I have a synthetic fill (Climashield Apex) top quilt from Mountain Laurel Design. It's 40-degree rated. My summer quilt. The bottom 2' or so of the footbox is held together with velcro and a plastic button at the top and bottom. That's fine if i want it together. If i want to completely open it up on a hot night then the velcro is exposed, which can grab at the hammock material, socks if i have them on, etc. I hate it. I'd like to get rid of the velcro and probably sew some lightweight ribbon material in the same spot and put more plastic buttons along it's length....or maybe put a 2' zipper in its place.
Can I carefully remove all the stitches holding the velcro on, or will that leave too many exposed holes in the nylon from the original stitches that will allow future damage to the material? I would probably sew ribbon in the same area, but of course the stitches won't be in the same holes...and i'll be adding more holes with the new stitches. I don't know how much abuse the lightweight nylon can take.
Or am i stuck with the velcro and simply need to buy a new quilt without the velcro?
Thank you for any feedback.