops attached, the stronger the bond.
What does hook and eye mean?
: a two-part fastening device consisting of a metal hook that catches over a bar or into a loop (as on a garment or a door).
What works better than Velcro?
The reusable closures are for securing bulky items as heavy as ten pounds to walls and other surfaces, according to 3M Co., and are three times stronger than Velcro’s competing industrial product.
What is the strongest adhesive hook?
Rulaii hooks have a maximum weight of 15lb/6.8kg, which is sufficient for daily use. Rulaii hooks are never the cheapest, but the quality is the best, as they are made with the best adhesive and cutting-edge technology.
What does Velcro mean?
Velcro (Verb) To fasten tightly with Velcro. Etymology: From velours and crochet. Velcro (ProperNoun) A fastener made up of two strips of fabric, one with minute fiber hooks and the other with tiny fiber loops, which when brought together stick strongly one to the other.