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« on: March 21, 2010, 07:56 AM »

I have a few kites where the velcro is no longer holding together at the tail.  I don't have a sewing machine so I'm looking for ideas of keep it together besides tape.  Any thoughts?  Thanks. 
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010, 08:26 AM »

Lots of folks in your area who do build kites, hopefully somebody will pop in and offer some help. Replacing the velcro is a pretty easy job.

Otherwise you could do it by hand, buy a seam ripper, some large needles, heavy thread, and some of the self adhesive velcro (you don't want self adhesive for use with a sewing machine though, and you do want brand name Velcro, regular or heavy duty, light duty or other brands use melted hooks and are not as secure) Remove the old velcro using the seam ripper, stick on the new velcro and do a little hand stitching around the edge, you'll need a thimble too.

But really, ask around, somebody up there could do this in a flash, Goodwin's doesn't do any repair?

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2010, 09:28 AM »

I bet Reggie could help you out.
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2010, 10:17 AM »

The two "kinds" of Velcro wear out completely differently, so you only ever have to replace one of them, which sometimes makes the job easier, depending on how the hold-down is made.

Traditional Velcro (not the newer-fangled "no-snag" stuff) is made of "hooks" and "loops". The "hooks" are made of pretty strong and aggressive plastic, and tend to last a long time. The "loops" are more like a fuzzy fabric, and repeated attack by the hooks slowly tears the loops open (from an inverted "U" to an inverted "T" or "I"), so they won't hold onto the hooks any more. (The hooks will probably still snag on your jacket or a bunch of other places you DON'T want it to snag!)

Another little trick is that WalMart and others sell stuff called Industrial Strength Velcro, which probably lasts longer. Probably a bit heavier, too. Velcro also makes a branded adhesive in a tube, that may (or not) be better than other fabric glues for no-sew applications.

I'd be surprised if the peel-and-stick adhesive on that kind of Velcro worked well on a kite. But if the strap has hooks on one side and loops on the other, then sandwiching two strips, glue-to-glue, should hold like crazy. You've still got to attach it to the kite, but you've got two glued surfaces to grab the old strip. Slap it onto the cut-off stub of the old strip, then throw a little loop or a "stitch" (of scrap Spectra?) through the full thickness, and away you go!
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2010, 12:13 PM »

Replacing the Velcro is really the way to go.  But in the mean time you might try trimming the "fuzz" a little.  Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim off the longer fuzz to let the short and better shape loops under it come through better.  It is only a temporary fix, but it does work for a while until you can replace the whole Velcro patch.

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2010, 10:24 PM »

Good tips.  Thanks
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