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redwitch
« on: February 15, 2007 08:29:20 PM »

Hi all. I'm from the knitter's forum and thought this would be the best place to ask about Velcro. If not, please let me know!
I'm making one of these ipod-holding books (seriously worth checking out!):http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=131841.0 (scroll down to end of first post).

I'm closing it with velcro, I used a strip that was too long in an attempt to make it more secure (can't have ipod falling out!). It's about 2 cm x 9 - a strip ( almost 1 inch x 3.5 inches). It is too sticky. The book requires a lot of force to open the cover. Worst of all, exerting force by pulling on the right vertical edge of the cover is bending it!
Is there a way to make it less sticky? I don't want to cut the strip smaller, it is in a hole carved to size for it.
Here's what I'm considering - putting some bits of white fluff into the hook half of the Velcro (because the strips are white).

-shaving the fluffy loop part a bit? Will this work? Or very carefully cutting off a single hook here and there? I have scissors small enough to do this.

-making the hole for one strip deeper, so only the most protruding hooks and loops touch each other. Drastic last resort.

Has anyone ever had to do anything like this, or do you have a suggestion/advice?

Thanks
Sarah
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2007 10:03:55 PM »

i don't think i have ever run across this problem before...i would trim it randomly and carefully. check it every so often to make sure that you haven't killed it completely (which is what i would do)

let me know what happens!!!
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2007 02:42:38 AM »

Thank you! Hmmm... not so much a problem as a screw-up. Your suggestion does sound like the best idea. I can always replace the velcro and start over... fingers crossed.
Thanks again.
Sarah
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2007 07:10:37 AM »

Id try the fluff idea .. my purse has a velcro closure, and since there is constantly string and fabric taking over my entire house .. it often makes its way into the closure .. and it becomes much less sticky and i have to carefully try and get as much of it out as i can then its sticky again... if the other idea dosnt work ... its worth a try
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2007 03:57:23 PM »

I've never experienced this before. what kind of velcro did you get? did you get industrial velcro by mistake? if the case is bending you may also need some kind of interfacing or support on it. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2007 08:05:33 PM »

Walmart caries a lighter form of hook and loop. I'm picking some up tomorrow for a project. It's simply lighter, more pliable and doesn't 'lock' so strongly.

That should work if you are willing to remove that and start over. The color variations were better too.

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2007 04:43:18 PM »

Thanks heaps for your advice. I did end up cutting of a lot of the little hooks. I'm in NZ so no access to Walmart! It was just standard velcro strips from the sewing section of the craft shop. I just used a strip that was a bit too long for the weak join I wanted, I guess. The case is carved out of a book as per the link, it was the front cover of the book I was worried about.
Thanks everyone, it worked quite well.
Sarah
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