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Friday, October 16, 2015

Dofix and Dylan

I bought a Dofix this spring.
I was a little surprised.
I have always said, I aspire to be an expert sewer, and do not aspire to be an expert gluer.
But I got a Dofix.
See, I got this job where I would need to apply about 35 yds of wide Greek Fret banding to Duchess Satin, and I knew the only way was to use a permanent adhesive to adhere it.  Sewing- whether hand or machine- created take-up and puckering.  I started pricing out Dofix, and lo and behold, found a system for sale, and I immediately called and bought it, and picked it up in PA on Father's Day on my way to Philly.

In case you don't know what Dofix is, it's a comprehensive line of adhesive products to be used with its excellent boiler iron systems, along with a range of support products like hardware and shade systems, specifically for window treatments. 
Honestly I felt a little like I was having a Bob Dylan at Newport moment.
After all, I'm a big champion of hand-sewing.  I'm even making hand-sewn reverse-applique knit garments.
  Was I "going electric" and abandoning my hand-sewing?

But while legend has it that the Newport crowd booed Dylan for going electric, the truth is more likely that they were more booing because of the poor sound quality.

So perhaps my Dylan-Dofix analogy can be awkwardly stretched a bit further.  I bought Dofix in order to provide a better quality product: by using it appropriately where hand-sewing was NOT the best choice.  I decided that if I was going to use adhesives, I wanted to have the best boiler iron to apply the best adhesive to make the product the best I could.  Even if you never use a Dofix adhesive product, the iron and boiler are life-changing.

In my workroom, the most transformational use for Dofix is for trim application.  I can apply trims cleanly and with confidence. 

Here's the job that I bought the Dofix for.  I couldn't have managed without it.














I used it this week to apply grosgrain ribbon to a shade.






And banding over the seam on a wide roman shade.
Dofix is invaluable for blackout treatments, in which every stitch, every pinhole, allows light through.  Dofix allows me to avoid the pinholes of light on side hems, bottom hems, weight bar pockets.
These huge hobbled (9' wide x 6' long) blackout shades made from upholstery weight fabric would have been monsters to sew.  Dofix made them manageable.
Here I used Dofix for the bottom hem of a blackout shade.  You can't see it, because I didn't take pictures during fabrication, but I will next time.
These are just a few of the projects that would've been very difficult without the Dofix.
One product I totally love is the fusible Dofix velcro.  I've found that handy for the return flaps for outside mounted roman shades.
And I'm looking forward to making a shade with the Dofix blackout lining and fusible cord shroud, which eliminates all sewing and therefore all stitch holes.  Sounds crazy?  I saw Beth Hodges make one at a recent training workshop she held in NY, and that shade was amazing!  I'm anxious to make my sample.  If you want to learn more about Dofix, you can book a workshop with Beth Hodges in your area.  We had a great time and learned so much from her, and NOT just about Dofix!
For me, Dofix was the right choice at the moment I bought it.  It was an investment that pretty much paid for itself on that first Greek Fret banding project. 

5 comments:

  1. Hi - Do you know where I can purchase Döfix tapes - particularly the Rollofix RFK tape? thanks Marilyn

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    1. Hi Marilyn- As far as I know, Dofix products are only available through Dofix. My suggestion is to call them and ask how to purchase. 989-687-7999 I don't know if you are a workroom or a home sewer, and I don't know if you need a trade account to order, but they will advise you- they're very helpful!

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  2. I love your blog and how informative it is for my workroom! I am considering a dofix for a banding project on shades. You mentioned you found one on sale, may I ask from where?
    Thank you!
    Shannon

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    1. Hi Shannon! Thanks for reading the blog. I'm glad it's helpful!
      I was lucky and saw my Dofix advertised by another workroom on one of the Facebook pages. Are you a member of the FB page The Workroom Exchange? Or the D and D Network which has a for-sale forum? You could also post a "seeking used Dofix" notice on any Workroom social media site. Keep your eyes open. If I hear of one I'll let you know- if you'll send me your email address to stitchlore@gmail.com
      Deb

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