Velcro may not be fashionable and glamorous to look at, but they are strong, inexpensive and generally easy to open and close for most people. It has been an important part of fashion, a hard struggle is experienced on sewing a velcro because of its tough fabric.
Velcros are hook and loop fasteners, they are the most convenient way to close a piece of clothing. Velcro are not just used for clothes but also for bags and purses. When you are unsure of what you are doing, it is frustrating and disappointing, here are the ways and tips to sew to avoid those feelings and to easily sew your Velcro.
Line up the velcro properly. How to do this? The velcro has two sides to attach to, the prickly side and the soft side. Have one of each side to the opposing side of the garment, to make sure the Velcro will close as you want it to. This will help the Velcro pin down and to ensure the best fit. Leave the pins in place until you are about to sew.
When sewing on the hook side, try to sew between the rows of hooks. The thread is less likely to break if you sew between the rows of hooks. The prickly side is the side where the teeth are placed, the soft side is the loop where the side is soft and fuzzy.
Line up the velcro, then use a fabric marker or a chalk to draw brackets around both of the corners; may be at the top or at the bottom, or even the four corners. Hold the velcro as you are sewing along the guide brackets to keep the piece straight.
Sew the velcro to the garment by using an increased tension to medium or heavy weight tension with a heavier gauge needle instead of using the regular tension available on the sewing machine. Why are a heavier weight tension and heavier gauge needle needed? Simply because the Velcro is a heavier material to sew through, using a lesser weight tension and gauge needle can break the needle. The presser foot is a big help and works best with the hook and loop closure of Velcro.
If you the sewing machine does not have a special foot presser for hook and loop closures option, use the zipper foot. Move the needle either left or right and carefully sew on the part of the velcro where there are no hooks and loops.
Velcro sewn by hand is proved to be easier.
Use a thread that will match up the velcro you are using! The reason for this is to hide the thread because contrast threads make imperfection highly visible.
Velcro is tough to work with, apply some lubricant on the gauge needle you are using. Beeswax is preferred by most of the people. There are Velcros that has an adhesive back, do not use this kind of Velcro for it will gum up the needle you are using and can make the sewing even harder.