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    My seat belt chokes me. I have been using a clothes pin up at the top. Does anyone have any ideas what I can make that will help keep it from rubbing on my neck? I sometimes lose my clothes pin :(

    Will a seat belt cover keep it off my neck?

    Thanks.

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    Dawn, does it adjust at the top by the door frame?, if so just slide the clip down. If not you can purchase a clip that holds the chest strap down to the lap portion. However, this is not recommended. I would suggest a lambswool or other soft fabric to sew around the strap where it rubs. (I have the same problem. :)

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    Would it help if you sat on a cushion to raise you up higher?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Dawn, does it adjust at the top by the door frame?, if so just slide the clip down. If not you can purchase a clip that holds the chest strap down to the lap portion. However, this is not recommended. I would suggest a lambswool or other soft fabric to sew around the strap where it rubs. (I have the same problem. :)
    I do have it down, I am 5'1 and even if I sit on a pillow (which is why I bought this car, because I don't need a pillow :D ) it still chokes me :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    Quote Originally Posted by dakotamaid
    Dawn, does it adjust at the top by the door frame?, if so just slide the clip down. If not you can purchase a clip that holds the chest strap down to the lap portion. However, this is not recommended. I would suggest a lambswool or other soft fabric to sew around the strap where it rubs. (I have the same problem. :)
    I do have it down, I am 5'1 and even if I sit on a pillow (which is why I bought this car, because I don't need a pillow :D ) it still chokes me :(
    Oh uggg! Ok, get some of that stuff they call sheepskin, fake or real, and make a cover for your strap, you can velcro it on, it will feel soft and won't rub too bad. The other thing I have done on long trips is to scoot myself over the seat to the right as far as possible and still feel comfortable driving. :)

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    My DH has this problem and he is 5'11". It is something about where on your neck that seatbelt hits. He tried all the adjustments possible, even the sheep wooly thing, now he drives with his left hand hold out the belt a little ways from his lap which pulls it out from his neck. I'm 5'8" and it hits my neck in a bad spot toowhen I drive, but not so much when I ride on the other side.

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    I have the same problem. I spend a lot of time pulling it away from my neck. I am going to make a lambswool shield, but all that will do is make it soft, not stop the placement.

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    You can buy the sheepskin covers. I have one and it really made a difference.

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    I've made these for family and friends and they all love them. I adjusted the size to fit each person ranging from 4' 11" to 6'.

    The changes I made from this pattern were:
    1. All my front pieces were single piece fabrics in the person's favorite item, ie: animal, flower, etc.
    2. Used 1/4" foam instead of batting/wadding.
    3. Made the length (long edge) 11" to start with. The width according to person size but most started as 9".

    What everyone likes best is the extra "flap" where the velcro comes together because they can either leave it resting against shoulder/arm or flip it under for extra lift.

    Hope this is helpful :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    help keep it from rubbing on my neck?
    I have the same problem. This works for me. The gadget changes the position of the shoulder strap.

    http://www.mileskimball.com/MilesKim...tID=0000056630

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    Quote Originally Posted by redhawk
    I've made these for family and friends and they all love them. I adjusted the size to fit each person ranging from 4' 11" to 6'.

    The changes I made from this pattern were:
    1. All my front pieces were single piece fabrics in the person's favorite item, ie: animal, flower, etc.
    2. Used 1/4" foam instead of batting/wadding.
    3. Made the length (long edge) 11" to start with. The width according to person size but most started as 9".

    What everyone likes best is the extra "flap" where the velcro comes together because they can either leave it resting against shoulder/arm or flip it under for extra lift.

    Hope this is helpful :D
    Would this work to keep it off my neck? Do I need to move it down to my waiste?

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    I bought seat belt adjuster in a magazine yrs ago. Carol wright or something. The bottom part hooks. To bottom seat belt then the top strap hooks to bottom! I'll try to find it!!

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    Sheepskin covers are the ticket. I have one on my side of the car and won 't use the seatbelt without it. It does rub a little but does not make it uncomfortable.

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    I found it!!!! Go to google seat belt adjuster clip. There are many prices from 3.25 and up. That's what I have and it's great!!

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    Walmart has them!!

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    I just made me something to use on mine, as I am very short and felt like I was getting rope burned! My grandson has some little bears that wrap and velcro around his car seat straps, so I made me a grown up one out of flannel and fleece. Think mug rug and fold in three. Slides up and down seat belt to whatever position you need. Have since made one for my mom and her friend.

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    i had an old car and used a clothes pin too. then changed to a binder clip. then got my van and could lock the seat belt one inch from my chest. loved that. now have a Honda and cant' do that. but don't need the clothes pin either. the belt is adjustable on the side frame of the car, up or down, depending on one's height.
    I might suggest a firm pillow for your seat. that will raise you up a bit and might be more comfortable.
    oh yes i did make a cover for it too. velcro closing. you can buy them also.

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    Thanks everyone!

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    I have used the clip that I got at Walmart and the sheepskin thing. Both work and I like them. But my DH hates them when he is sitting in my seat and moans and complains about them being in his way. He doesn't have the problem. So since he sometimes drives my car and sometimes sits in my passenger seat, I took them off to suit him and I just keep fidgeting with the seat belt AND let him know I removed the thingys to keep him happy when he sometimes uses my car. Can you tell I am venting!??!!?

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    put them back on. it's your car. anyone who drives someone elses car has to adjust the seat belt, the mirror for backing up and the side mirrors.

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    You can buy (I'm 5'1" also) a black clip that allows you to adjust where it crosses your chest. I used to get a raw neck from them, too even when I slid it down.

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    I have the same problem, too, and am constantly pulling the belt away from my neck. I'm 5'4" While I was reading the posts here, I thought about my grandchildren's car seats. They have the little padded pieces that can be moved up and down to keep the car seat straps from rubbing them. The ones on their car seats are quilted. Hmmmm, maybe someone can make quilted ones that velcro on and they will be thicker (depending on batting) and be more comfortable with the cotton fabric. Any ideas out there on how to make them?? Could be a big seller!!

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    I made myself one and it's super, well it does the job. I used some fleece fabric and made an oblong, double layered finished about 5" by 12". With wrong sides out I sewed around the outside leaving a small section to turn it the right way out. I then sewed Velcro on each end of the 12" ends and wrapped and closed it around my seat belt, works a treat. Tip: the fabric needs to be something soft, grippy and thick to do the job, so fleece was ideal, you can put some thin batting in if you want it extra cushioned.

    The measurements are from memory but of course you can alter them according to how long you want it to be and how wide your seat belt is.

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    If you go to the dollar store they have seat belt sheepskin covers things to wrap around them and hold them secure they help me a lot, doesn't cut my neck!
    oh and you could make them, and use velcro on them

    note quiltinaddicuk, she has the right idea!!

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    I am about 5'6" and have the same problem. The seatbelt seems to slide up my boob and choke me. I am forever pulling on it. I used to have an adjuster that worked but I accidently left it in our old car when I sold it. I will have to try some of the suggestions here.

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