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Bull or No Bull: Can the No Stitch hem, mend and fix clothing tears without sewing?

Posted at 7:23 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 10:23:02-04

If you have ever had a clothing tear or a hem that came undone, you may have attempted to sew or glue it back together. But, I tested out a product called No Stitch that's supposed to hem, mend and fix without sewing. I will let you know if it's Bull or No Bull!

I also have to give a special shout out to viewer Nancy Gadsby who wrote to me on Facebook, suggesting I test out this product. Nancy, this one is for you!

My test subject is my yellow dress. The hem has come completely undone all along the bottom, so we decided to try to fix it.

First, we had to set up the No Stitch. So, I took the stand and bent up the middle piece. I placed the iron on that, plugged the wand into the wall, and then turned it on.

Then, we had to wait five minutes for the plate on the wand to heat up. Obviously, be careful because this is a hot object, so you'll want to avoid burns.

Our pack came with two adhesive powder bottles. Both say they're great for denim, cotton, linen, rayon, nylon, corduroy, wool, polyester, acrylic, silk, and more. My yellow dress is mostly made of cotton and polyester.

I squeezed out the glue powder, and as instructed, I made sure there were no clumps. I smoothed it with a closed cap. I also noticed that a couple of grains of the adhesive powder were on other parts of the fabric where I didn't plan to use the No Stitch. So, the instructions state to brush those off, and I did.

Then, I folded over the material onto where I placed the glue powder to fix the hem. I placed the provided wax paper on top that fold, and I picked up the No Stitch wand that had been heating up for five minutes. It was time to see if that wand had any magical powers.

I pressed the hot plate of the wand onto the wax paper, holding on one section for 10 seconds. Then, I repeated that step, 10 seconds each time, all the way down to make sure I covered the entire area. It felt similar to when you would iron on letters or logos on a shirt.

When we were finished, we placed the No Stitch iron back on the stand, turned it off, unplugged it, removed the wax paper and let the fabric cool completely.

After a few minutes, the fabric was cool to the touch. The instructions stated that means that the adhesive powder had hardened and the fabric was ready.

I gave it a couple of tugs to make sure it was secure. If I yanked on it with all of my strength, it might have come undone. But, so could a normal hem seam, like it did with my yellow dress. So, unless you're pulling with all your might, the No Stitch product seemed to hold tight.

The No Stitch definitely helped fix the hemline of this dress. Now I can say YELLOW to a new outfit! Cue the rimshot... or maybe even the sad trombone.

So far, No Stitch lived up to the claim of hemming, mending, and fixing without sewing. I cannot vouch for the durability. I plan to wash the dress and do some more yanking on the hemline. If it does not hold, I will update this article.

The commercial also shows that if you hemmed something wrong, you can fix it. Supposedly, you can warm up the hemline you originally attempted to fix, and you can unfold the material and re-position it to start the process all over again. We did not test this claim.

I bought the No Stitch on Amazon for $24.95. So, where does it rank on our Bull or No Bull Meter? I'm going with... NO BULL!

As always, I encourage you to do your research. On Amazon, this product has 131 ratings, scoring it 3.5 out of 5 stars. So, some of the reviews are mixed, but over half of them gave the product 5 stars.

What product do you want me to try before you buy? Email me!

If you do test out this product, let me know what you think!