There are two basic types of fabric glue: permanent and non-permanent. The permanent glues range from iron-on adhesive products to liquid thread. All of these products are designed to become permanent after the glue dries. Some require heat setting to activate them, while others simply require time for the glue to harden. Select the appropriate glue for your project to create the best results.
No-sew Adhesive Tapes
No-sew adhesive tapes are a type of fabric glue that's dispensed in tape and sheet form. This type of adhesive is commonly used to create hems, or bind two pieces of fabric together in an applique-type arrangement. You position the tape between the two pieces of fabric. Some tapes have a paper backing that you remove. Iron the top fabric to the lower fabric using a hot iron. Use a scrap cotton sheet over smaller fabric pieces such as ribbons where the tape may come into contact with the iron.
No-fray is a type of fabric adhesive that's commonly used to stop fabric edges from fraying. The adhesive is painted on the fabric and allowed to dry. You can glue the edges of fabric together by painting the no-fray onto the fabric and bringing the adjacent edges into contact with the still-fresh glue. This can be used to repair minor torn spots.
Costume and Mask Glue, Dry Clean Only Adhesive, Fabri-Tac; Glass, Metal and More; Instant Elegance, Liquid Laminate, Liquid Thread, Patch Attach, and Quick Grip are just a few of the liquid glues that will attach fabric with some degree of permanence. When selecting an individual glue, read the label for information on the suggested fabric usage and whether the fabric can be washed or dry-cleaned to preserve the adhesive.
Fabric spray adhesives are available in both permanent and non-permanent types. This type of spray is particularly good when attaching larger surfaces together where the glue needs to be applied quickly and over a broad area. Some require ironing to set the glue and some recommend particular types of cleaning. Many glues are water resistant but will separate under steam or dry cleaning or vise versa. A careful selection of your particular product will allow you to choose the right glue for your project.