Application Guidelines for VELCRO® Brand Fasteners
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Application Guidelines for VELCRO® Brand Fasteners

VELCRO® Brand hook and loop tape can be sewn to fabrics. It can be glued to a substrate (surface) using pressure-sensitive or solvent activated backings. It can be welded to itself or another fabric or even RF-sealed or applied using heat-activation. The best choice depends on the application and your requirements.

Adhesives

Choosing the right adhesive depends on your product requirements and manufacturing processes. Velcro Industries offers more than 50 years of expertise in adhesive formulation and application. For an overview of VELCRO® Brand adhesives for manufacturing, download our Adhesive Guide or talk to one of our experts.

Attaching Fabric-Based Tapes

These are general guidelines for ensuring that your VELCRO® Brand fabric-based products perform as expected. Talk with an expert to review your specific requirements for large-scale manufacturing environments. 

Sew On

VELCRO® Brand sew-on fasteners can be used instead of buttons, snaps, or zippers and are washable by machine or dry cleaning.

Application instructions:

  1. Cut tape to desired width and length.
  2. Machine- or hand-sew around edges and backstitch to secure.

Note: For best results, use hook fastener on side of garment that faces away from the skin. Fastener can be washed or dry cleaned. If possible, close fastener when laundering to minimize lint and thread build-up on fastener.

Soft Sew On Fasteners

VELCRO® Brand Soft & Flexible sew-on fasteners reduce bulk and add comfort for lightweight fabrics and garments such as infant clothing. They can be machine washed or dry cleaned.

Application instructions:

  1. Cut tape to desired width and length.
  2. Machine- or hand-sew around edges and backstitch to secure.

Note: For best results, use hook fastener on side of garment that faces away from the skin. Fastener can be washed or dry cleaned. If possible, close fastener when laundering to minimize lint and thread build-up on fastener.

Sew On and Sticky Back

VELCRO® Brand combination sew-on loop and adhesive-backed hook tape is perfect for attaching fabric to non-fabric surfaces.

Application instructions:

  1. Cut tapes to desired length.
  2. Machine- or hand-sew loop tape around edges of fabric and backstitch to secure.
  3. Peel film backing from hook tape and press firmly on clean, dry surface.
  4. Wait one hour for adhesive to set.
Note: The adhesive backed hook tape is not recommended for use on fabrics, dashboards, flexible vinyl, underwater use or machine sewing. Moving fastener from original location will weaken sticking power and may mark painted surfaces. Continued exposure to direct sunlight can damage fastener.