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Proper glue for silk purse?

Millineress | Posted in General Discussion on

I am making a purse to match a cheongsam dress. The purse is the shape of an old-style take-out container (see this website http://www.stupid.com/stat/TAKE.html or type in “chinese take-out purse” and you’ll likely be able to find a photo).  I plan to make the form out of bristol board, then apply the silk to it. What is the best type of glue for (very high-quality) silk? I doubt that white (craft glue) will work, as it will mar the fabric. I considered a glue stick, but they often apply unevenly and it may not hold over the long-term.  Perhaps I should sew/serge the fabric to the edges of the cardboard? Apply interfacing to the fabric, then glue it on? Your thoughts will be appreciated. I have to do this correctly the first time, as the silk was a gift directly from Hong Kong, and I cannot order anymore.

– Many thanks

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  1. alotofstitches | | #1

    Test  several glues on scraps to  see what bleeds thru.  Another idea is to use fusible webbing to adhere to the silk, cut out pieces of purse then fuse to the board.  Of course test this process first.  I think the silk needs to be adhered to the board to look best.  HTC's "Trans-Web" would be my choice of fusible because it is lighter and does not bubble IF YOU FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS!

    1. Teaf | | #2

      I agree with Liz--try fusing the silk to the board. I've had good luck with Craft Bond fusible webbing, which comes with a paper backing that makes copying the pattern and applying the webbing very easy. Since fusible webbing is dry, it doesn't penetrate the silk; it becomes transparent when fused correctly and won't show through even sheer fabrics. Just make sure to read the directions, try a sample, and remember to remove the plastic overlay before ironing!

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