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Temporary fabric adhesive – glue basting

I decided to test a temporary textile glue, and my new project was perfect for this task. I couldn’t decide which one I want, so I bought 2 types – a stick and a “marker”, which is de facto also a stick.

Product description

Helps to position fabrics, trimmings, lace and zip fasteners without pins. The glue is not permanent – it can be washed out. The marker additionally has yellow color for better visibility (which also means that it is messier :)).

Both products are in a similar price range, but the marker can be refilled for a lower price.

Glue test

My first thought after opening both products was: “they’ll get used up quickly”, but it turned out that it wasn’t so bad. I finished sewing on large amount of ribbon, and there is still a lot of glue remaining.
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I was using both products alternately, and both worked well. The marker is a little softer, it also has a smaller surface area, so it’s more precise. Sometimes the glued ribbon detached – especially in situations when I folded the fabric on which the ribbon was glued. I think the problem occurred mainly because the glue dries rather fast – at the end of my project I started to glue shorter segments of ribbon, and immediately apply them to the fabric. This approach gave much better results. Obviously, the adhesive strength is also dependent of the amount of glue you apply, but this aspect is quite hard to control.

I tested the glue during attaching of an invisible zipper. When using pins, a zipper is connected with a fabric only at a few places, so the elements tend to move. I felt like the glue basting stabilizes the fabric, and it was easier to sew the zipper.

I also tested the glue when applying a lace. In this case I applied the glue on the fabric, not on the lace. This method left much more stains on the fabric, but I managed to remove them all with water.

The adhesive won’t work if you want to detach elements and reattach them. Before reattaching them you will have to apply the glue once more.

Bonus – spray adhesive

Before I bought the glue I asked my friend if she had worked with such glues. She told me that she tested spray adhesive, and it totally didn’t meet her expectations. She wanted to use it to compose and recompose laces on a fabric. As a result everything, including her hands, was sticky, and it was impossible to work with it. So I think that this kind of glue might only be useful to cover large areas.


I definitely think that I will continue to use temporary adhesive in my sewing room. It’s not ideal product, but it works quite well, and it definitely saved me a lot of time. I still can’t decide which version of the glue is better – sometimes it was more comfortable to use the stick, other times the marker. Both adhesives are therefore worth a look.

How temporary adhesives work for you? Do you use glue basting in your work?

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