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Thread: Basting Sprays

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    Trying to keep myself from being down on the hard floor taping and pinning my layers - so questions about those basting sprays I've heard about her on the board -

    1) Which brand is best?

    2) Easier on my body than taping & pinning?

    3) Can it be done indoors?

    4) Is there a lingering odor?

    5) Will it stain my fabrics?

    6) Must the quilt be washed after use?

    7) How long will it stay basted, if I want to fold & pack & tote it around for a couple of weeks while working on it while traveling?

    8) Must I use something on the floor or wall for protection - or will any overspray have to be washed off floors or walls?

    Thanks for any help! I'm really trying to save my back & knees!

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    Those are great questions! I always worried about the overspray. I'll be watching this for answers! Looking to save my back and knees too!

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    The consensus is that 505 is the best. Definitely easier on the body than pinning. It can be done indoors *but* provide good ventilation; all aerosols have products that are probably best not inhaled for any longer than necessary. 505 does not have a lingering odor but some of the other sprays do. I haven't heard of 505 ever staining a quilt; some unusual brands or very old cans seem to have problems. The quilt doesn't have to be washed after spray basting but it's probably a good idea just from the standpoint of removing chemicals from the fabric. My spray-basted quilts have stayed fine for many months; some people like to safety pin the edges for extra security. I advise using a sheet to catch overspray; just throw the sheet in the laundry afterwards.

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    i have 3large,full cans ofbasting sprays...2 june tailor,1sullivans.the problem is that they were bought before y husband died in '91.have not even turned on my machines up until my bf "nagged me into quilting again !do i dare use them,should i test them on something just to be sure they won't ruin something ?or just pitch them ?i really want to try the 505,but hate to throw the rest away !!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The consensus is that 505 is the best. Definitely easier on the body than pinning. It can be done indoors *but* provide good ventilation; all aerosols have products that are probably best not inhaled for any longer than necessary. 505 does not have a lingering odor but some of the other sprays do. I haven't heard of 505 ever staining a quilt; some unusual brands or very old cans seem to have problems. The quilt doesn't have to be washed after spray basting but it's probably a good idea just from the standpoint of removing chemicals from the fabric. My spray-basted quilts have stayed fine for many months; some people like to safety pin the edges for extra security. I advise using a sheet to catch overspray; just throw the sheet in the laundry afterwards.
    Thank you very much for the info!

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    as for the old cans you have...test them on something small...they should be fine, but better safe than sorry. they may not (spray) so well anymore, ya know...spit blobs...so try them out before just pitching.
    and, as far as the other questions...
    if you are making a quilt someone else is going to wash...don't you think you should be the first one to wash it? just to make sure it comes out the way it should? i never let a quilt go that i have not washed after i finished it. unless it's a wall hanging not meant to be washed. that way if anything runs, or a seam comes loose, or whatever may happen happens to me...not the person who's going to freak right out..and i can remedy any issue before it goes. so if i use a basting spray (i don't) i would wash it out before the quilt goes onto a bed or out the door.
    i seldom prewash my fabrics, but i ALWAYS wash a finished quilt, in what ever way i think the person getting the quilt is going to care for it. if it's for a kid, it's going to get washed alot...i want to know it's going to go through the wash and dryer ok before i give it to a kid who's going to be heart broken if something happens to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dar627742
    i have 3large,full cans ofbasting sprays...2 june tailor,1sullivans.the problem is that they were bought before y husband died in '91. should i test them on something just to be sure they won't ruin something ?or just pitch them ?i really want to try the 505,but hate to throw the rest away !!
    It does sound like you're concerned about these.
    If it were me, I'd call the company and ask them (1. they won't know 2. they'll send you coupons for $$ off. 3. Maybe they'll send you new ones :) )
    Next I would try them on something.
    Last I would dispose of them...they're 9 years old and I wouldn't want to waste my sewing/quilting time on something that's 9 years old and may ruin my work.
    Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LUV2QLT
    Trying to keep myself from being down on the hard floor taping and pinning my layers - so questions about those basting sprays I've heard about her on the board -

    1) Which brand is best?

    I've use June Tailors with no problems, not tried 505 yet.

    2) Easier on my body than taping & pinning?

    Most definitely!!!!

    3) Can it be done indoors?

    Yes. I do it in my LR with the windows open.

    4) Is there a lingering odor?

    Little, not bad though, goes away fast especially if windows are open.

    5) Will it stain my fabrics?

    Haven't had that problem.

    6) Must the quilt be washed after use?

    I always wash a quilt before I give it to someone. Its the just incase thing with me.

    7) How long will it stay basted, if I want to fold & pack & tote it around for a couple of weeks while working on it while traveling?

    Should not be a problem. The one thing I do do is pin around my borders. It helps in keep everything nice a taut.


    8) Must I use something on the floor or wall for protection - or will any overspray have to be washed off floors or walls?

    I usually put down an old sheet then start my layers. I've never gotten it on the walls. I'm spraying in a downward pattern so no overspray.


    Thanks for any help! I'm really trying to save my back & knees!

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    I tried basting spray once expecting to make a mess and hate it but I LOVED IT! I used June Tailor because that was what Walmart had. I may try the 505 because I hear so much good stuff about it.

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    505 is what I always use too, but I also bought these ratcheting clamps at home depot and now sandwich on my table much easier and no back pain!!

    They cost about $6 each, I have 4 and want 2 more.
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