Does E6000 Work On Fabric? (Yes, But…)

If you’ve ever had to “glue” two things together, chances are that you’ve used e6000. It’s one of the most popular adhesives and is used almost everywhere – whether for repairs, crafts, or even in construction works. If you’re looking to use it on a piece of fabric, you may be wondering if it actually works. So, does e6000 work on fabric? Let’s find out together!

Can I use E6000 glue for fabric?

Yes, E6000 glue works on all types of fabric, including silk, cotton, wool, polyester, and so on. For the best results, use the fabric variant of E6000, the FABRIC-FUSE

The reason why E6000 is a good fabric glue is due to its strong bonding power. E6000 forms a strong bond that will not break down in the presence of moisture or humidity and will hold on tight through a washer and dryer cycle. So, it’s safe to say it’s water-resistant and safe for fabric. 

Does E6000 Work On Fabric

How to use E6000 on fabric

Follow the steps below to apply E6000 to fabric:

  1. E6000 has an unpleasant smell and is not good to breathe in, so ensure you use it in a well-ventilated area, ideally outdoors.
  2. Next, prepare the material. Wash the fabric and allow it to completely dry before attempting to use glue on it. Don’t apply the glue to a dirty cloth; otherwise, it won’t bond properly. 
  3. Remove the cap from the glue and pierce the foil.
  4. Then, apply the glue to the fabric. If you’re joining two sides, apply it to one or both sides and press them together. Then leave it to dry.
  5. It takes 24 hours for the glue to cure under normal conditions.
  6. Return the cap to the glue.

Does E6000 dry clear on fabric?

This depends on the type of E6000 you choose. For instance, the E6000 Fabric Fuse dries clear on fabric, making it an ideal choice for materials where you don’t want the adhesive to be visible. Once applied, the glue dries, leaving a clear finish that looks professionally done.

Another good thing about Fabric Fuse is that it doesn’t create any marks or leave behind any residue once it’s completely dried. The glue is also acid-free, low-odor, and can be applied to other materials besides clothing. 

How long does E6000 take to dry on fabric?

The drying time for E6000 on fabric can vary depending on factors such as temperature and humidity. However, as a general guideline, E6000 Fabric Fuse will begin to set within 10 minutes of application and will be fully cured within 24 to 72 hours.

It takes E6000 glue about 24 hours to dry on fabric. Notwithstanding, I suggest you wait the full drying time – over 48 hours. This will enable the fabric to completely dry and bond fully. After then, you can wash the fabric or use it. 

Now allowing the item to completely dry will weaken the bond and make it waterproof. Also, the part where you applied the glue will have a sticky residue. This means the bond can break when you wash it or submerge the material in water. 

To prevent this, allow the fabric to completely dry (which takes over 48 hours) before you use it for any purpose. 

Is E6000 flexible when dry?

Yes, E6000 is flexible when dry. In fact, unlike most non-fabric glues, it doesn’t cause bumps or bulges to form on the fabric. This allows the area where it’s applied to remain flexible and stretchy even after you wash the fabric. 

Is E6000 permanent on fabric?

Yes, it is. E6000 creates a permanent bond on fabric. The reason why this is possible is because of the components used in the adhesive. 

The use of tetrachloroethylene and other hydrocarbons in the formula ensures the bond created is rubber-based and stretchy. This allows it to be flexible and move with the material, so even when you wash the cloth, it doesn’t weaken. 

Can you use E6000 on jeans?

Yes, you can use E6000 glue on jeans. And don’t worry; it will hold up through machine washing. It is also dryer safe once fully dry and will expand or contract with the jean.

Do follow directions though, and let it sit for about 1or2 days for the glue to set in before wearing or washing.

There are other glues that you can use on jeans if you’re not comfortable using E6000, such as epoxy and PVA glue. 

If you don’t want to get your hands messy, you can try out Dritz Home Unique Stitch Adhesive. It comes in a toothpaste-like bottle which makes it easy to apply to the affected area of your jeans.

Gorilla fabric glue is also a solid option for anyone who wants an all-in-one adhesive solution. 

Does E6000 work on denim?

Yes, E6000 works well on denim, just like other types of fabric. So, it’s worth considering for your creative projects where you need to use different types of denim ranging from raw denim to 100 percent cotton fabric. Common use cases are when you have patches you need to attach or fraying hems that need to be mended.

However, the method of application is important.

If you want to use E6000 glue on denim, you can apply it to the back of a patch and place it wherever you like on the denim. Press down hard to fasten it and let it completely dry before wearing.

Besides E6000, there are other glues that you can use on denim. Some of them include PVA glue (Elmer’s glue or craft glue), Gorilla Fabric Glue, and Epoxy.

E6000 alternatives for fabric

While E6000 is great for fabric, there are other options you may consider if you’re looking for an alternative. 

Aleene’s Fabric Fusion: This is a fabric glue that is specifically designed for use on fabric. Like the Fabric Fuse, it dries clear and remains flexible when dry.

Beacon Fabri-Tac: This is another good alternative to E6000 for fabric. It doesn’t only work on fabric but also leather and denim. Like E6000, it dries clear and maintains its flexibility, which is why it works so well on fabric.

Gorilla Super Glue Gel: This one is not specifically designed for fabric, but it’s still worth considering because it works so well. It dries very fast and creates a strong, permanent bond. The only reason why I may not recommend it is because it’s not as flexible as the other options. So, only use it for fabric you don’t plan to wash frequently.

3M Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive: As the name suggests, Super 77 is designed for use on different materials, including fabric. It comes in an aerosol can, which makes it easy to apply. As you would expect, it creates a durable bond that can be repositioned for up to 15 minutes before it sets.

Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue: Aleene’s tacky glue can be used for a variety of materials. Like E6000, it is clear when dry and remains flexible with the fabric. 


To conclude, E6000 does work on fabric glue as long as you use the correct glue and the right fabric. Specifically, the E6000 Fabric Fuse is designed for use on fabric. Fabric Fuse dries clear and remains flexible when dry, making it ideal for clothing repairs, crafting, and other fabric projects.

Overall, using E6000 on fabric is a great choice for creating strong, permanent bonds that will stand the test of time. With proper application and care, you can achieve professional-looking results.