Stitch witchery is a handy sewing tape that is used to bond fabrics together after activation by a steam iron. The fusible is a strip of adhesive that melts when heated to create a permanent bond between pieces of fabric. This item is very appropriate for quick fixes and easy no-sew projects. Stitch witchery provides the user with a neat and professional way of creating, mending, and finishing clothes. It may be used for:
- Hems, belts, and trims
- Attaching pockets
- Fusing fabric to your garment before sewing it down
- White or light-colored clothes
- Washable and dry cleanable clothes
- Stabilizing seams at points of stress, for example at the shoulder seam
- Stabilizing the edges of a shirt so that you can fix a zipper. This way the edges won’t stretch so the zip will not end up looking super wavy. Also, you’re not going to need pins to stabilize the edges.
Using Stitch Witchery
Stitch witchery uses moisture and heat to bind two fabrics together. After its application, the fabric may be machine washed and dry cleaned without any problem. This means that you won’t need a sewing machine, thread, or needles to maintain the integrity of the garment. When creating clothes or mending holes in them using stitch witchery you’ll need:
- Stitch witchery
- Piece of fabric
- Tape measure
- A pair of scissors
- An iron box
- Damp press cloth
The stitch witchery is ideal for use on fabrics that can withstand medium to high heat such as cotton. Follow these simple steps to use stitch witchery:
Steps #1: Choose the right stitch witchery
The fusible bonding is available in a wide variety of sizes and weights. Some examples of the weight range from Ultra-Lite to Super, and black. Ultra-Lite is great for lace fabrics while black stitch witchery is suitable for darker materials. Start by choosing the right stitch witchery depending on the type of fabric that you’ll be working on.
When working with heavy materials like denim, it’s advisable that you get heavier fusible bonding to make sure that the project lasts. It doesn’t make sense to make a garment that will tear apart when you wear it.
You should also check the width of the stitch witchery. It should be wide enough to seal the perimeter of the hem. Usually, a width of 5/8 or 1/4 should be enough.
Steps #2: Remove any particles and stray threads from the fabric
Stitch witchery only binds to clean fabric. If there are any particles or lint on the fabric, the fusible won’t work as well. You should also trim away any stray threads from around the area on which the stitch witchery will be applied.
If you’re mending a hole using stitch witchery, measure the size of the hole and make sure that the patch is at least half an inch larger than the area being repaired. The stitch witchery should be 1/4 inch larger than the size of the hole.
Steps #3: Place the stitch witchery and iron
Place the stitch witchery between the two pieces of fabric and iron for about half a minute per section of the seam. Instead of sliding the iron box onto the next section, pick it up and place it down there.
For the best bond that lasts long, make sure that the iron is set on the steam setting. Alternatively, you could also use a damp cloth and place it over the fabric as you’re ironing it. This technique is very useful in protecting delicate fabrics that could easily get damaged.
It’s advisable that you test the fusible on scraps of the fabric that you’re using to ensure that it adheres well. There are some types of fabric that have finishes on them that prevent the stitch witchery from forming a bond.
Steps #4: Turn over the other side
Flip the fabric over and iron the other side for another half a minute just like you did the other side.
Steps #5: Check the adhesion
Once the fabric has cooled down, check the bond and iron again if it’s necessary. Repeat until the bond formed is secure.
- You should not place the iron box in direct contact with the stitch witchery. It’ll melt and adhere to the surface of the iron
- Always carry out a test on the fabric to make sure that the results are favorable
- For more precise placement, you should bind the stitch witchery to one fabric surface before the other to prevent the tape from sliding out of place. To do this, first hover the steam iron over the fusible to melt it partially then place the other fabric on top of the fusible and iron.
- The stitch witchery may seem quite hard and stiff at first but it tends to soften up with a bit of washing.
- Always keep in mind that stitch witchery is designed to make permanent bonds. So you shouldn’t use it if you’re looking for a temporary solution
Stitch witchery was originally made for people who didn’t know how to sew or had no access to sewing machines. It’s also used in scenarios where you don’t want the stitches to show or on fabrics that are very difficult to sew using a regular sewing machine as they’re super slinky and easily get eaten by the sewing machine. The fusible bonding web, as it’s commonly described, creates fast projects that don’t need any sewing.
A lot of people are not familiar with stitch witchery and the first time they come across it they find it to be very fascinating and mind-blowing. Once you discover its full potential you’ll see that it’s also very easy to use. Just place your fabrics on an ironing board with the fusible in between them and iron. The fusible melts away and the two pieces of fabric are fused together. This saves you so much time and frustration. So next time you’re looking for a quick way to bond pieces of fabric together, go the stitch witchery way!