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precut listing material? velcro?

I have a couple questions about listing materials. I purchased some precut "headliner listing material" 1 1/2" wide. It appears to be muslin, but I am not happy with the properties of the cloth. It tears real easy and is very thin. I put poly welt cord inside, sewed it up, and when I put a hog ring through it....it shredded the fabric in all directions. Is there a better material for seat listings? Do I have a poor quality product? Did I stretch it too tight? There is no manufacturer listed on the roll.
Next question is, when is velcro an acceptable material to use for seat listings? I like the idea of velcro, instead of wire, but what are the pro's and con's. Thank You in advance. Jcar

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I try to get thin material with a Dacron base. Very strong. Sounds like you got some very bad cotton..

The manufacturers use velcro. Lasts for years.

I tend to use hog rings. Only because I've used them since the sixties.
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The pre-made listing material made for headliners does not work very well for anything else. I use pre made listings with cord sewn into them in 3 different sizes, and they are made out of Typar, the same stuff they make house wrap out of. If I need a listing to put a wire in, I just take the cord out of the pre-made listing. If I need a wider listing than 2", I make it out of Versare.

Listings have been made out of cotton material for years, and they have worked very well. I just took apart a '55 Ford, and the cotton seat listings were still fine. It sounds like you got some really bad stuff.

The only place you could use Velcro for seat listings would be around the inserts in the middle of the seat. The problem is that you need to have the Velcro mate to it's opposite side..... hook to pile or pile to hook...... and that can be a huge problem unless you know how to attach it to the seat deck or seat foam without lifting. It's easy for the original manufacturer to use Velcro, and not so easy for someone who has little experience.
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Thank You Gentleman, I appreciate the info. I will look into finding a source for the typar. JCAR
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