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Date: 2/2/14 3:17 AM

It's been a while since I've sewn and I'm totally confused by all the different tapes out there! Gah.

Would someone please explain to me the difference between stitch witchery, seams great, wonder under, double-sided basting tape, etc. etc? Oh gosh, they all seem so similar.

From what I've read online you have to remove the basting tape after sewing and you cannot sew through it. So this may seem like a super dumb question but if I use it to hold a zipper in place, sew the zipper (w/out sewing the tape), how the heck am I going to get the tape out? lol?

This led me to think about all the other tapes out there. Can I just use witchery or wonder-under and forget about it?

Thanks!

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Date: 2/2/14 8:53 AM

The double sided basting tape I have disappears with washing so you don't have to worry about taking it out. I'm not familiar with the other products.

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Date: 2/2/14 9:00 AM

Stitch-witchery and wonder-under tend leave your project feeling stiff after the fusing, but YMMV depending on the fabric, etc. The newer versions, like Steam-A-Seam, are much lighter and leave the fabric feeling more flexible. This link shows you how Steam-A-Seam can be used for patch pockets: CuttingLineDesigns
Just scroll down to the patch pocket topic.
I don't use wonder under or stitch-witchery anymore. It is Steam-A-Seam for me.
BUT ... there are similar products out there now (to confuse you even more-LOL) that work just as well and perhaps even better.

For zippers, I use a washable (which means it will wash out) glue stick, like Elmer's for kids.

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Date: 2/2/14 10:39 AM

What a great topic!!! I also get confused with all the products out there and would love to hear input. I love the collins wonder tape for a temporary hold down on zippers and hems. It is double sided, can be stitched through and goes away in first washing. I use it a ton and therefore have not really looked at other stuff but SHOULD!!! I did read here that the Dritz brand of wonder tape has changed and has something wrong with it but can't remember what the problem was.

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Date: 2/2/14 12:47 PM

Steam A Seam is permanent and the glue stick will wash out.

You can sew through anything adhesive with Titanium coated sewing machine needles. And, these type needles last much longer than a standard steel or chrome needle.

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Date: 2/2/14 1:19 PM

I thought I was just confused, but Dritz Wash Away it doesn't seem to dissolve easily for me.

Update: I've ordered some Collins Wash Away from Wawak. I'll let you know how it is in comparison to Dritz.
-- Edited on 2/2/14 11:07 PM --

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Date: 2/3/14 7:16 AM

It is nice to hear what works. I have 3 rolls of strip witchery somehow. I recall using it once to iron repair a poly pant hem in a hotel about 15 yrs ago and it didn't stick so I ended up hand sewing.
I wonder if it gets old? I have no idea what to do with it or how I got 2 more rolls.

I think my one roll of double sided might be wonder under tape. It is tricky to peel back the protective strip so I am reluctant to use it. I have had it for maybe 10 yrs? I am sure I must have seen it used on a TV show and bought it but forget why I would use it.

I tend to always reach for a pin or thread baste instead.
I also bought glue sticks and have used them but not that often really- they tend to dry out long before they get used up.

The steam 2 seam tape (?) has been on my wish list but I always delay getting it as I am sure I would not know exactly what to do with it. Lots of folks rave about using it so if I remembered to use it I might really like it. I do have the sheets of it but still unopened after 8 yrs. I think I got it for embroidery or perhaps applique?

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Date: 2/3/14 7:56 AM

Now that I have discovered steam a seam, that is all that I use.

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Date: 2/3/14 9:45 AM

I have used Stitch Witchery for years on wovens; it is great to hold a pocket in place on a shirt. You have to iron it so you need a fabric that can take the heat. I have not tried it for zippers-I ususally hand baste a zipper in place. I am a steam a seam fan for knits but hate trying to get the paper off. I am not sure about wonder-under; I think I have used it for appliques.

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Date: 2/3/14 11:22 AM

Collins Wash Away Wonder Tape is your friend. It's 1/4" wide and can be used for a number of things. I use it to hold cover stitch hems in place (while I stitch) since it also acts as a stabilizer. When I'm done with the garment, it goes in the wash and the tape disappears. I've used the Dritz version and the only difference is that it's a little stickier.

Besides hems, I've used it to hold a pocket in place while I sewed it on, to hold velcro in place for the same reason and anything else that you'd normally use pins for, but prefer not to have to remove them as you go.

My favorite notion is a water soluble marker. WAWT runs a close second.

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