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.
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.
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.
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.
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.