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Thread: Calling all US/UK Elmer Glue users - is there a UK version of Elmers?

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    Calling all US/UK Elmer Glue users - is there a UK version of Elmers?

    Hi everyone

    I would like to try Elmers glue for basting a few trial pieces to practise my FMQ on (my first attempts at FMQ have been mortifingly awful - really bad).

    So, the only reasonably priced (inc Shipping) was Elmers Washable Blue Gel glue on Ebay US - is this the right version to try.

    OR has anyone identified a UK version?

    Thanks Ellie (the worst FMQ in Europe if not the world)

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    Elmer's is a white, water soluble glue that kids use in school.

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    I found this thread on the topic:
    where can we get Elmers glue in England?

    Here is a link to what we normally use in the U.S.:
    http://www.amazon.com/Elmers-Washabl...dp/B000Q3KHCM/
    The key points here are that it is white and washable (meaning it washes out of little kids' clothing!).

    Here is a link to Elmer's washable blue gel glue:
    http://www.amazon.com/Elmers-Washabl...hable+blue+gel
    Is that the one you are looking at? It seems to me it would work too, but I haven't tried it myself so don't know for sure. Seems to me it would be safer to order the white school glue that most of us use.

    Edit: I know in the thread there was some talk about mailing the glue to the U.K. However, I'm not sure this is possible nowadays because of all the restrictions on liquids in postal packages.

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    It's available on Amazon UK.
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...rs+school+glue

    Edit: FYI Amazon UK also sells 505 spray, etc.

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    Some quilt stores sell Roxanne's GLUE-BASTE-IT. Very expensive - $9.00 for a 4 oz. bottle. But it comes with two metal applicator tubes with a cap, and a tube cleaner outer. The thin tubes really help to get a thin line of glue onto where you want it. You don't need much. When my bottle is empty, I will be refilling it with Elmer's School Glue.

    Here is a tutorial I found.
    Two most important things to remember:
    -glue MUST be Elmer’s School Glue (because it is washable)
    -glue must be 100% dry before you start quilting
    Lay your backing on the table and straighten. Lay your batting on the backing and straighten. Lay your quilt top on the backing. If the quilt is too large to fit on the table, center it as much as possible. Find which way you have the least amount of hanging over the table. I usually put the width of my quilt to be the lengthof my table (60”). Using safety pins, pin your quilt through the middle of the quilt widthwise. Roll the top on one half to the safety pins. Move the roll of the quilt all the way to the edge of the table leaving a large area of batting exposed to give yourself more working area. Apply Elmer’s School Glue I thin lines, or drizzles on the bating in the width of 12”-18”. I make a grid about 2”-3” apart. Fold the top over the glue and straighten with your hands from the middle outwards. Keep doing this until you reach the top edge of the quilt. At this point, the glue has not set yet. Straighten your top with your hands, removing any possible imperfections. Dry by pressing with dry iron. Some people do not do this, but rather leave it to dry overnight, but I am the impatient kind and I use my iron. Repeat the same procedure with the other half of the quilt. Once it is COMPLETELY dry, remove the safety pins and turn the quilt sandwich so the backing is facing up. Straighten your backing again. And repeat the same procedure as with the quilt top. If you will be applying your binding by hand, go easy on the glue at the quilt edges. Although it does not bother the machine needle one bit, it can be tough to get the hand sewing needle through it. I just use a metal thimble, since I cannot seam to go easy on the glue. Wash the quilt after your are done to get rid of the glue. Basting your quilt this way, will make sure that both your top and your backing are straight. Batting that has good consistency, such as W&N, works the best. I hope this helps. Happy Quilting!


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    If you have any questions regarding the tutorial I just posted, please do not hesitate to send me a PM. Good luck!
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    Any glue marked as school glue that will wash out of fabrics should work. I have used brands other than Elmers that worked just fine. In fact, here in the states, Walmart sells a 4 oz bottle of white school glue (not Elmers) for .34 that works just like Elmers; I've used it several times. Perhaps you can find a similar product in the shops in the UK.

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    Mimiqwerty is right. Any washable glue that is not toxic should work. Whatever washable glue little kids use in the UK should work. Try it on a potholder and see how it works.

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    Do you have a glue called aquadhere, that is the same thing. Elmers glue is a white glue that dissolves in water.

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