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How To Use a Hot Melt Glue Gun on Fabric

How To Use a Hot Melt Glue Gun on Fabric

Sometimes we are asked, "Can glue guns be used on fabric?" and the answer to this is yes, but some of the points you need to know are: which type of glue gun and glue stick you are using, and more.

Once you know the right glue gun and glue stick, you can be excellent at bonding fabric and other porous materials with a hot melt glue gun.

Glue Guns and Fabric

There are three types of hot glue guns: high temperature, low temperature, and adjustable temperature. Low temperature or adjustable temperature glue guns are highly used when bonding fabric or other sensitive materials.

The low temperature glue guns operate at about 260°C, while the standard-temperature glue guns operate at about 380°C. That 120° Celsius could mean the difference between the perfect bond to fabric and burning your material.

Now, it's time to use the correct glue stick with the kind of glue gun you want to use.

Glue Sticks and Fabric

We now know that the low temperature glue gun can prevent delicate materials like cloth from being burned, but we still need to make sure that we are using the right kind of glue stick or not.

It is important to use low temperature glue sticks with low temperature glue guns because these glue sticks are safe for fabrics. They are made specifically to melt at lower temperatures.

Even though all temperature glue sticks are available on the market and work with both low and high temperature glue guns, these are great for adjustable temperature glue guns, so you don't have to own two separate glue guns. 

Additional Tips for Working with Fabric

Hot melt glue guns and fabric should always be handled carefully, and here are some tips to make your work a success.

Before starting your work, try glueing a test piece of fabric.

Additionally, be careful not to touch the glue gun nozzle, as it is frequently hotter than the glue and can burn you.

Apply the hot melt to the other substrate first, allow it to cool slightly, and then apply your fabric if you are bonding fabric to a stronger, more temperature-resistant material. However, don't wait too long, as the hot melt can set and you won't have a solid bond.

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