Did you know you can join fabric without sewing it together? It’s called fusable tape and it is gaining wide-spread popularity among apparel lovers everywhere!
Also known as “fusable web”, fusable tape is a material that melts when heat is applied. The special formula adhesive will soundly bond together two pieces of fabric, making it the perfect “non-sewing” sewing approach. It is very much like tape, as it comes in rolls and bears comes in various lengths and widths. It is highly useful for several types of projects, including clothing alterations, costume design, home textile décor, and more.
Proper Applications of Fusable Tape
✄ Use it for a simple and fast hem or clothing repair.
✄ Use it when you want an invisible hem.
✄ Cut a small patch and use it to repair torn fabric.
✄ Use it to hold a stubborn edge that wants to twist out of shape.
✄ Use it to simplify decorative or top-stitching.
Choosing the Right Weight
Fusable tape comes in all sorts of different varieties. So it is important that you match the proper tape with the proper application. The weight of fabric you are working with will determine which tape you will use. For example, a lighter fabric, like sheer chiffon, would require an ultra-light fusable tape variety. In contrast, a heavy knit sweater or denim will not fuse well with a lighter tape. Do not try to get ahead by using a heavy-duty tape for a lighter fabric; this is not ensuring better fusibility. Instead, it will look messy and unprofessional.
How to Use Fusable Tape:
❶ Wash and dry the fabric piece you are working with.
❷Preheat your iron to low heat and set up your ironing board or station.
Iron your fabric to your desired placement.
❸Put a piece of tape between the two pieces of fabric you wish to fuse, and press it down with your iron until the adhesive melts.
❹Do not disturb or move the fabric until the adhesive has completely dried. This can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes.
❺ Never apply the iron directly to the tape. It will stick to the iron and make a big mess! If you need to fuse tape to only one piece of fabric, use parchment paper in between the tape and the iron.
We recommend Bias® Fusible Tape, which retails around $12 for a 22-yard roll. Look for it on Amazon, or at your local crafts and fabrics store.