Not all sewing projects have to be about sewing. Did you know there are other ways to fuse fabrics together without using a needle and thread? Continue reading to learn the top four ways to join fabric without sewing, and what recourse to take if your project doesn’t turn out quite the way you expected it to.
Your Non-Sewing Options for Fusing Fabric
You don’t need a needle and thread to bind fabrics. There are alternative options for fabric fusing projects. In fact, the top four methods of joining fabric without sewing with a needle and thread include fusible web, fusible tape, fusible adhesive, and fabric glue.
You can purchase fusible web by the yard or in sheets at your local fabrics or craft store. They come in several different options, ranging in size and weight, and therefore price. Fusible web by the yard allows you to customize the width of your pieces, while fusible sheets allow you to cut larger shapes to join larger pieces of fabric like appliqués. Fusible webbing is also commonly used to repair large tears in clothing and upholstery.
Fusible tape is very similar to fusible webbing, so they are often confused for one another. However, fusible tape comes in rolls, similar to the Scotch tape you would see on your office desk. To use fusible tape, it must be heated by an iron and pressed against fabric for permanent adherence. Due to its efficient and customizable size, fusible tape is commonly used to repair small rips in fabrics or to hold fabrics in one place. Fusible tape is also used to hold hems in place, tape loose blouse edges down, and similar clothing alterations.
Fusible adhesive is similar to fusible tape except that it is two-sided. One side is backed by paper, and is the side that will be pressed with an iron, while the other side is the adhesive. This is the perfect tool to use for joining two fabrics together without sewing. It comes in two varieties, sewable and non-sewable. You cannot use non-sewable adhesive if you intend to run the fabric through a sewing machine, as the adhesive will damage the needle. Sewable adhesive can be used with a sewing machine. Fusible adhesives are compatible with small appliqués and fashion lettering.
Fabric glue is pretty straightforward. It is very similar to all the other kinds of glue in the world, except that it is specially designed to be used for fabrics and fabric like materials. The fabric glue you choose will depend on the intended application, as there are different kinds for different types of materials, including leather, leather, suede, cotton, polyester, nylon, spandex, and much more. Most fabric glue products are all-inclusive, or work for a large variety of materials. This product is perfect for creating hems, repairing small holes, or fixing a small appliqué.
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