V is for Velcro


Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro.

“Swiss electrical engineer invented his one-touch fastener (velcro) after taking a walk in the woods and wondering why Burdock seeds clung to his coat and dog in 1941.  He patented it in 1955 and further developed it until its commercial introduction in the 1950’s.”   Wikipedia

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Velcro is a fastener for clothes or other items, consisting of two strips of a thin plastic strip, one covered with tiny loops and the other with tiny flexible hooks, which adhere when pressed together can be pulled apart.

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What an invention velcro is! It has revolutionized the way things are fastened.  From sneakers to picture hanging to jacket closures to purse closures to electric wire organizing its use is found in just about every area of our lives.

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Velcro is the name of the company that makes the original hook and loop product, but any hook and loop fastener is referred to as velcro.

It is available in many colors and sizes which is wonderful for those of us who sew for kids and for charity.  It has become a very popular notion.  Velcro makes it easy to attach just about anything to anything by having both sew in and stick on available.

I have only one slight objection to the use of velcro and that is with the application of velcro on children’s shoes, many kids have a delay in learning how to tie their shoes.  But, the time-saving edge it gives their moms makes it worth the delay in learning this task.

I just the other day purchased an LED light switch that I installed in my laundry room with small pieces of velcro.  The switch is also the light.  For reasons beyond my comprehension, the light switch for that room was placed on the outside wall of the room instead of on the hallway side.  It has been a lifesaver for me because now I can see when I walk into the room.  🙂

Have a good day.



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