Is Hem Tape permanent?

Hem tape is generally considered temporary and not permanent. The search results show that the Singer Instant Hem Tape, for example, is described as a “temporary hemming adhesive” and is used to “temporarily repair ripped seams in clothing and household fabrics”[1].

Similarly, the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Fabric Tape is marketed as a “permanent bond that remains flexible, even after washing,” but it is still classified as a “fabric tape” rather than a “permanent hem tape”[3].

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There are, however, products available that are specifically marketed as “permanent hem tape.” These products are typically iron-on and are designed to create a permanent bond between fabric layers.

For example, the Fusible Hem Tape from MadamSew is an iron-on fusible hem tape that adheres two fabric layers permanently[6].

Another option is the HeatnBond Hem Iron-On Adhesive, which is also a permanent hem tape[2].

In summary, while there are products available that can create a permanent bond between fabric layers, they are typically classified as “fusible hem tape” or “iron-on hem tape” rather than “permanent hem tape.”

Sewing tape, on the other hand, is generally considered temporary and will not hold up to washing or wear over time.

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Singer-Instant-Tape-4-Inch-15-Foot/dp/B00114RJ9Y
[2] https://www.amazon.com/permanent-hem-tape/s?k=permanent+hem+tape
[3] https://aleenes.com/products/aleenes-fabric-fusion-5-8-inch-permanent-fabric-tape-20-ft
[4] https://www.reddit.com/r/sewhelp/comments/147rqmw/q_whats_the_difference_between_hemming_double/
[5] https://aleenes.com/products/aleenes-fabric-fusion-1-inch-permanent-fabric-tape-20-ft
[6] https://madamsew.com/products/fusible-hem-tape-2-sizes
[7] https://www.reddit.com/r/sewing/comments/8b1ylz/help_finding_black_singlesided_permanent_ironon/
[8] https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php

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