Monday, May 5, 2014

Product Review: Mettler Web Bond TA 101 (Spray Adhesive)

So it looks like Mettler has gotten a little deeper into the Notions game with their spray adhesive.  Just about everyone knows Mettler for their thread, which is wonderful and very competitive with Aurifil and Gutterman.  I don't know how long this particular product has been out in general (probably a considerable while), but the shop has carried it for about 6 months and I thought it might be time to give it a review.  I am a spray adhesive girl.  I use it when I can in my quilting projects, and also in other crafts where I want to have a good, but non permanent fix.

Like most all other spray adhesives, it comes in aerosol form, not pump-spray form, which means it should have a fairly even spray distribution...and it delivers.  I found it to come out quickly, evenly and the spray itself was fairly thick.  Rather than coming out as a fine mist like a lot of other sprays, which can make it hard to see where you've sprayed and where you haven't, this comes out whitish and kind of webby and stringy. What I really liked about this, aside from it making me feel like Spiderman for a second, is the fact that I could actually clearly see where my spray had ended up on the fabric. Another bonus is that even where I had sprayed the fabric heavily, the adhesive remained on the fabric surface so there was no absorption into the fabric itself - meaning, no funky patches or color distortion on the right side of the piece.

Because the spray came out as a web instead of a mist, more adhesive came out per spray, which means a little goes a long way - it has a very strong stick.  I was able to leave a project alone for a few weeks without the pieces separating because the glue was weakening, so I was very pleased with that.  Also, despite the amount of glue coming out per spray, I found it to have a lower odor than other sprays.  Often aerosol sprays will have a very strong chemical smell due to the aerosol delivery, and can be off putting to the point where people don't want to use them.  While the smell of this one is still here, to my nose it seemed less stinky than the 501, 505 series of adhesive sprays that you commonly see out in the quilting world.

The only caveat?  This is not your best choice for spray basting a quilt you plan on free motion quilting.  Why?  Here is where it's super stickiness becomes a foe rather than will make you skip stitches like crazy if you use it as your basting spray for both quilt top and backing.  I was quilting along happily and noticed my machine was skipping stitches, particularly on the curves.  That immediately signaled "tension issue!" to me, so I fiddled with the tension.  Still skipped.  Changed my needle.  Still skipped.  Re-threaded my top thread AND bobbin.  Helped, but still skipped.  It took 2 wall hangings and some scientific method-level process of elimination, but after testing the different variables on a scrap piece of quilt sandwich, I found that the pieces that did NOT have any of the spray adhesive on it didn't have skipped stitches no matter how fast, slow, simply or intricately I was quilting.  I made a couple more quilt sandwiches with different adhesives, and it was the Mettler that seemed to have the skipping issue...the others (505, 501, 301, Dritz) did not.  I did find fewer skipped stitches when used on only one side (quilt top or backing) but not both.  My conclusion is that since it comes out fairly thick, and has such a strong adhesion, it is catching the thread as it moves in and out of the fabric, and preventing it from creating a correct stitch.

So overall, Mettler has put out a good spray adhesive product with low stink and high stick that lasts.  I will not be using it to spray baste a quilt again, but for all other purposes, I think it far surpasses Dritz and the 501, 505 and 301 series.


  1. Thank you for this review! I was getting so frustrated trying to figure out why my machine kept skipping stitches-I tried everything you did, I even took my machine in to be serviced. I had used the Mettler spray to baste other quilts, without a problem. For some reason, though, my most recent project has not worked well. I was able to satin stitch around the fused appliqué on the spray basted quilt without problem, but when I started free-motion quilting the rest of the piece, my machine skipped stitches. Thinking about it more, I can think of two possibilities: when I was satin stitching (without trouble), I was using a polyester thread, and when I switched to free-motion, I changed to a cotton thread; also, this project is smaller, so I when I spray basted it I did it on a table instead of the floor, so I probably sprayed too much. Did you use cotton or poly thread? Maybe the spray doesn't stick to poly as much as cotton. Since I already bought a second can, I will still use it, but more sparingly, and quilt with poly thread when I can. :)

    1. I use cotton for 90% of my quilting, and I was using cotton when it was skipping stitches too. I bet you're right - the poly is a smoother surface and the adhesive probably doesn't stick to it quite as much.

    2. How do you get the glue out of the fabric? I have washed a quilt 3 times and it is still there. Makes me sick because my granddaughter did the quilt! Please help!

    3. Take it to the dry cleaners

    4. Thinking about using it for lace appliques can u tell me will this show through the mesh or does it wash out? Thanks!!

    5. I have never used it for that purpose, so I could't say definitively. It MAY show through if applied heavily. I'm not sure how delicate your lace is, so that would be a factor for whether it shows through, ad whether you'd want to wash it to begin with. I would suggest doing a test on some cheap lace just to see.

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