About Secure Stitch
Secure Stitch is an As Seen on TV fabric glue that promises to instantly bond all fabrics without the hassle of having to use a need and thread to make a repair.
The product is a big draw because it’s so easy to use – you can apply it in seconds with an easy-to-use applicator.
“Introducing Secure Stitch, the brilliant liquid sewing solution that repairs tears in a flash, mends holes and hems close instantly. Incredible! Just squeeze and mend with ease for a super-strong bond that lasts,” a promo video on the site claims.
The product is part of Allstar Products Group’s As Seen on TV lineup. The company is behind some well-known products like the Snuggie and the Simply Fit Board.
In this review, we’ll talk about how the product works, discuss the difference between sewing something and bonding it with Secure Stitch and then we’ll discuss the product’s pricing and return policies.
How Secure Stitch Works
Let’s say you’re driving to an important job interview and you stop for gas on the way. You pop inside for an energy drink and, on the way out, your clothes snag on the door handle and you end up with a noticeable tear along the seam. What do you do?
Reach into your glove box and grab your Secure Stitch, take the cap off your bottle and then either use the bottle tip or an applicator to carefully bead the liquid along the tear line. Once you’ve laid down the adhesive, you’ll press both sides of the torn fabric together. It’s that easy, the company says.
Now, there are no specific directions about how long you should hold the fabric together – promo videos make it seem like you can press the fabric together along the tear line for just a second or two and it’s good to go.
We called the product’s customer service line to clarify how long you should hold the fabric together but the phone number did not work. Our suggestion would be to hold the two sides of the fabric until they don’t seem to spread apart at all when you take pressure off.
It’s also possible to use this product to hem or alter clothes. Clips you get with your purchase (more on that later) can help you hold the fabric in place as you measure, make adjustments and bond it together.
We’ve mentioned fabrics up to this point but, according to the product’s website, Secure Stitch can work on all sorts of material including leather, ceramic and acrylic. They even recommend using it for crafting.
In fact, when you make your order you’ll receive two types of Secure Stitch: fabric and synthetic. One works best on all fabrics while the other is best-suited for synthetic fabrics.
Pro tip: The bond Secure Stitch creates is “washer and dryer proof.” Also of note is that the adhesive won’t stick to your skin or work surfaces, the site claims.
Secure Stitch’s Technology
The product claims it works so well because it is a nano-bond polymer, which means the gel gets in between torn fibers and “stitches” them together on a very granular level.
“Nano-bond” refers to the way it can bond tiny fibers and “polymer” means that it’s a plastic-type material.
According to LiveScience, polymers are pretty pervasive in everyday life.
“Polymers are used in almost every area of modern living. Grocery bags, soda and water bottles, textile fibers, phones, computers, food packaging, auto parts, and toys all contain polymers,” the site notes.
The site doesn’t list exactly what kind of polymer Secure Stitch is, nor did we find any mentions of how the product proprietary.
Secure Stitch Pricing, Returns, and Warranty
At the time of publishing, you could buy one Secure Stitch set for $19.99 plus $4.99 for shipping and handling.
One kit includes the following items:
- Two bottles of fabric adhesive
- One bottle of synthetic adhesive
- One applicator
- Two on-the-go bottles
- Two measuring clips
You also have the option of buying a second set for the cost of shipping, putting your total for two sets at $29.97.
The site doesn’t specify if the on-the-go bottles are for all fabrics or synthetics. We couldn’t get clarity on the issue because the customer service line was not in service when we called.
We did a quick review of the company’s return policy and found that you have 30 days from the day that you receive the product to return it.
To start the return process, you’ll need to contact the company at 800-374-5063. They will give you a return authorization number you’ll need to write on the outside of the box. The phone rep will give you further instructions about how to complete your return.
Keep in mind that you’ll have to pay the cost of return shipping, which shouldn’t cost you more than $3.75 for USPS’s first-class mail option.
How Secure Stitch Compares to Other Liquid Stitch Products
Secure Stitch is one of many different products that claim to offer a quick fix for projects that would normally require a needle and thread or a sewing machine.
We took a quick look at the highest-rated fabric adhesives on Amazon and found that Dritz Liquid Stitch Fabric Mender earned an average of 3.8 stars from 30 reviewers at the time of publishing.
The tube contains 1.69 fl. oz. of the bonding agent. We weren’t able to find out how much Secure Stitch comes in a tube, so we can’t provide a comparison.
What we do know is that Secure Stitch is $29.99 and Dritz Liquid Stitch is $7.13.
The next highest-rated fabric bonder was Therm O Web Fabric Fuse, which was $4.97 for a 2.1 fl. ox. tube. Twenty reviewers gave it an average rating of 3.8 stars.
Normally, we’d compare the reviews of these products with those of Secure Stitch. However, because Secure Stitch is a new product, it doesn’t have many reviews.
Based on our research of competing fabric bonders, we believe there’s a good chance what we saw on Amazon could be just as good as Secure Stitch considering that both products received relatively good reviews from actual users.
The Final Word: Summing Up Secure Stitch
We believe that Secure Stitch could be a good fit for someone who has a knack for catching their close on things and tearing them, or who, for some reason or another, have a wardrobe that’s becoming too small and doesn’t have the funds to replace all their existing clothes.
Because Secure Stitch offers two sets of their polymers, you could conceivably have enough bottles of the stuff to put one at home, one in the office and one in your cards. Doing so means you’re prepared for just about any fabric emergency that pops up.
However, keep in mind that the lack of reviews of this product means that we can’t really get a good read on how well the polymer bonds work. If this worries you, we suggest trying it out as soon as you receive the product in the mail. If you aren’t satisfied, remember that you have 30 days from the day the set was delivered to make a return.
Another tip we have is to call the customer service number before you make a purchase, as the number the website advertised was not functioning at the time of publishing. If you discover the same scenario, it may be best for you to purchase a liquid stitch product from a site with trusted customer service – Amazon is a strong option.