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Old 02-11-08, 12:32 AM   #1
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grippy stuff on hem of cycle shorts

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I have an old pair of leg warmers that don't stay up very well anymore, partly the elastic going, but they don't have that grippy silicone stuff either.
I tried a haberdashery/craft store but couldn't get any of the elastic with the grippy stuff already on it, so thought I could probably use some sort of substitute- it looks like silicone, but no idea what type.
Has anyone got something they use? What is it?
If not, any ideas out there? How would I get it to stick to the material or elastic?
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Old 02-11-08, 02:07 AM   #2
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You could spend hours looking around for materials and executing a modification or you could just buy a new pair for $15 or $20. What's your time worth these days?
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Old 02-11-08, 04:51 AM   #3
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You could spend hours looking around for materials and executing a modification or you could just buy a new pair for $15 or $20. What's your time worth these days?
Fair enough: I could probably earn about that much in the time it's taken me to do the web search, then piss about a bit having a cup of tea and a think, then post a question to this forum when I couldn't think of anything, then read your response, and finally post this reply.

Why I care is because I have an ethos of repair not replace, reduce, re-use, recycle, and I hate the consume consume consume ideals you've proposed. The leg warmers are mostly fine, and will do me for many more kms, if they would just faarkin stay up. I'm about to sew some new elastic on to them which might do the trick, but the grippy stuff would definitely help.
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Couple of ideas that might work (I'm with you on reuse & recycle, by the way): If there's a real old-fashioned fabric store near you, the kind that caters to people who really sew, take the things in and show them what you need. There's one not far from my office, and they have an amazing amount of material to fix problems I never knew existed. I wear size 15 shoes and couldn't find covers for them, and when I went to Mill End Fabrics to see if I could find something I could stitch up myself, the clerks fixed me up with the windproof material, Velcro and even sketched out a pattern for me.
How about running a couple of beads of silicone caulk around the tops of the things? It's widely available at places like Home Depot, and it's non-toxic once it's dried. That would improve the gription.
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Decorative fabric paint is kind of rubbery. Running a couple beads of it around the tops might work. Maybe try a zigzag pattern to deal with the stretch.

The problem I see with silicone is that it's slippery.
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I have no skills, interest, or time to repair such items. Instead I would take it to a seamstress \ tailor or whatever. Perhaps they would have an idea. It tends to be fairly cheap. At least around here.
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Never known a pair of leg warmers that stayed up in any case. Prefer to use Knickers- Long shorts that cover the knees for winter use - Or Tights for those foul weather days.
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Get bigger quads.
Mine never fall down.
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IF you really wanted to be a fred you could pin them to your shorts so they wouldn't fall down.
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haha. Okay that was good Paul.
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You can order the elastic with the grippy stuff on it from Seattle Fabrics. Try this: http://www.seattlefabrics.com/elastic.html. I don't post very often, so I don't know if I did that link right.
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How about some suspenders to keep them up? the Victoria's Secrets catalogue has a great range to choose from.... and don't forget to post some pics
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How about some suspenders to keep them up? the Victoria's Secrets catalogue has a great range to choose from.... and don't forget to post some pics
Uh, those would be 'garters' and 'garter belts'... .

Photos would be good, though.

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Uh, those would be 'garters' and 'garter belts'... .

Photos would be good, though.

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...yeah, that's the ones. It all comes under the heading of 'frilly knickers' in my head.
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