Seamstick 1/4" Basting Tape for Canvas & Upholstery (50 yds.)
This is a double-sided acrylic adhesive that bonds well with coarse canvas fabrics like Sunbrella®, Top Notch® or Top Gun®, as well as most home décor fabrics. Basting prior to sewing prevents feeding problems and provides more accurate, even hems and water-resistant seams. Basting tapes are left permanently in place and are invisible. If any needle gumming occurs while sewing, intermittently clean the needle with an alcohol swab or an adhesive remover. The "Basting Tape Selection Tips" PDF document below details all the materials this basting tape can be used on.
The narrow width of this 1/4-inch basting tape makes it perfect for use with zippers. The tape will stick well and is the perfect width to keep it away from the zipper's teeth. It is also excellent for attaching a cushion's boxing to the plate and piping in upholstery work.
Ratings & Reviews
Loved the tape!!!!
I thought this stuff was awesome. I just got done helping a friend sew up a sail using a kit from Sailrite. It was my first time to do any of this work though I've sewn my whole life, (50 years). Wow did this stuff make the job easier. We used the 1/4" for hems as well. It worked on everything we needed it for.
Fantastic-Prevents Creep and Eliminates Pins
by Michael -
I am a neophyte at sewing but wanted to repair the canvas on my boat myself. Pinning the heavy material is difficult and doesn't prevent creep between the layers. This basting tape is great! It eliminates the need for pins and can be used to align many pieces of fabric and hold them in place while you sew.
Where have you been all my life!
by wet-fish -
I can't say enough good stuff about this basting tape. I wish I had known about this years ago. It seriously makes sewing some of the larger projects a breeze, saving a lot of time. One roll lasted for all the cushions on a Catalina 22, and some extras.
1/4" basting tape
It is great. Not too sticky that the needle gums up. Makes seams easy and professional looking
Makes sewing easy!
by Jared -
Using the basting tape can really simplify sewing together cushions- or any project. I would say applying the tape takes about the same amount of time as walking the edges of the material to ensure everything lines up as expected. It gives you total peace of mind and you can sew much faster. I've elected to use a 1/2inch seam allowance so the 1/4 basting tape is safely out of reach.
Wouldn't sew without it.
by Beth -
Wish I had discovered this long ago. Its so much easier sewing complicated seams when you can stick both pieces together, check the fit, and make any adjustments. So much easier than pins. I've also been using it when pattern making to keep my patterning material from moving around.
by Rick -
fast shipping to Hawaii....
wow, so easy
by Richard -
never knew it could be so easy , tearing end works great
Cheap assurance for a high quality finish.
by Jared -
This is my follow up review after finishing my cushion project on my well aged 1990 Catalina 30. I used this basting tap to re cover 13 cushions. I can complete about 2 cushions per day- and I will say this basting tape certainly simplifies the sewing process. While watching the Sailrite how-to videos you can see most of the pro seamstresses elect to not use the basting tape. I have found however that using the basting tape creates a more accurate product in the same amount of time and reduces the uncertainty while sewing. Originally I used this to baste together my cushion boxes to the plates but I've slowly discovered other uses. My C30 has a "keystone" cushion which is staples to a piece of plywood. I was able to use the basting tape to temporarily attach the underlining material directly to the plywood. This facilitated the whole process because it was much easier to staple the Sunbrella material to the plywood while having the underlining material already secured in place. One roll of this ALMOST lasted enough to create 13 cushions for my project. I ended up ordering a second spool to finish my projects. The price point is rock bottom so I wasnt worried about spending the cash. Also one tip for usage: it works much better if you apply sufficient pressure to the tape after youve applied. Its easy to rapidly place the tape in the right position- but when you do that you "skip" pressing a few inches here and there. I go over the tape with my finger after its been applied and this results in a significantly stronger hold.
by Vince G. -
How can you sew a seam without this tape?
I can't. This tape is great and I've gone through about 8 rolls in my project.
Order more than you think you need, because it stinks running out and waiting for more.
Must have, time saver.
by Chris B -
I am new to sewing and I bought a roll of this because it was recommended in the videos I watched. I had no idea how difficult it could be to keep the fabrics lined up to each other during a long straight stitch. Using the basting tape eliminates the need to control this and makes a project simpler and easier.
Awesome tape for quite a variety of projects
by Margaret -
This tape is AWESOME. I'd bought it for a specific project, replacing the zipper in a parka, but haven't gotten around to doing that yet. I had an appliqué project, and thought, pinning this is going to distort it badly, so I tried the tape. PERFECT. I see lots of this tape in my future!
Toxic Odor on Seamstick Product
by M Hostnick -
The seamstick has a strong odor of like formaldehyde or whatever the glue is made of. So strong my eyes burned and my nostrils and throat burned and permeates the room we had stored it in. We had to move it outside in plastic bag under screened porch. Could still smell odor through bag. We had to return the product. Previously in 2016 ordered the same product. No smell and the product performed beautifully. Am disappointed in the product I purchased in 2017. If product didn't have odor, I would order again.
Stuck on this stuff
by murph990 -
This is a great sewing aid.... especially for beginners or slippery fabrics. The 1/4 inch wide tape provides adequate adhesion and is more easily totally enclosed in the seam than the wider tapes. It's important to totally enclose the tape because it can leave some sticky residue if left exposed. I used this on my boat re-upholstery job and think it might even aid in keeping water out of the seams....at least it can't.... hurt and made seam alignment much easier..
Sometimes being tacky is good!
by Linda Sweeting -
I find this size tape easier to work with and it is easier for me to peel the tape off of. It's just the right size for zippers and fits nicely in the seam allowance to hold Sunbrella and other fabric pieces together, especially if your seams aren't always perfectly straight.
If you are sewing a long run this is indespensible!
by Judy Louise -
Absolutely the best basting tape I have ever used. Highly recommend.
by Blaine southward -
Good but there's better
by Blaine southward -
Press-snap tool has more uses.
by Blaine southward
Sews easily with #16 needle. Scratches easily,too. Be careful!
by Debra Burke -
I am a beginner sewer and purchased the tape to help me with sewing a zipper into a cushion for the boat. Worked great for me.
I love using this when working with zippers.
by Karena Donohue -
Great for zippers and binding
try it; you'll like it
by Theresa -
I love this stuff for zippers and corners. It improves the appearance of the finished product and gives me confidence that I've done my best.
Great product, don't sew without it.
by Yankee -
I would not ever sew without it again. It made my awning project so much easier. The only issue is it gunks up the need a little but a little alcohol on a cotton ball fixes that pretty quicking
Use for zippers and binding bias on inside circles.
by Gina -
Seamstick works well for holding zippers in place. For a bimini binding bias was applied to the pin (post) side of a finished zipper to give a more finished look. Seamstick applied to the binding bias held the zipper in place then the zipper was stitched over the stitches holding the binding bias in place. This method is fairly easy to accomplish and looks good too.
A better use, at least for my blood pressure, is to hold bias binding in place around a semicircle. Our boat has a handrail on the top of the cabin which goes through the dodger fabric. We cut a slot out using a 1 1/4" hole punch to make the top of the slot. Both sides of binding bias had seamstick applied on the underside. The binding bias had both sides of the seamstick exposed and was applied following the slot at the same time. It worked well, I would use this method again.