I use hot glue for most of what I do, lining clips, tux bows etc. I sew all of my bigger bows though. I haven't really tried anything else since this has worked so well for me so far. Are you using a high temp glue gun? If not, that may help. The only other glue I use on occasion is for attaching jewel embellishments since I find the glue gun can be too messy to attach smaller gems and the jewel glue holds better in my experience.