Does Heat N Bond Soften After Washing?

It provides strong and durable seams, while also offering a soft and smooth finish to your garments. When using Madeira Aerolock thread with Heat N Bond, a popular adhesive for bonding fabrics, many wonder if the bond will soften after washing. The answer to this question depends on a few factors, including the specific type of Heat N Bond used and the fabric it’s bonded to. Generally, Heat N Bond doesn’t soften or lose it’s adhesive properties after washing, as long as it’s applied correctly and the fabric care instructions are followed. However, it’s always recommended to test a small, inconspicuous area before applying Heat N Bond to a larger project, as some fabrics may react differently to the adhesive.

Is Heat N Bond Machine Washable?

Heat N Bond is a popular adhesive product used in various crafting and sewing projects. Many people wonder if it’s machine washable, particularly if they’ve used it to bond fabric together. The answer is dependent on the specific type of Heat N Bond that’s been used.

There are different variants of Heat N Bond available on the market, and some are designed to be washable while others are not. It’s important to carefully read the product labels and instructions to determine the washability of a specific type of Heat N Bond.

It’s a lightweight adhesive designed for temporary bonding purposes. Therefore, if you’ve used Heat N Bond Lite in your project, it’s advisable to avoid washing the item to maintain the adhesive integrity.

When it comes to thread, Madeira Aerolock Premium Serger thread is an excellent choice for projects that require durability and frequent washing. Made of 100% core-spun polyester, this thread is specifically designed to last through multiple washes and withstand strains. It’s perfect for use in sergers/overlock and coverlock machines, such as the Janome CoverPro family of machines.

How to Remove Heat N Bond From Fabric if Necessary

  • First, prepare a clean working area and gather the necessary tools.
  • Place the fabric with the Heat N Bond adhesive side up on the working area.
  • Using a pressing cloth, cover the Heat N Bond area you want to remove.
  • Set your iron to the lowest temperature possible and preheat it.
  • Place the heated iron on top of the pressing cloth and hold it for a few seconds.
  • Remove the iron and gently peel off the pressing cloth to check if the adhesive is melting.
  • If the adhesive is melting, continue peeling off the pressing cloth slowly.
  • Use tweezers or your fingers to remove any remaining adhesive residue.
  • If the adhesive isn’t melting, increase the temperature slightly and repeat the process.
  • Be cautious not to overheat the fabric as it can cause damage.
  • Continue this process until all the Heat N Bond adhesive is removed from the fabric.
  • Once the adhesive is removed, clean the fabric with a mild detergent to remove any residue.
  • Allow the fabric to air dry or follow the care instructions for laundering.


Many crafters and sewists rely on this product for it’s ability to provide a strong bond between fabrics without the need for sewing. Further research and experimentation may be necessary to determine the true effects of washing on Heat N Bond and it’s impact on the overall quality and durability of a project. It’s always advisable to follow the manufacturer's instructions and use proper washing techniques to maintain the integrity of your creations.

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