Velcro/Hook and Loop Tape
I’ve recently constructed a coat for my dog. It’s made out of poly sherpa (fuzzy on one side and suede on the other). My problem is that my machine won’t sew the velcro 🙁 The problems are many, however, machine unthreads, thread gets caught in the hook side, needle won’t go through the tape, and on and on! The velcro will be used on the under side of the coat to hold it onto her. Could I use “Fabritac” or another glue of some kind? I’m stumped, and winter is on it’s way in Idaho. Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks for your time.
Velcro/hook and loop tape
Using glue is not the answer, it will not hold the tape on permanently. Your solution will probably be to hand-sew the tape onto the dog coat; you will need a thimble and strong (maybe linen, upholstery) thread. You may also need a sharp point to punch holes in the tape's edges if your hand sewing needle isn't sharp enough to penetrate the tape. If you don't have a suitable hand-sewing needle, you can buy a packaged selection of heavier needles, one of which (the curved one?) will do the job.
Another solution may be to use ties to hold the coat together, but that would depend on the style of the coat.
I agree that hand-sewing might be the easier way to go in this case, but you can also try a much heavier needle--a size 16, 18, or a jeans needle--and possibly a zigzag stitch to attach the velcro on a fleece item.
Another possiblity is to use a large hook and eye or skirt fastener rather than the velcro. Velcro is great for variable fastenings, but if the same animal or human uses the garment, a classic hook and eye or button is more secure and works much better!
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