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    Top Quilts: Buttons versus Sewn

    Hey All,

    This is a generic question that does not seem to have been discussed here at HF (at least I cannot find a thread about it).

    The issue of choosing (or having already chosen) whether your Top Quilt has buttons or has a sewn footbox.

    I am really interested in hearing why those of you who have faced this decision made the decision that you did.

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    Personally I wouldn't use buttons for closure if I wanted an open foot box. My finger dexterity is the pits. But I haven't much thought to what I would use. I have my footboxes permanently closed because I thrash around in my sleep and my legs throw off an open quilt.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I was looking for the less expensive route, so I went with buttons. I'm glad I did because the quilt has more utility because is lays flat on the family sofa--asewn footbox would never get as much use. Since my wife uses it, she doesn't complain too much about the investment.

    I've been very happy with my Burrow, and I'm sorry to say that my Crowsnest will never get the same amount of use. In fact, we are using the Burrow now while the Crowsnest is with the Blackbird.

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    I'm debating this myself. The Dempsey quilt I have is omni-tape with a snap at the top. The snap is weak and doesn't hold, and because I move around a lot, the omni-tape gives up as well.

    I was thinking sewn footbox for my next quilt, but then I do like the ability to use it for other things...like in the living room while watching TV with a cup of coffee.

    I'd need something really easy to affix, but strong enough to hold together with my thrashing about in my sleep. Add to that, light weight and cheap.

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    Mine are all sewn and usualy pretty high as well just below the knees sorta height. I really like it like that. I find that snaps velcro etc. are really fiddley andjust something more to malfunction.
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    Foot Box

    I'd also opt for a sewn in foot box. Mine are adapted from mummy bags, so there's automatically a foot box after removing the zipper. I find the less that I have to wrestle with in the hammock, the better, and a sewn-in foot box fits that bill.

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    I opted for the drawstring and snap foot box. I like the versatility it gives me. I haven't had an issue of the snaps unsnapping.
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    I got one of each. "My" quilt has a sewn footbox, and my "fiance's" has snaps ad a draw cord. We swap them a bit, but each have our favorite. I think the sewn footbox is better for winter as it won't allow as much airflow, but I really enjoy laying it out flat when it's a bit warmer and I want to stick a leg out during the night to cool off a little.

    The sewn footbox definitely looks cleaner and has less stuff to add weight, thinkgs to snag, and complications.
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    My JRB top quilts have the drawstring cinch closure with omni tape and I have no complaints.

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    On my warm weather synthetic quilt, I have drawstring bottom, snaps on side and drawcord tie at knee level (to keep snaps snapped). Makes it easy to modify to suit to warm temps.

    On cool weather synthetic quilt, it is sewn footbox.

    Cold weather rig is Jack's omnitape and drawstring.

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