hot glue tabs? no sew curtain help!!1

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  1. aubrey3699

    aubrey3699 New Member

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    I am new on here, have been "lurking" for a few weeks. we bought our first popup, a 1996 starcraft spaceflyer last week and are going to take it out on the maiden voyage April 30th for my daughters bday.
    well, my question is really about curtains- i know there is a lot on here about curtains, and i think i have read most of it.
    i took down the old baby blue curtains in the camper, most had a little mildew and were faded. bought new panels to put up. well the panels go on the track and i was going to use the airstream carrier style tabs i got online (not completely plastic, have an elastic/webbing type bottom to be easily sewn on). my question is this-
    i am not very good at sewing, it takes me FOREVER to sew a straight line, and i have two small children as well as work full time. so, i am looking for a way to finish these curtains quickly.
    i have already cut the curtains and the valance fabric (the valance all around the top has velcro already attached to the ceiling).
    i bought some of the industrial strength velcro (adhesive type). am now thinking of using iron on hem for the hems of the panels as well as the valances and hot gluing the tabs to the panel tops, as the valance covers these anyway. has anyone done this or any suggestions for other quick, no sew options?
    also, question on the valances, has anyone used the industrial strength, adhesive velcro on these to attach to the ceiling? the velcro is already there from the old valances and i was going to use that. am trying to avoid sewing for times sake, but don't want to take short cuts that will not work or hold up! thanks for any ideas.
    ps, have already done one modification that i LOVE. used indoor/outdoor fabric and wrapped around my cushions on dinette, then used ind strength velcro to attach to vinyl on back of cushions. in less than an hour i had removeable cushion covers for about $30!
    hopefully this ind strenght velcro will hold up after being in the heat,etc in the popup.
    aubrey
     
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    mkd0907 Osceola, PA

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    Welcome to the Portal.

    I don't really have answers to your questions, but I am sure someone will chime in soon who does. I see no reason the hot glue solution wouldn't work; however, I have never really messed with the PUP curtains as they were (and still are) in great condition when we got our N2U PUP.

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  3. rcjsmom

    rcjsmom New Member

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    I'm curious about the adhesive on the industrial velcro too. I had something Velcro'd in place in my minivan. The sun melted the adhesive and it ran down the dash. Hope yours has better hold! But I've been hesitant to put it in the PUP for that reason.

    Do you have an electric sewing machine? All that gluing sounds like it would leave unsightly globs that will peel off the fabric. I would understand the hesitation if you're hand-sewing, but I'd be looking for a machine to borrow. That will give you the cleanest and longest lasting look, IMO.

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  4. aubrey3699

    aubrey3699 New Member

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    well, i do have access to an electric sewing machine, BUT i am very slow at sewing anything, and don't really have the patience for sewing to be honest. i have tried on several different projects, and normally i would get my mother to sew them for me, but she just had surgery on her shoulder and can't right now. she can supervise me on her machine, but that is hard with my two small (4 yr old and 1 yr old) children running around. hmmm... maybe the adhesive velcro is not such a good idea. but i had hoped that since the adhesive is not in direct sunlight like on a windshield, that the melting, etc would not be a problem. i do have some sew on hook and loop velcro that i guess i could force myself to do. i need to put it on 416" worth of valances to run around the top of the camper, and that will take me hours i am sure. i guess i was just hoping for an easy fix without having to use the sewing machine.
    has anyone used the iron on hem/bonding web type stuff with success though? i don't think there are melting/"Glob" issues with this stuff is there? i plan on using that for my hems since i have to shorten the panels for the curtains and make a hem on the bottom of the valances. ideas? comments? have not used this stuff before, but have used an iron with more success than a sewing machine.<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"> thanks.
    aubrey
     
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    LooziAnna New Member

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    They also make iron-on velcro. I used some just last week on my curtain tie-backs (took off all the buttons and replaced w/ velcro). It holds much better than the stick-on adhesive kind. Good luck with your project!

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    hey........i can sew but like you, i rather not.........what i have done in the past and i just picked some more up is use this stuff you can find in walmart in the sewing area.......it is called heat and bond or something like that.........basically what you do is get your fabric cut for your cushion ( allow extra) and then you turn the fabric you want showing is on the inside and the backside is showing on both sides..........you then cut a strip of this heat and bond stuff ( it comes in various widths) the length of your fabric and then you lift up the top layer and put it in between the two layers........lower the top fabric onto the heat and bond strip and then you iron it and i let it sit a few sec or so and go over it several times to make sure the adhesive has melted........you then do the other 2 sides and let cool........then you turn the cover right side out and slide your cushion inside and then the last side you can close however you want ( you can use snaps or zipper if you want to be able to wash them or use more of the heat and bond if you don't care about removing the covers).......

    i am about to do it in the next few weeks and if i think of it i will send pics.......but i just bought some of the heat and bond and it is $2 for 10 yds or adhesive........

    i don't plan to wash my covers and i also plan to bring in my curtains and cushions in between trips so they won't be mildewed,etc)
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    We put instrustial velco behind the cushions for our dinnette. I was tired of the back cushions always falling down. Sewed the loop side of the velcro to the cushion cover (no adhesive type) and put the adhesive type on the wood where the cushions press against. I can report that the adhesive has not run in the 2 years since we did this.

    A car would generate a lot more heat in the sun than a camper would, due I think to all the glass windows.
     
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    Another idea is to go ahead and use the adhesive velcro, and then just sew a few stitches or tack it every 12-18"for extra strength. You could do this with a sewing machine and just run a few stitches forward and reverse, clip threads, and slide down another 18" and repeat. No need to be concerned about a straight line.

    I once tried the adhesive velcro on my son's bedroom valances, and they fell off after a week or two. They were a little longer valances than popups, but much shorter in width. I also suspect high humidity played a part as well. And I was using an adhesive on both sides.

    If you are doing a ruffled top and are placing the adhesive on the ruffled portion, the adhesive may have even less "stick" than on a straight fabric surface.

    Let us know how it all works out!

    I'm getting ready to do my valances myself - not looking forward to ruffling 30' of valance. And my 2yr DD will be a tremendous help for sure!
     
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    [:O]Let me amend my former idea.... I think a sewing needle may get stuck up on the adhesive velcro side. So not a good idea of mine..... You could still tack manually with needle and thread. Or if you are brave enough you may be able to lightly staple into the roof. I read where some roofs have a wood frame that the valance track/velcro is attached.
     
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    Hi There! I am at this crossroad now. I ripped down the old / gross/ugly / mildewy smelly valance from my NTU pop up. It was stapled to the pop up. I do NOT want to staple the new one. I was thinking hot glue gun or velcro....so I would appreciate your experience results! Thanks!!
     
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    Sjm9911 Well-Known Member

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    Hot glue will not stick to abs plastic. So it depends on what your camper is made of.
     

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