Huh? A Glue Stick?
I sometimes visit Pinterest just to look around for new techniques I can use in my sewing. As a matter of fact, I’ve created a Home Decor Sewing Board on Pinterest. There are so many great techniques collected on the 473 pins there!
I was blown away when I saw Jona at Stop Staring and Start Sewing use a glue stick to secure a zipper until she stitched it into a pillow.
I immediately had an idea to try her glue stick technique when matching the fabric pattern in a seam.
I went to Wally World and bought a purple glue stick like Jona used in her project. It dries clear.
I wanted you to see where I used it on the selvage.
But, it didn’t show the coloring very well until I got really, really close with the camera.
Rub the glue stick on the front side of the selvages of both fabric pieces. Align the patterns to match with right sides together. Press well – yes with a hot iron – on both back sides of the selvages so you don’t get glue on your iron.
Ironing the glue melts it into the weave of the fabrics and dries the glue faster. You might imagine it would get hard, but it stays pliable. After a few minutes when it cools, it’s pretty well set unless you try to pull the pieces apart, which why would you when you want it to stay together long enough to stitch it permanently?
Glue doesn’t get on your sewing machine or needle since you only put the glue stick on the selvage part – not the fabric itself.
Fold at the matching point (picture above) and press. That’s the line where you’ll stitch (picture below).
Test the selvage to be sure they’re bonded well enough to take it over to your sewing machine.
When the selvage is stuck together securely, it’s time to sew!
There’s no need for pins or guess-work of aligning printed sides while you stitch.
Voila! A perfect pattern match. Now you can trim the selvage away at your seam allowance.
Isn’t that a neat trick? Thanks for the great technique, Jona! I’ll definitely use the glue next time I put a zipper in a pillow.
So…do you think you’ll try Jona’s glue stick technique? Don’t you love learning new things on Pinterest?
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