This week’s cool tool is the Sewline Glue Pen.  These are mainly marketed towards fans of English Paper Piecing (EPP) but let me tell you about all the other things they are useful for (because I don’t EPP!)

With glue cartridges available in blue and neon yellow, both of which dry clear, you will easily be able to see the fresh glue from this baby when you come to use it.  Although the glue holds well for basting, it’s not too difficult to release if and when needed.  I go through quite a lot of cartridges, but you can buy replacements in packs of 2 from many good sewing shops.

Here’s a wee list of all the places that I love using mine:

  • Foundation paper piecing – I use it to glue the first piece in place and also to secure larger piece of fabric to stop it wandering off and contorting

  • Applique – I machine applique, and pins can distort small pieces of fabric, so glue holds them nicely in place.  I’ve used it liberally in my latest mystery project.

  • EPP-esque projects – okay, I don’t hand sew, but I have been known to use EPP templates to make shapes which I then applique in place.  I use the glue to baste the fabric to the shape before pressing it, then I release the paper and glue the shape onto its background.

  • Bag making – I use it to hold things in place, especially on PVC where you can’t use pins.  Handles and flaps are the most common things I use them for.

Advanced Camp Bag Exterior

  • Other useful places – binding, piping, and even quilt piecing if you’re trying to make seams line up perfectly.

So are you a glue pen fan?  If so, what do you use yours for?