Ideally, this product replaces basting and pinning that comes with applying appliques or even small quilting projects. The glue is safe to use on all kinds of fabrics (cottons, wool, polyester, blends, felt, linen and leather!) and claims to not gum up your needles. (It doesn't, nor does it "grease through" your fabrics.
I decided to give the Lapel Stick a try in my craft room. First, I applied to the edges of this applique cat I made a few days ago (I know, I know. Probably shouldn't have wasted the Flea Market Fancy.)
But it worked great! Honestly, I don't know how I would have gotten the snipped edges to turn down without the use of this glue stick.
I also tried it out on these felt stars, which adhered really well to the quilting fabric. I stitched up these stars with no pins and without using my fingers to hold them in place.
Next, I wanted to see how the Lapel Stick would hold up when quilting multiple layers together. I applied the adhesive between each layer in a stack of materials I wanted to quilt together (quilt top, batting, back).
Here's the front, which quilted together nicely, with no bumps. But as you can see, the bottom layer got a little bumpy, so I think it would be better to baste or use pins when quilting a large area. Plus, you'd go through a ton of this stuff on a quilt!
For those who like to wear heels, the Lapel Stick can also be used to "hem" pants to multiple heel heights without alterations. The glued hem just comes out in the wash. I tried it out by rolling up a leg of my favorite jeans. A couple minutes later, I was surprised that the fabric actually made a sound when I unrolled it, like the adhesive was really working.
It's also supposed to be useful for fashion emergencies (hello brides!), like:
- Fallen hem on pants or skirt
- Peek-a-boo button gaps on blouses
- Collared shirts that curl up
- Falling-down bra straps
I really liked this product, and I admire the company even more for staying true to its mission. Lapel Stick supports Juvenile Diabetes research, with $3 of each $5 earned going directly to that cause. What's not to like about that? Lapel Stick also offers fundraising options for your school, church, team, or organization.
While a few other companies have similar products on the market in the $2 to $5 range (Dritz, Fons & Porter, Collins), this Canadian company really inspires with its dedication to a cause. To order the Lapel Stick, individuals and retailers can shop here.
Would you like to try out the Lapel Stick for free? Two lucky readers will win a stick to try out in your own craft room!
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