Sewing is an art, and there are a lot of criteria that come with creating beautiful garments like practice, sewing tools, and typically a lot of time—just to name a few. Sometimes a quick fix is all the time we can spare, and that is okay. Luckily, some handy little gadgets and products can help to hem those pants or fix that hole without the need for a sewing machine. There are sewing alternatives in several categories to help you get through all of life’s happy accidents, and you don’t have to be a sewing pro to have success.
Below is a list of sewing alternatives for several possible garment mending situations:
This sewing alternative is used to adhere fabrics together with pre-cut, double-sided strips of tape and an iron. Bonding tape is a great alternative for hems or avoiding visible stitches and the dry time that glue requires. This technique offers a decent amount of durability, flexibility and it’s pretty easy to do.
This technique also adheres fabrics together and can be cut to size. It is useful for adding hems, appliques, and repairing small tears. Cut to size and place it where desired. The backing can be removed and then ironed on as directed.
This fusible interlining method is most similar to fusible tape and comes in sewable and no-sew varieties on a roll much like fabric. To properly use the no-sew kind, place it between the layers of fabrics, then use heat to bond it properly. Another option is Spray N Bond fusible adhesive, which is great for placing appliques and adding patches.
For a permanent bond that is machine washable, fabric glue is a great new-sew option. For fabrics sensitive to heat, fabric glue is the perfect route. Use it for hems, trims, appliques, patches, zippers, repairs, shades, and more. To use fabric glue, apply glue to the fabric and areas desired by applying pressure on a level surface. Allow time to dry as directed on the product.
Velcro is easy to open and close and is another no-sew option for closures. This alternative does come in a sew and no-sew option, so if you want to stick to no-sew, opt for the hook and loop tape that comes with a sticky back.
There is a multitude of reasons why sewing may not be possible for your specific needs, so this list of no-sew alternatives for various garment construction purposes is very useful. If you do find yourself interested in learning more about sewing, check out some of our informational sewing posts to get started or dive deeper.