Log-in
Questions? (855)437-7700 or Contact Us 

How to Use Glue Guns, Glue Sticks and Fabric

Posted on April 04, 2013 by Gluegun.com | 9 comments

We are often asked, "Can glue guns be used on fabric?" The simple answer is yes but you will need to know a few things first about the type of glue gun and glue stick you are using. Once you find the right glue gun and glue stick, hot melt is excellent at bonding fabric and other porous materials. 

Glue Guns and Fabric

There are three major types of hot glue guns, standard temperature (also called high temp), low temperature and adjustable temperature. When bonding fabric or other sensitive materials, low temperature or adjustable temperature glue guns are highly recommended. Standard temperature glue guns dispense at around 380 Degrees Fahrenheit while low temperature glue guns have a working temperature around 260 Degrees Fahrenheit. That 120 degree difference can be the difference between the perfect bond to fabric or burning right through your material. Now that you know which type of glue gun to use, it's time to match up the right glue stick

Glue Sticks and Fabric

We know that low temperature glue guns can help from burning a hole in fabric and sensitive material, but now we need to make sure we are using the correct glue stick. Low temperature glue guns must be used with low temperature glue sticks. These type of glue sticks are specifically formulated for melting at lower temperatures making them fabric safe. There are even all temperature glue sticks that can be used in both high and low temperature glue guns. We think these are great for adjustable temperature glue guns so you don't have to own two separate glue guns. 

Additional Tips when Working with Fabric

You must always be careful when using hot glue and fabric. Here are some additional tips to help make your project a success.

  • Try glueing a test piece of fabric before jumping into your project.
  • Be careful not to touch the glue gun nozzle to your material as this is often hotter than the glue and can cause burns.
  • If you are bonding fabric to a sturdier, more temperature resistant material, apply the hot melt to the other substrait first and then let it cool slightly before applying your fabric. Don't wait too long though, the hot melt may set and then you will not get a strong bond.

Recommended Products

Glue Guns

Glue Sticks

Contact us with questions regarding any of your glue gun or glue stick product questions. 

Tags: Fabric
Previous Next

Comments

  • Gluegun.com

    Dee,

    We would recommend Surebonder 727 all temperature glue sticks for this application. This glue stick is a little ‘stickier’ than other clear general purpose.

  • dee bridgeman

    which glue is best for putting on crystals

  • Gluegun.com

    ruqoyah,

    Glue sticks will work on Ankara fabric. However, if please keep in mind glue sticks are not ideal for fabrics that need to be washed repetitively. If you have any additional questions please call 855-437-7700.

  • ruqoyah
    can we use it for Nigeria cloth such as Ankara,
  • Gluegun.com

    Generally, hot melt is not used for applications that will be submersed in water. Ideally, if possible it would be best to attach the squares via needle and thread. Otherwise, check your local fabric/sewing store for a fabric glue.

  • Steffi

    Hi, Im hoping to fix my swimsuit, I bought it in the sale so I can’t exchange it as all the stock has now gone! It has/had small metal squares as detailing but most of these came off in the wash. What would you recommend to stick them back on? The fabric of the swimsuit is 80% polyamide 20% elastene.
    Any advice would be gratefully received!
    Thankyou :)

  • lasertek

    These are very useful tips especially for craft makers who always use glue guns for their crafts. More to it, it is also helpful even to an ordinary user like me. :)

  • Gluegun.com

    This glue stick should offer a strong and waterproof bond to fabric. We often consider a “permanent” bond one in which the fabric (or other substrate) will tear before the glue releases. This may happen with certain types of fabrics but not all. Hope this helps, let us know if you have other questions.

  • LaDonna Jennings

    Is the Infinity Fabric Glue Stick a permanent and waterproof application?

 

Leave a reply

This blog is moderated, your comment will need to be approved before it is shown.

Scroll to top