No Sew Methods: Stitch Witchery vs. Glue

There are two great ways to attach fabric without sewing: fabric glue or a fusible bonding tape like Dritz Stitch Witchery.

If you have a sewing machine, sewing is often still the fastest and most reliable method for many projects, but fabric glue or Stitch Witchery are great alternatives. They are also used when you don’t want stitches to show, like on curtain hems.

It’s best to test either method on a scrap of fabric before using.

Bonding Tape

Fusible bonding tape is a strip of adhesive that melts when ironed to adhere fabric together. This is a simple way to create a permanent bond that isn’t at all messy and doesn’t require drying time. It’s perfect for cotton and other fabrics that can withstand medium to high heat. It helps to use the steam setting on your iron to create the best bond.

Dritz Stitch Witchery comes in various widths and weights and it’s machine washable and can be dry cleaned.

Bonding tape is also commonly used for hems instead of top stitching so no stitches will be visible.

Fabric Glue

Fabric glue like Dritz Unique Stitch and Dritz Liquid Stitch are fabric glues that also provide a permanent bond. If your fabric doesn’t hold up to heat well or if you don’t have an iron, this fabric glue is the best no-sew option.

These glues are clear and washable when dry.


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Does glue work well for large projects like reupholstering patio furniture?
A shopper on Apr 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: While you could probably do it with glue, for best durability, sewing is better. It would also take a long time to do because there would be a lot of waiting for the glue to dry!