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Fusible Tape
Stitch Witchery by Dritz - a way to hem without sewing

Stitch Witchery by Dritz

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Fusible tape is available in a variety of widths and weights. The tape melts, causing a glue like action between two pieces of fabric.

When to use fusible tape

  • Fusible tape is the perfect answer to a quick hem or repair.
  • Some fabrics are impossible to have an completely invisible hem. Fusible tape is an alternative to stitching that would show when you don't want stitches to be visible.
  • Fusible tape can be used to create a small patch to repair a small tear in fabric.
  • A narrow tape is a great way to hold a turned edge, that wants to twist, in place to sew decorative or top stitching.
What weight to use
  • The weight of the fabric you are fusing will determine the weight of the fusible you want to use. A lightweight fabric such as a sheer fabric would use ultra light weight fusible tape.
  • Do not use a heavy weight fusible thinking it will hold better. It may seep through the fabric and be visible.
How to use fusible tape
  • Fabric used with fusible of any form, should be pre-washed. Finishes in the fabric may prevent the fusible from adhering to the fabric.
  • Press the fabric and any detail (such as a hem)into place before using a fusible.
  • Place the tape between the layers of fabric and press until the fusible tape melts, adhering the layers of fabric.
  • Do not place your iron directly on the fusible tape! It will melt to the iron and leave a mess!
  • If you want to fuse the tape to one layer of fabric at a time, use parchment paper on the non fabric side of the tape.
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