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Warm Windows with adhesive magnetic tape
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Date: 12/5/12 2:54 PM

Last winter, I made Warm Window shades for the cold, shady North side of my house.

I could not keep the tape reliably stuck (even after adding a layer of leather tape), and the instant there was a little sliver of light, there were cats trying to get into the window. By spring, they were weighted and bottom foot was reinforced with duct tape (we already screwed steel around the corners of the moulding for the magnets to stick to).

I tried sewing the tape on, and it has not gone well. But I was thinking about it, and wondering whether I could heat up the adhesive/tape enough to get it to bond with the canvas back of the Warm Window stuff.

Anyone have any wisdom about it to share?

ETA- How about Aileen's Platinum Bond?

And finally, any idea how to get the cats off of these? I've had one out of the sewing room to rip out the stitches for like 20 minutes, and two cats have already snuggled in!
-- Edited on 12/5/12 3:03 PM --

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Date: 12/6/12 9:41 AM

Maybe sew a little strip of fabric (forming a pocket) on the edge and slide the magnet in there? Kind of like how quilt backs have the rod pocket?

If you can find some of the vinyl carpet protector with little "thorns" on the underside, you can cut little pieces of that and lay it pointy-side up. Cats supposedly hate walking on it. Other things that cats supposedly don't like walking on is aluminum foil and sticky tape.

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Date: 12/6/12 3:33 PM

The magnets aren't strong enough to stick through fabric, I tried that when I first made them.

I was mostly joking about the cats. The little guy that immediately snuggled in to it never sleeps on the couch- he sleeps on me or another cat, so it was kind of a faux outrage moment about it.

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Date: 12/6/12 6:20 PM

I'm not familiar with this product/project, but from your post it sounds like there's a sort of magnetized tape along the edges of a curtain to keep it snug to the frame of a window, and you're having trouble getting the tape to stick to the fabric. Yes? No? Maybe?

My first thought is replacing the magnets with Velcro--you can use sew-on Velcro on the curtains, and adhesive-backed Velcro on the steel strips you installed. If you're not constantly pulling the shades off the windows, the Velcro should stay put. They make a heavy-duty Velcro (both sew in and with an extra-strength adhesive), and it is a BEAR to pull apart. I've used it in some surprising applications with really good results. (I think they also make a fusible variety--which would let you use your iron! )
-- Edited on 12/6/12 6:21 PM --

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Date: 12/7/12 4:09 PM

The Warm Windows is a premade window quilt with canvas, a layer of batting with a film, a layer of Mylar, and another layer of batting, sewn to the "decorative" fabric. If you don't seal it to the windows, it makes the room colder.

That's where the magnetic tape comes in, to seal it to the window frames. Sewing with this has not gone well- the larger window is 65x72, and because of the films, you really can't pin the layers together (or iron it with a super hot iron). When I tried sewing on the tape, the front fabric shifted and I ended up with a huge mess.

I decided to try ironing the tape, on the lowest setting with a press cloth, just enough to melt the adhesive into the fabric. It seems to be attached well for now, so we'll see how it goes.

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Date: 12/7/12 5:06 PM

I think you'll be OK. The couple of times I've accidently hit adhesive tape with my iron, it's never come off... which is what you're TRYING to do. So this may work perfectly for you! LOL

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Date: 12/8/12 8:41 AM

just in case the tape lets go again, what about a big hand zig-zag stitch over the tape? I'm talking taking stitches 1/2-1" apart, just catching the fabric.

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Date: 12/11/12 9:24 PM

I've made a few of these. Following the directions they have you install the magnetic strip inside the fold of the shade. It seemed to stick just fine. Did you get the correct magnetic strips?
The last few I have made (I have one in process now for the deck slider) I have not bothered with the magnetic strips as all. I did not like sticking them on my window frames and found that it just looks neater all around. I make the shade a bit wider than needed and then you can just tuck it into the window frame and it stays where you put it. I love those things. The one I'm making for the slider will be an outside mount however so a little different than the ones for my other windows.
The Warm Window fabric was half priced a couple months ago and I bought enough to do my entire house of windows! LOL

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Date: 12/11/12 9:27 PM

Meant to add...have you tried a hot glue gun if you are just sticking it to the outside?
Gotta love those kitties...can you stick a mothball in the bottom sleeve where the weight goes? Or try some of that 'Cats Off' spray.

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