By August 22, 2011

Aleene’s Platinum Bond Adhesive Super Fabric Glue Review

I’m not great with a needle and thread. When I was in college I sewed a Kenpo Karate patch on my messenger bag, and it looked like Dr. Frankenstein sewing up his monster.

I recently acquired a Protoss StarCraft 2 patch. I wear textile motorcycle gear almost exclusively, and wanted to put the patch on my summer jacket. I wasn’t anxious to repeat my experience in college — if I worked in a sweatshop with that quality of work I’d get a beatdown for sure — and I started looking for alternatives.

It turns out there are a ton of motorcyclists who can’t sew for shit but want to put patches on their jackets and vests. They use textile adhesive, and that seemed a lot easier than a needle and thread.

I found this tube of Aleene’s Platinum Bond fabric glue at Wal-Mart for about $5. The directions were simple enough, but I didn’t know if the patch would really hold on my textile jacket. Since my Fieldsheer Corsair is meant to be worn during warm months, the fabric weave is very “loose” and porous.

Application was easy. I made sure the right shoulder of my jacket was clean (well, sort of clean, by my standards). I then applied a ring of glue on the bottom of the patch, about 1/16″ from the edge. I then applied three thin strips of glue across the middle of the patch. I placed the patch on the shoulder of my jacket, and held it for 60 seconds with both hands. After that I put a cookbook on top of the patch for about sixteen hours.

The entire application process took less than five minutes, including prep.

The Aleene’s fabric glue has held up wonderfully. It has stayed rock solid at highway speeds and after torrential downpours. I tried lifting the edges with my fingernail and the patch is as tight as a drum.

Give Aleene’s Platinum Bond fabric glue if you want to put patches on your motorcycle gear — or any other clothing — and don’t want to sew. I could probably use a single tube for the rest of my life, and from the time savings alone versus sewing it’s definitely worth it.

Strongly recommended

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