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Old December 8th 04, 11:42 PM
Kay Lancaster
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I just can't see an extra wide one staying up. The original poster is
talking about at least 64 inches wide and preferably 96 inches wide.
Add the weight of a quality decorating fabric and your average no sew
velcro is just not likely to hold up. I've never had good luck with
the sticky back velcro.


A 1" square of velcro, epoxied to a brick, and the other half epoxied
to a wall, will hold the brick.

You certainly wouldn't have to use sticky-back velcro... half could be
epoxied or stapled to a piece of wood that was attached to the wall with
screws or nails at the studs, etc. Still, 96" wide roman shades are going
to be heavy to adjust.

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Old December 9th 04, 06:56 AM
Elizabeth Young
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Kay Lancaster wrote:
A 1" square of velcro, epoxied to a brick, and the other half epoxied
to a wall, will hold the brick.


Oh yeah!
Epoxy
That's my kind of thinking.

liz young
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Old December 9th 04, 11:42 PM
Kay Lancaster
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On Thu, 09 Dec 2004 05:56:46 GMT, Elizabeth Young wrote:
Kay Lancaster wrote:
A 1" square of velcro, epoxied to a brick, and the other half epoxied
to a wall, will hold the brick.


Oh yeah!
Epoxy


g

Well, because I'm a cheapatarian, I'd probably skip the velcro and
cover a mounting board with a piece of fabric that had a flap to which
I could sew the top of the actual blind. Sew the blind to the flap with
a couple rows of straight stitches, 6 spi or so, so it's easy to rip
out if you need to take the blind down for washing or such, and
then screw the mounting board to the window area, with the screws hidden.
Then you can take everything down easily, leaving nothing more than a few
screw holes to fill when you decide to do something else entirely.

Kay

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Old December 10th 04, 01:31 AM
Mike Behrent
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The January issue of Sew News has a good detailed article about making roman
shades. It's worth reading and shows a solid mounting arrangement as well as
construction.
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On Thu, 09 Dec 2004 05:56:46 GMT, Elizabeth Young

wrote:
Kay Lancaster wrote:
A 1" square of velcro, epoxied to a brick, and the other half epoxied
to a wall, will hold the brick.


Oh yeah!
Epoxy


g

Well, because I'm a cheapatarian, I'd probably skip the velcro and
cover a mounting board with a piece of fabric that had a flap to which
I could sew the top of the actual blind. Sew the blind to the flap with
a couple rows of straight stitches, 6 spi or so, so it's easy to rip
out if you need to take the blind down for washing or such, and
then screw the mounting board to the window area, with the screws hidden.
Then you can take everything down easily, leaving nothing more than a few
screw holes to fill when you decide to do something else entirely.

Kay



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Old December 11th 04, 08:17 AM
Cynthia Spilsted
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"Elizabeth Young" wrote in message
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Kay Lancaster wrote:
A 1" square of velcro, epoxied to a brick, and the other half epoxied
to a wall, will hold the brick.


Oh yeah!
Epoxy
That's my kind of thinking.

liz young


I never use the sticky-back Velcro for anything - ever. If I want it glued,
I use the glue of my choice - otherwise I sew it. In the case of Roman
shades, I sew to the blind side and then glue and staple the other side to
my header board. As posted previously, I have not had the fastening method
fail yet. Pull cords fail and need replacing and eventually the blind
itself gets worn out, but the Velcro still works!
Cynthia


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Old December 13th 04, 05:03 AM
Debra
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On Wed, 08 Dec 2004 18:16:17 +0000, Kate Dicey
wrote:

Mike Behrent wrote:
The adhesive velcro is junk. You can't even sew it later without making a
mess of the needle and breaking thread. It's better to use something like
glu-pins and regular velcro so once it's ste a bit you can sew it down.
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I've never found it to be junk, but then I've only ever used the real
stuff rather than cheap imitations. It works very well for suitable
applications. It comes in several types: sew-in both sides, sew in
fuzzy/stick-on hooks and the reverse, and sticky both sides.

You need to ensure that the surface to be stuck is really clean and
grease free. You also need to press it down really well on the
receiving surface. And it doesn't stick well in damp conditions.

I think mine staying put for 14+ years is fairly reasonable. It wasn't
the Velcro that made me change my mind about Roman blinds, it was the
cords wearing out every year or so.


Kate, I think I've found the reason the sticky back velcro didn't work
for me, but did for you. I too have only used the Velcro brand, on
several projects, but I live in Virginia in the south eastern USA. We
have a humid climate, especially during the summer. The only way the
sticky back glue would hold up here is if it were used in an area
totally climate controlled. I've considered the sticky back Velcro to
be junk for years because of my own experiences with it. I had no
idea it could be the fault of the climate rather than the product's
glue.
Debra in VA
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Old December 13th 04, 10:31 AM
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Debra wrote:

Kate, I think I've found the reason the sticky back velcro didn't work
for me, but did for you. I too have only used the Velcro brand, on
several projects, but I live in Virginia in the south eastern USA. We
have a humid climate, especially during the summer. The only way the
sticky back glue would hold up here is if it were used in an area
totally climate controlled. I've considered the sticky back Velcro to
be junk for years because of my own experiences with it. I had no
idea it could be the fault of the climate rather than the product's
glue.
Debra in VA


It can be pretty damp here in the UK as well, and the bit that failed
first was the bit right above the fan light that spent time open in all
weathers and ALL summer, rain or shine. However, I don't think it's as
humid here all year round as where you are.

In high sun areas I have known it dry out and fail also. Again, it took
several years.
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