Glues are essential for any workshop no matter what you are making. It brings projects together and adds strength and reinforcement when sewing is neither practical nor suitable. However, with the wide variety of adhesives and glue for leathergoods available, it can be rather sticky to discover the right one for you.
Adhesives may be interchangeable with different materials but when you are buying from Abbey, we want you to be confident with your purchasing decision. Read our quick guide below to assist you with choosing the right glue for the task. If you are struggling to differentiate between different types of adhesives and leather glue, we provide a quick summary of each of the adhesives’ properties and strengths and tips on how to apply.
Please note that many of the glues listed below are suitable to use on many different types of materials. When applying any adhesives make sure to follow any instructions provided and in some cases apply in a well ventilated room.
Explore our range of adhesives. From contact adhesives to water based adhesives, we stock a wide range of fabric glues, leather glues and wood glues for all your needs.
Solibond 949 is a solvent based polychloroprene contact adhesive. It is suitable for bonding leather to leather, plastic laminates to hardboard or wood as well as many rubber applications. This high strength glue is used in the footwear industry to bond leather, fabric and uppers to rubber. It has good heat resistance.
TOP TIP When sticking leather to leather, rub the surfaces to rough them up slightly before applying the glue. Make sure all surfaces are clean, dry and dust and grease free before applying a uniform coat on each surface. Leave until touch dry approx. 5-10 minutes before firmly holding the two surfaces together. Use Anglo Solvent No. 1 as cleaner.
Next we have Howstick 125/1. It’s a solvent based adhesive, specially designed for bonding leather and cloth materials to form either temporary or permanent bonds. For a temporary bond apply the adhesive to one surface and lay the other substrate into the adhesive whilst wet. For a more permanent bond, apply the adhesive to both surfaces. This high tack low strength glue is used in the saddlery and upholstery industry to fix leather in place whilst further work, such as stitching, needs to be done.
Leathercraft cement (Fiebing’s tanners bond adhesive) is a water based leather glue suitable for use on leathers and suede and also great for paper projects.
TOP TIP Let it dry overnight and apply clips or weights to ensure a strong bond. Great addition to any leathercraft workshop.
What fabric glue do you recommend?
We highly recommend 4224 spray glue for fabrics and foams. This fabric glue is great for bonding fabrics to fabrics as well as bonding fabrics to metal, wood and fibreglass. The 4224 adhesive is widely used in the upholstery, equestrian and bag industries. Good to use if you are gluing larger areas. When used to bond layers which will experience movement or tension, spray in two directions creating a criss-cross effect to ensure a stronger bond.
Howstick 441 glue dries quickly with a strong bonding application. Suitable for a range of surfaces including laminates, wood, metal, leather, rubber and fabrics. Similar to the Solibond 949 contact adhesive but the 441 is NOT suitable to use on plastic and non-porous materials. Great for natural materials like leather and wood. Mainly used in saddlery.
Pearl glue is used by traditional saddlers as edge stain. To use as glue soak overnight in one part pearl glue and three to four parts water. This glue is great for leather and traditionally used in upholstery repair work for joints on furniture. As a water based glue, it can be heated and the glue joints pulled apart.
What all-round adhesives do you recommend?
Latex 61 is a general purpose natural rubber latex adhesive. Ideally used in the footwear industry. As a water-based glue it becomes stronger as it dries and the water evaporates. Latex 61 can be easily be cleaned. The adhesive can be wiped off when wet or peeled when dry. Highly recommended for sticking foam to foam.