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Thread: Basting gun ? Help !

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    Senior Member Quilter Day-by-Day's Avatar
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    Which is a better basting gun? I've been doing research with google and now I'm more confused than when I started. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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    I've looked at them in passing, but I dont have an answer for u....

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    I have the Avery Mark III tagging gun for fine fabrics and I really LOVE it!

    Before that, I had either the Collins or Dritz brand and the darn thing almost soured me on tagging guns forever. The needle jammed every time I tried to use it and the little key that holds the needle in place came out every chance it got.

    I got the one for fine fabrics along with the tags and extra needles on eBay and it works great. I use the 1/4" long barbs/tags and I put the needle down through the quilt and back up to the top before I pull the trigger so that both ends of the barb are on the top side of the quilt.

    The barbs hold better this way and they are easier to remove when you're quilting than when you just stab the needle down and pull the trigger.

    This is the gun I bought - this seller also has large lots of 1/4" barbs. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=260701109587

    The one disadvantage to these finer barbs is that I can't find them in anything but clear. I would love to use red or orange - some color that would stand out on a quilt top.

    I've sewn over quite a few of these things because they "hide," even when you rely on your sense of touch to see if you've gotten them all out of the way.

    Fortunately, it doesn't hurt your machine when you sew over them - even the fine needles just punch right through them. They're realllllly a pain to get out when they're sewn in, though! :D

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    i will have to give that a try

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    "Microstitch" by Avery Dennison. Very efficient, very small tacks leave no marks. There is a small tool to extract them. I've had mine a long while and use it all the time for basting together. You can get black or white tacks.

    http://www.fastener.averydennison.co...ct.aspx?id=222

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    I just bought the microstitch on Overstock.com. Just $25 incl shipping. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    Hmmmmm. I've wondered about these things. Very tempting. I'd like to hear more. Are they ez on your hands? do they really keep things together? How far apart do you put them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by knlsmith
    Hmmmmm. I've wondered about these things. Very tempting. I'd like to hear more. Are they ez on your hands? do they really keep things together? How far apart do you put them?
    Can't speak for other brands, but the Microstitch is very easy to use. I usually put a tack about 2 - 3 ins apart - depends on the size of the quilt and weight. And yes they do keep it altogether. The micro tacks for this are very small so the "bar" on them is very small therefore not allowing movement. I think the removal tool is essential though for removing them. I bought a spare needle when I got mine, but the original is still fine after several years.

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    I had the Dritz one too, and it never worked right. Mine was always jammed up too!

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    I wore out 2 dritz guns. That's why I'm trying this one.

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