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« on: October 04, 2005 07:53:51 AM »

How in the heck do you sew through it?

I purchased the stick on thinking it would hold on fabric, NOT Embarrassed Anyhoo, I attempted to sew it into place only to become frustrated by the thread breaking at the needle and the needle becoming sticky.

WHAT AM I MISSING HERE? I am an experienced sewer who never used it and I purchased it by the yard, so instructs were not available.
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2005 08:06:29 AM »

I am not a very experienced sewer, but I have used sticky velcro and sew-on velcro... from what I know, they are not the same thing!  I can't find it at the moment, but I am almost positive my package of sticky velcro says not to try to sew it on...

in more positive news for you, I did have success adhering the sticky kind to some wool felt... you do have to let it "set up" for 24  hours before you try to use it.. maybe if you weight the velcro down during this waiting period, it might help?  What kind of fabric are  you trying to use it on?
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2005 08:18:51 AM »

the fabric is in the canvas family. I purchased so much of this kind. I guess it doesnt work for all fabric, next time I will get the sew on Sad
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2005 08:21:51 AM »

try waxing your thread - if you don't have beeswax, use a candle. It should help with the stickyness.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2005 08:24:02 AM »

Or lubricating the needle may help, too. I believe there is a silicone product that you can get at JoAnns for that purpose.
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2005 08:26:43 AM »

oh, those are good ideas!

granted, when i used the sticky kind on felt, it was for light-duty velcroing.. but it still stuck on really well.  sorry you're having such trouble!!  If you're using it for something that's going to be used really heavily, I'd probably get some sew-on.. otherwise, try giving it 24 hours under a weight before you run back to the store.  Maybe it'll surprise you?  That's what I had to do with the felt.
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« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2005 08:37:12 AM »

next time, be sure to buy sewing velcro. the sticky kind isn't good for your machine, or needle, as i'm sure you have noticed!  Smiley

sew-on velcro won't put up such a fuss.
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« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2005 08:49:25 AM »

I've sewed the sticky kind on by hand before.  I ended up sticky and had a sticky needle when I was done, but overall it worked.  I don't think trying to sew it on with you machine is a good idea, I had the same results you did with the thread breaking and sticky needle.  Maybe it would help to put some goo gone on your needle?
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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2005 06:09:35 AM »

THANKS GUYS for all your gread advice. I will put the sticky up in inventory and make another small investiment in the sewon. Smiley
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