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Varieties of Hook and Loop Fasteners

Posted: 7/16/2018

By: Collin Barnwell

Since its introduction over 70 years ago, by Swiss engineer George de Mestral, the iconic hook and loop touch fastener has not changed much but there have been advancements and improvements made since the original product was developed.

Varieties of Hook and Loop Fasteners

When discussing hook and loop fasteners, there are two varieties to consider:

  1. Sew-On - relies on a sewist to adhere the hook and loop onto a piece of sewable material using the selvage of the product. Typically found in bags, luggage, and canvas.
  2. Pressure Sensitive - sold with a paper backing used to protect the adhesive, adhesive backed hook and loop is used commonly to adhere items to vinyl or glass substrates.

Sew-On Hook and Loop Fasteners

Sew-on hook and loop touch fasteners are widely used in numerous applications; ranging from outdoor products to orthopedic bracing. Sew-on hook and loop is available in a few different styles: molded, mushroom, and python hook; including napped and unnapped loop. DirecTex stocks molded sew-on hook and loop in black and white color and widths of 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 1-inch, 1.5-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch, and 4-inch. We also stock military colors of Beige, Foliage Green, Navy, OD Green, and Special Brown. Mushroom and python hook, napped and unnapped loop available by request.

View our selection of sew-on molded hook and loop

View our selection of military colored molded sew-on hook and loop

Does your product require ‘berry compliant’ hook and loop fasteners? We can supply you!

Pressure Sensitive Hook and Loop Fasteners

Pressure sensitive hook and loop, also known as ‘sticky-back’ or ‘adhesive-backed’, is used in applications where sewing is not possible - usually on wood, vinyl, glass, or plastic substrates. Pressure sensitive hook and loop is available in two adhesive styles; rubber or acrylic based. DirecTex stocks rubber-based adhesive backed hook and loop in black and white color and widths of 5/8-inch, 3/4-inch, 1-inch, 1.5-inch, and 2-inch.

View our selection of rubber-based pressure sensitive hook and loop

Does your product require ‘coin’ hook and loop? We can supply you!

Special Requests

In addition to our stocked selection, DirecTex also has various outlets for supplying python hook, mushroom hook, napped and unnapped loop, double-sided hook and loop tape, and more. If you are still looking for more information about hook and loop fasteners we have available; call our dedicated Customer Service team and we will be glad to answer your questions: (888) 711-3297 or email us customerservice@directex.net.

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