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Which fabric glue is the best?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I have a bunch of jeans that I need hemmed and I was going to try the glue hemming technique, but I've heard different opinions on the glues that people like best.

I've heard of fabri-tac, liqui-stitch, and ok to wash-it. Which ones do you guys use, do you like it, and which is the best?
post #2 of 14
I used Fabri-Tac, and it worked but the hem was VERY stiff. It felt a little awkward when I wore them. I wouldn't recommend this glue because its not flexible. I ended up cutting the end off and getting a regular hem at a tailor.
post #3 of 14
i also wouldnt recommend you do this if you ever think you might need to get rid of your jeans in the future.
I used Aleen's but I CANT get it off *cry*
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
But I thought there was a post in the old HF about using acetone to disolve the glue? It says to thin out fabri-tac using acetone here, so I'm guessing it'll do the trick of removing it too: http://www.beaconcreates.com/cgfab.html
post #5 of 14
i tried to remove fabritac with acetone as well as with glue removers, and believe me, it didn't work! I ended up getting mine hemmed to get the glue part off and now I can only wear them with very flat shoes
post #6 of 14
fabric glue is best for loose stitches here and there. i wouldnt recc for anyone who wants to resell their jeans...
but if u want to glue hem, and if u wanna hem over 3 inches, i think its best if u cut the length off first. or else u'll end up with 3-4 hard hems.
post #7 of 14
I didnt try acetone I dont think... I'll have to attempt that.
i gotta sell my sammys they are tooo big now
post #8 of 14
the acetone doesn't work too well. most of the gunky glue came off but it still left my hems very stiff. If you're thinking about letting the hems out, don't glue 'em, unless you want some strange stiff hems. My poor R&R scorpions. *cry me a river*
post #9 of 14
Hey,
I think i'm getting close to a solution...I'm looking over the MSDS database of various chemicals and am trying to figure out which other chemicals can deactivate the glue. What my (little) chemistry knowledge at work.

Don't use fabri-tac...yet. Quick fix? yes. But very stubborn.
post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dissociated
Hey,
I think i'm getting close to a solution...I'm looking over the MSDS database of various chemicals and am trying to figure out which other chemicals can deactivate the glue. What my (little) chemistry knowledge at work.

Don't use fabri-tac...yet. Quick fix? yes. But very stubborn.
I'll be waiting for your solution!!!
post #11 of 14
Ok, I did some research on fabri-tac glue, and because it's base is an acetone (which, If i remember correctly, is the cunjugate base of acetic acid), one way to weaken the bond formed by acetone and the denim fibers is introducing the conjugate acid (for example, white vinegar, which is 5% acetone). because acetone's affinity for it's conjugate acid is greater than for cotton, it just might do the trick. I think you can get solutions with 10% acetic acid at the pharmacy, but whether 5% or 10% acetic acid, dilute it with 2 parts water and test on an inconspicuous area for colorfastness.

Another way is to use isopropyl alcohol (70% alcohol). I tried this one briefly, and it made the dried up fabri-tac glue all gooey again. Then I spread cornmeal all over it (as an absorber), waited for it to dry into clumps, and then scraped the residue away (albeit gently) with a scouring pad. This seemed to work; however because I was impatient and didn't exactly wait for the alcohol to penetrate the glue stains and the cornmeal to absorb the glue, 'there was still a tad bit of glue residue left. I anticipate better results when done correctly.

If you're lazy (like me) and don't have time to make your concoction of glue remover, using a dry-cleaning solvent/dry cleaners might do it. Perchloroethylene, trichochloroethylene, and trichloroethane are three different thypes of cry-cleaning solvents most commonly used. I'm not really knowledgeable about the differences among these agents, but I presume a good dry cleaners does.

There are more ways to get rid of glue...and I will be posting more shortly. I've only tried the alcohol version. Will try more in the upcoming days.

p.s. I am not a nerd. I just kept all of my chem books and notes.
post #12 of 14

ziprio 754

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Originally Posted by dvd
I have a bunch of jeans that I need hemmed and I was going to try the glue hemming technique, but I've heard different opinions on the glues that people like best.

I've heard of fabri-tac, liqui-stitch, and ok to wash-it. Which ones do you guys use, do you like it, and which is the best?
Hi there,

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post #13 of 14
I used fabri tac b/c it's the only one i could find
I ironed the hems first, then used small dots of glue so it would stay in place, then used a solid line of glue only right above the hems. I haven't tried to take it out though so I duno if it worked or not. if you even understood what I'm talking about
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dissociated
Ok, I did some research on fabri-tac glue, and because it's base is an acetone (which, If i remember correctly, is the cunjugate base of acetic acid), one way to weaken the bond formed by acetone and the denim fibers is introducing the conjugate acid (for example, white vinegar, which is 5% acetone). because acetone's affinity for it's conjugate acid is greater than for cotton, it just might do the trick. I think you can get solutions with 10% acetic acid at the pharmacy, but whether 5% or 10% acetic acid, dilute it with 2 parts water and test on an inconspicuous area for colorfastness.

Another way is to use isopropyl alcohol (70% alcohol). I tried this one briefly, and it made the dried up fabri-tac glue all gooey again. Then I spread cornmeal all over it (as an absorber), waited for it to dry into clumps, and then scraped the residue away (albeit gently) with a scouring pad. This seemed to work; however because I was impatient and didn't exactly wait for the alcohol to penetrate the glue stains and the cornmeal to absorb the glue, 'there was still a tad bit of glue residue left. I anticipate better results when done correctly.

If you're lazy (like me) and don't have time to make your concoction of glue remover, using a dry-cleaning solvent/dry cleaners might do it. Perchloroethylene, trichochloroethylene, and trichloroethane are three different thypes of cry-cleaning solvents most commonly used. I'm not really knowledgeable about the differences among these agents, but I presume a good dry cleaners does.

There are more ways to get rid of glue...and I will be posting more shortly. I've only tried the alcohol version. Will try more in the upcoming days.

p.s. I am not a nerd. I just kept all of my chem books and notes.
Lol, it's funny because I recall using most of these chemicals in my chem labs! But unfortunately, I don't have access to one now. Maybe it would save some headaches if we decided on the best fabric glue to use, because most people seem to dislike fabri-tac. But this is good info for those who have used it and can't get it out!
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