I’m sure I’m not the only person who doesn’t have a fear of sewing machines, right? Before my MIL even taught me how to use one of those contraptions, I wanted to do some fabric projects, and found some ways to cheat at sewing.
Okay, a warning for those avid sewing folk (I was just about to say ‘sewers’, but that could look offensive), this could be insulting to your craftsmanship, but understand it’s from one sewing-challenged person to maybe others that have the same issues :)
I found these two products and decided to try them both on one project, just to compare the two. I used Aleene’s Fabric Fusion and Prym’s Sewing’s Stitch Witchery (a great thing for any project where the stitches would want to remain hidden, my MIL says!)
I’m sure they’re not normally used entirely for a project, but rather small areas that need a quick fix rather than the machine, but… again, sewing-challenged!
I opted for the bright happy-yellow leaf-print towel. With a ruler, I measured out my various sides
and cut my fabric into 5 sections. I really eyed it and just cut along the pressed edges (again, don’t judge! ;)
And when working with any fabric, the witchery didn’t seep through like the glue did. With that being said, the glue had the benefit of working around awkward corners, like in this silhouette.
When it was complete, I have to say that it would have been neater and less ‘homemade’ looking if it was measured and sewn properly. As wonderful as the glue and tape are, nothing beats the good ol’ clean seams from a machine (see those ribbon ends starting to fray? sigh…)
So, for those of us who have never stepped foot onto a sewing machine pedal, there are ways to get fabric projects done (especially if the person you’re making it for is uninterested in the latest name brand handbag and wouldn’t mind toting around a glued & taped purse!)