Many sewing jobs don’t need you to use needles and threads. Glue and a hot iron will do the job as effectively. Many times sewers find that they have to work on projects that require no sewing. To mend or fix fabrics without sewing is not difficult. You only need adhesive strips that are heat-activated to do the job.
This no-sew method of mending or fixing fabrics together is fast. It also ensures that your work is neat as stitches on your seams are not visible.
What Is Stitch Witchery?
It is an adhesive strip used to join or mend fabrics without sewing. It is commonly referred to as the bonding web. It is a strip of adhesive that is activated by heat. The heat melts it, then it permanently attaches fabrics. It is an alternative to sewing with needle and thread when the situation allows.
If you have two pieces of fabric or parts of a garment that you want to join together, you can use stitch witchery. Place it on one of the fabrics. You can place it at the edge where the two sides or fabrics need to meet. Then place the other fabric over the stitch witchery.
When both fabrics are properly aligned, switch on your iron. Use it at high heat settings. Place it on the fabric and press for ten seconds. Lift and proceed to the next and press for ten seconds. Do this until you have covered the full length of the fabrics.
Finally, check that your fabrics are tightly held together. If not, keep ironing until they are firmly attached.
Stitch witchery is easy to use and can be applied in many sewing projects. You can use it to make patterned seams without stitching, patching up holes on garments, and fixing edges together on your garment-making projects.
Fabrics sewn together with stitch witchery can easily be washed without getting unstuck. You can machine or hand wash them as often as possible, but they are glued together permanently.
How To Use Stitch Witchery In A Project?
Step 1. Assemble your tools and materials for your stitch witchery project. You will need your stitch witchery, fabrics or garments you need to assemble, a lint roller, tape measure, scissors, and a damp press cloth.
Step 2. Choose the stitch witchery. Stitch witchery is available in a variety of sizes. Each size is best used with different types of fabric. The heavier the fabrics you are fixing together, the heavier and larger the stitch witchery you need. You will choose a stitch witchery that is suitable for the type of fabrics you are working on.
Stitch witchery works best on cotton fabrics and other fabrics that can withstand medium heat from the iron. You can also use it on fabrics that are difficult to sew on the sewing machine. Fabrics that are either too hard or too smooth for the sewing machine needle to get through easily.
Step 3. Prepare your garments or fabrics that you need to work on. Stitch witchery works better when your fabrics are clean and without lint. Wash your fabrics and remove any traces of lint with a lint roller.
If there are excess threads on the fabric, cut them off and leave the fabric clean. When using stitch witchery to mend a hole, let the patch you are using be at least ? inches bigger than the hole and the stitch witchery ? inches bigger.
Step 4. Place your fabric in your working area and place the stitch witchery on it. Place the other fabric on top of the stitch witchery so that it is sandwiched between the two fabrics. Make sure that they are properly aligned.
For better accuracy in aligning the fabrics on the stitch witchery, you can bind the stitch witchery on the first or bottom fabric. You can do this by hovering your iron over the stitch witchery. This causes it to melt and partially stick onto the fabric. This makes it easier to align the top fabric onto it. Make sure not to touch the stitch witchery with your iron at this stage. It may stick on the hot iron.
It is also important to test the stitch witchery on scrap fabrics of the fabrics you are using. This ensures that you will not spoil your full project. You know what to expect when you start fusing the adhesive into your fabrics.
Step 5. Turn on your iron and set high heat settings with steam. Steam ensures that when the adhesive melts from the heat, it adds the moisture required for the adhesive to stick the fabrics together. Press every section for about ten seconds before you proceed.
As you move to the next section, don’t slide the iron. Lift and place it on the next part of the fabric. Press for ten seconds and repeat till the end of the fabric.
Step 6. Turn the fabric you are working on around. Press with your iron across the length of the fabric just as you did on the other side.
You should know how your fabric reacts to ironing. You can place a damp ironing cloth on the fabrics as you iron. It helps to protect the fabric and enhance the stickiness of the stitch witchery due to its dampness.
Step 7. Confirm that your fabrics are firmly held together as intended. You can try to pull them apart to check that they are properly fixed together. If not, you can continue pressing with your iron until they are properly attached.
Step 8. When you are through fusing the fabrics, they should be bound together tightly and permanently. Do not use stitch witchery in stitching projects that you want to be temporary. Your fabrics may feel stiff when the stitch witchery is properly fixed. This stiffness is finished with the first washing of your fabrics. Washing doesn’t remove the fusibility of stitch witchery. Your fabrics remain attached to each other.
Can You Remove Stitch Witchery From Your Iron?
When using stitch witchery, you need to melt it on the first fabric to allow for increased accuracy. To melt it, you need to hover your iron over the fusible strip without touching it. Sometimes, you may accidentally place your hot iron on the stitch witchery. This causes it to stick on the iron.
You can remove the stitch witchery that sticks on your iron. First, let your iron cool to avoid iron burns. When your iron has cooled start removing the stuck stitch witchery.
You can use a wet towel cloth to remove the stitch witchery. Once your iron is warm enough to handle, wet a towel with some warm water. Scrub the stitch witchery off the iron. The iron releases steam as it meets the wet cloth and melts the stitch witchery from its surface. The cloth then wipes it off. When you have removed the stitch witchery, use a dry cloth to dry the iron then proceed.
You can also use a mixture of vinegar, salt, and water. To prepare this mixture make sure that you are in a well-ventilated space. Bring this mixture to a boil. When it is still hot, dip a towel in it and rub off the stitch witchery off your iron.
When you have removed the stitch witchery use a damp towel to wipe off your iron. Then use a dry towel to wipe off the dampness and residue of the vinegar mixture. Then leave your iron outside or for a while to air dry.
You can also use cleaning agents to wipe off the stitch witchery. With your iron cool, apply your cleaning agent. Scrub the witchery off the iron with a cloth. When the witchery comes off, wipe off the wet iron until it is dry and ready to use.
Alternatives To Stitch Witchery
In addition to stitch witchery, there are other products that you can use for no-sew projects. Stitch witchery is best used with fabrics that can withstand medium to high heat. Some fabrics cannot. Yet you may need to use a no-sew method with them also.
A major alternative to stitch witchery is fabric glue. Fabric glue is used to permanently attach fabrics. It can be used in seams that don’t need stitches, to mend and fix holes on garments, and to attach fabrics where needed. It can also be used in applique projects, repairs, and fixing zippers.
Fabric glue is the best no-sew method when you are working with fabrics that are adversely affected by ironing. Just like stitch witchery, fabric blue is permanent. Fabric glue is clear and easy to wash when it dries.
When working with fabric glue, just like in stitch witchery, you need to test it out in a scrap of fabric before using it. This ensures that you don’t damage your fabric unknowingly.
No-sew methods are great methods that allow you to sew without needles and threads or a sewing machine.