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    I need help with Velcro!

    Hi,

    I'm trying to sew some darn velcro, but the thread keeps bunching up above my needle. Anyone have some good advice for sewing on velcro? Like needle size, what's the best thread or any other tricks? I would love to hear them.

    Micha

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    Most velcro has a flat edge on each side. This is where the sewing should be. Use any good quality polyester thread. A zipper foot will help you sew along the edges.

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    Good advice, Terry (mytwopals). That's exactly what I do.

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    I need help with Velcro

    Are you working with sticky back Velcro by chance?
    I've never done anything special when sewing Velcro except using a zig zag stitch.
    Rethread both bobbin and top thread before trying again.

    Sounds to me like something could be stopping the thread from going through the tention and the needle eye keeps rubbing against the thread, then it frays, then breaks.

    I had a little burr on the bottom of my spool of thread and "sometimes" it would get caught and snag the thread. I checked it a couple of times before I finally found it. I used my finger nail file and filed it down. Same thing with one of my metal feet. I guess the needle hit it made the burr, I filed that one down too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micha View Post
    Hi,

    I'm trying to sew some darn velcro, but the thread keeps bunching up above my needle. Anyone have some good advice for sewing on velcro? Like needle size, what's the best thread or any other tricks? I would love to hear them.

    Micha
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    When I have made doll clothes for my granddaughter, I keep lubricating my machine needle with vasoline and it really works! The needle this way slides through the fabric without getting stuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maryel View Post
    When I have made doll clothes for my granddaughter, I keep lubricating my machine needle with vasoline and it really works! The needle this way slides through the fabric without getting stuck.
    Good tip! I find sewing on the tiny pieces of velcro on doll clothes to be an adventure. It got so I am now gluing them down with a dab of non-washable glue. They seem to hold well.

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    I had one machine that was picky sewing on the hook side and ended up just putting paper on top to protect the thread and tearing it off when done.

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    Thanks for posting and all the tips, great subject. I have been sewing the velcro on the doll clothers by hand as I never could figure out how to use the machine. Now that I can no longer use my index finger (arthritis) it makes it hard to hand sew. I have to re-learn some sewing by machine.

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    If I need to sew velcro, I use my featherweight. It does the job!

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    Excellent Topic and Tips!!!! I have encountered the velcro problem myself, several times. I will be giving these tips a try the next time I have to sew on velcro. Thanks for sharing.
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    Ah, Velcro...great invention but hard to work with!! And if you EVER get a long strip (pair) it takes forever to pull it apart. LOL

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    I use a denim needle-they tend to be larger, and the smaller the needle, the more problems I have with velcro. Also, polyester thread is a must. And, as someone else said, if you have to sew across the velcro, especially the hook side, cover it with something. I use kleenex, or coffee fliters, or whatever thin, tearable stuff I've got scraps of handy.
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    Using the zipper foot really does help a lot.

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    I was sewing sticky velcro and had the same problem with the thread sticking to the needle above the sewing. i used Dawn dish liquid to clean the needle. I sewed the rest of the sticky velcro on by hand.
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    Thanks I needed this tip too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsBoats View Post
    I use a denim needle-they tend to be larger, and the smaller the needle, the more problems I have with velcro. Also, polyester thread is a must. And, as someone else said, if you have to sew across the velcro, especially the hook side, cover it with something. I use kleenex, or coffee fliters, or whatever thin, tearable stuff I've got scraps of handy.
    This is what I do too. The larger needle helps a lot-usually use at least a 14, sometimes 16 (denim).

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    I use nylon invisible thread. Its tough and USUALLY doesn't break.

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    Never use the sticky.Get the sew on only......
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    velcro is really thick so you need to increase the pressure on your presser foot....it is usually done with a little spring loaded button on top of the case right above the needle bar... push the center of the button down and the pressure will increase, causing it to 'hold' the velcro tighter...edge stitching with the zipper foot is a great idea as well...i would use the combo....

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    i had trouble with the sticky back velcro,so now I buy the plain velcro and lay some kitchen wax paper over the velcro when I sew it.

    d.swindle

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    Guess I should have asked this question months ago! I too used the sticky velcro and threw away quite a few needles in the process! Thanks for bringing up the subject!

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    Have you tried the soft velcro? It is more like felt and sewing through it is a breeze!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lois-nounoe View Post
    Have you tried the soft velcro? It is more like felt and sewing through it is a breeze!
    I wish I knew about this a few months back!!!What a pain!!!

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    I have just used some invisible nylon thread in bobbin and top on diaper bags and had no trouble, just used regular needle that I sewed the bag with

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    Well, I got all my velcro sewn down. I used a size 14 needle, a short straight stitch and stuck close to the edge of the velcro. It worked! And I'm happy with the results. One thing I did notice was helpful was when sewing down the 'hook' side, I tried to sew in the small space between the hooks. This way my thread was less likely to get tangled. Thanks for all the great tips.

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