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Topic: If I use iron on adhesive for a hem, will it hold up during washing?  (Read 402 times)
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« on: May 13, 2008 11:12:55 AM »

I'm hemming a dress.

I have some 1/4 inch wide and 5/8 inch wide iron on adhesive tape and am thinking of ironing my dress hem.  The dress circumference is huge and I want to save time.  I usually machine or hand stitch my hems.  This time, I need the hem to be invisible from the right side.  The brand I have is HeatnBond.

If I do this, will the tape hold up during repeated washing?  I want to wear this dress a lot, and would be bummed out if the hem kept falling out.


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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2008 11:37:57 AM »

I've used Stitch-Witchery for hems that I didn't intend to stay forever...it washed out after half a dozen to a dozen or so regular washings.  And actually, washing out is a kind way of saying that half of it fell out, in patches around the skirt, leaving a nice stiff, white-ish residue on the inside.  In other words, I don't recommend it for a garment you'll wear a lot.  If you're really curious, test some on a scrap, and throw it in the wash with your laundry a few times to see how it holds up.

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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2008 11:41:19 AM »

Thanks, Aislyn!  I have used Stitch Witchery for craft projects like pillows, etc.  I bet relying on it for a garment hem will be a waste of time. 

I'm off to sew!
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