3/16/03....Gigi Louis is right! There is no difference between regular glue sticks from an office supply store and the much pricier version sold by Dritz.
Added additional Glue Stick uses 2/19/03
Lately, I've been using fabric glue sticks almost as much as pins. For example, if you want to use clear elastic to stabilize a seam on knits, it's can be really challenging to get the elastic and the fabric under the serger. A few dabs from a glue stick along the run of elastic keeps it in place while you sew (pinning is just impossible). A little goes a long way, and it doesn't have any detrimental effect on either your needles or the serger knife. The glue is water soluble and always washs out. I also use glue sticks to turn up hems on knits before I stitch them.
Additional Glue Stick uses:
* Holding down a button or snap while you sew it on (either hand or machine)
* Tacking down Girl Scout patches while you sew them on.
* Basting the edges of knits (especially those where the edges curl) before you run them through a serger. Another benefit - no worry about pins going under the serger knife!
* Tacking trim such as rick-rack before you stitch it.