3/25/09

Cheap chicalicious tip of the day


What do I do when I want to wear my cute flat sandals and all of my cute jeans are too long? Sure, I could have them hemmed or just buy shorter pairs of jeans just to wear with flat shoes, but I just want a temporary fix. I use an iron-on adhesive like Heat n Bond. Done and done. There are some companies out there trying to sell you "hemming" strips for your jeans, but why pay between $10-$20 when you can just buy a roll of adhesive for under $3? Exactly.
***update*** Okay, the adhesive tape that I have is not this one. I bought mine from Walmart and I thought it was this one because the packaging looked familiar (I threw the package away). You may want to look out for some that say "temporary bond/hold" if you're concerned about whether the bond is going to be permanent or not. The kind that I have survives washing and drying, and I don't have trouble taking apart the bond, but it does leave a residue on it. Just some stuff to look out for if you're going to temporarily hem your jeans/pants using this tape. My apologies.

9 comments:

Rai said...

Had no idea about this.
GREAT TIP! I'm bookmarking this.

Milly said...

great idea...will they work on work trousers or just jeans?

The Cheap Chica said...

@milly: i think they would work on trousers, too. they have different strengths of the adhesive. the heavy duty one is for jeans, so if you get the lower strength, i'm sure they'll work on trousers.

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Tira said...

Great idea! I'm 5'4 so clearly this will be of use to me.

Kristy said...

Does this stuff come off? Since you iron it on and it's supposed to survive the washing/drying process... isn't it permanent?

TeeThymeDiva said...

That stuff is a staple in my sewing basket.LOVE it!!!

The Cheap Chica said...

@kristy: it does survive the washing/drying process. when i wanted to undo the hem, i had no problem pulling the bond apart. i guess the only downside of it was that it left a bit of residue, though. there's this adhesive called steam a seam (lite strength) that is non-washable, i believe. you can try that.

The Cheap Chica said...

teetyme, since you're a seamstress, do you have any trouble removing the bond from this stuff?

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