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Thread: Elmers Glue for Basting?

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    Unhappy Elmers Glue for Basting?

    I read there are some who use Elmers for basting so, I decided to try it.
    I basted with it, however, there are "wet"spots all over where the glue
    came through.
    Is this going to show and have to be washed or will it go away. It seems
    to me that some of the spots are dry but still show.
    Did I do something wrong or is lthis what it does?
    It is the school glue.
    Your replys will be appreciated.
    Elaine
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    I am curious to see the replies. I have been hesistant about using elmer's school glue, worried from not washing out - to gumming up my machine when sewing the binding on. I hope it is an easy fix.
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    I have not had any problems with glue washing out, as long as it's Elmer's "Washable" school glue. I have run into school glue (an off brand, not Elmer's) that I did have problems with, and it wasn't labelled washable. So I stick with the Elmer's washable.

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    I does that when you get a glob of glue in one spot. It will come out when you wash. Never had a problem with the machine or needle with it.
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    I have friends that use it a lot for binding, basting it to hold in place prior to final machine stitching. they love it. i think maybe you need to use a little less. And it can be thinned with water

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    I have friends that use it a lot for binding, basting it to hold in place prior to final machine stitching. they love it. i think maybe you need to use a little less. And it can be thinned with water
    I also used for binding and had no trouble. You need to apply very thin and then then use your iron to heat set it. It also helps if you have a small nozzle attachment on the glue bottle so the glue comes out in a very fine thin line. Purchased mine on line a some craft store....sorry I don't remember where. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dott443 View Post
    I also used for binding and had no trouble. You need to apply very thin and then then use your iron to heat set it. It also helps if you have a small nozzle attachment on the glue bottle so the glue comes out in a very fine thin line. Purchased mine on line a some craft store....sorry I don't remember where. Hope this helps!
    I guess I'll have to wash before gifting then because it is now dry and there are spots everywhere.
    I guess I used too much. Should have stayed with my 505 spray.
    Thanks for all your input. I appreciate it.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    I also like Elmer's (washable) school glue....it works well to use dots of glue rather than a continuous line. This probably would reduce the amount of glue used. I have had no problems with the needle gumming up and so on.

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    I use Elmer's WASHABLE school glue on my bindings and heat set with iron all the time and have not had a problem with washing out OR any problem gumming up my needle or anything like that. I started using it after watching Sharon Schamber's you tube video on bindings and I figure SHE (!) should know! LOL
    I love it; it works for me:-0

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    I don't care for the white glue but I do use their glue sticks for applique and basting. I was just recently turned on to using the glue and so far no issues. If anyone has any real issues...I sure hope they post about it because I do worry a little that it might yellow later on down the road.
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