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:
- 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.
- 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 the loop is available in a few different styles: molded, mushroom, and python hook; including napped and unnapped loop. DirectX 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.