Been tryingt o learn and teach myself with the glowforge and doing leather patches for hats. I have gotten good and sewing, laser, designing etc etc.
But I have two problems that arose that I cannot figure out.
Some of my hats do not require stitching and I have failed at finding a superb adhesive/glue/Bonding agent that will hold this patch onto hat no matter the weather and cannot be just simple peeled off with your hands.
From contact cement, leather and suede glue, leather weld, fabric adhesive, super glue etc. I don’t trust any of it to hold the patch on.
Also, on one of my hunts I was wearing a hat I made for myself and the rain just destroyed the patch. The adhesive turned white and came undone, the laser design got water inside and wilted the patch etc.
I have tried saddle soap, leather protect, resolene, leather sheen etc. and seems like waters in issue?
I am using quality tooling Nat veg tan leather, applying leather dye, and then a protective finish. Looks great but not great for weather.
I have an upcoming order of 200 hats and need to be confident?
Thank you for any advice from anyone smarter or farther along the road then me.
I don’t really care if the adhesive/glue is leather o r fabric related but need one tough son of a gun that I can trust.