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Thread: Basting with glue

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    Senior Member rj.neihart's Avatar
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    I use the Elmers School Glue all the time, especially for my binding. I then iron it on, lightly. then I hand stitch the binding, and eventually wash the quilt. It all washes out in the end.

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    Does anyone have the address that showed using Elmers, I thought I saved it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    Gals-- I think we're really dating ourselves with our memories! If I'm remembering correctly, the "glue" in the bottle with the rubber thingy on top was called mucilage, wasn't it?
    Yes. It was called "mucilage." My Dad loved to use that stuff.
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    After reading all the posts about this glue I decided to try another application. I recently made several of Joan Hawley's Runabout purses and I used the glue to hold the handles in place so that I could get them right on the outside edge butting against the seam and not have to pin through several layers of fabric and batting. Worked like a charm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by alleyoop1 View Post
    I don't know about the rest of you but when I was in grade school (called elementary back then!) we used LePage's glue. It was golden color and was dispensed out of a rubber top with a slit in it. Elmer's didn't come out until later.
    Now that you mention it, I remember the rubber top with the slit in it. Just shows how old we are. LOL
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    I used the Elmer's spray and then found out it is waterproof! So don't use it! I was really upset since the quilt was for my new gr-grandson. But I gave it to them anyway. I saw it the other day, and after it was washed it was ok, just a little stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I still pin baste my quilts. I do it on my glass topped dining table and I make larger quilts and I have to move them to different sections to get them all pinned. I don't think the glue basting would work very well with my set up.
    I do think glue basting would work well for matching intersections when sewing long rows to each other. I could see right away that they are matchine up as they should. I will try it. Thanks for all the helpful hints.
    Jingle, I too always either pin or sew basted my quilts and it was my least favorite part of quilting. I finally spread a large quilt over a table and spray basted it, following it with Pinmoors...you can look them up. I found out about them on this board. I then proceeded to freemotion quilt on my sewing machine...nothing budged!!! I'll NEVER pin or sew baste again...and I think the spray basting is faster than the gluing.

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    Spray baste...it will knock your socks off! Easy and effective. BTW..I just pieced a real pain in the neck quilt with lots of seams meeting. I used the school glue instead of pins on the seams. My accuracy rate shot through the ceiling. Love the school glue for piecing and the spray basting for basting.

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    I am in the process of quilting a quilt after basting with Elmers glue. So far so good.

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    I'm giving a demo on using glue at out next meeting. I bought a bottle of Roxanne's GLUE-BASTE IT. The small bottle costs $4.50, and the larger bottle (4 times as much) costs $9.00. The larger bottle comes with two long metal applicators so you can get a nice thin line of glue, a cap for them, and a spout "cleaner outer". Of course if the spout needs much cleaning, whatever is in it can be washed out. I expect when that bottle is gone I will fill it with Elmer's School Glue.

    I tried it on several projects to prepare for my demo. Last Saturday at 4:00 I pulled a comfort quilt top (40X60 for the hospital comfort cart) out of the closet, and laid it on the bed. I put the back down and smoothed the batt on. I folded the batt back half way and put drops of glue every six inches or so and smoothed it back. Then I did the other half. The top was done in the same manner, but I used the iron to start the drying process. The bed is soft, so I just held the iron over the spots for a few seconds. I left the quilt set while I prepared the binding. Then I sewed the binding on, and did some machine quilting. NO PINS! I was almost finished with the quilt before supper. I left the binding closing and one corner to do at the demo.

    This is so much fun.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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