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Thread: Elmer's school glue for binding

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    Elmer's school glue for binding

    I have a difficult time pinning the binding onto the quilt. I've read that some of you use Elmer's School Glue and press it down to dry the glue. I thought this might be a little easier for me since I have RA and my hands are not very dextrous. (Heck, they don't work very well at all.)

    The binding is sewn to the back of the quilt and now I have one edge turned and pressed to the front of the quilt, but I'm having trouble mitering the corner. Anyone have any tips or tricks to get a neat mitre when turning the corner? Do you glue and press in line, then turn in the mitre, glue and press again and then finally turn the corner and start gluing/pressing along the second side?

    I have to add that all my binding is sewn by machine. I can't handstitch anymore.

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    Here's the video for Sharon Schamber's binding method with Elmer's glue:
    I see they combined all parts into one video.

    You can pick and choose the portions of the video you want to use.

    But using the glue would also make it much easier to keep the binding in place while you machine stitch it down (if hand stitching is no longer an option or you prefer that way).

    No pins or binder clips needed.
    Just make sure the Elmer's is the washable kind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by MTS; 10-18-2012 at 11:17 AM.

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    Do try the Sharon Schamber's method, with the Elmer's School Glue! It's sooooooo much easier!
    Neesie


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    MTS and Neesie, thank you both . I just watched Sharon's video and picked up a few tips. I'm off to try it now.

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    I have hand problems too...I think I am going to try this method with my next binding.

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    Elmers School Glue is wonderful, just sandwiched my 4th quilt with it......
    Yes that is a real picture of my hometown Temecula, California. We feature premiere Wineries, World Class Golf Courses, Pechanga Indian Casino and Hot Air Balloons

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    I agree with everyone. I tried Sharon Schamber's method after reading about it hear on the board. It does make it easier and my mitered corners are much improved. Still need to practice a bit more. The glue helps alot.
    Lisa

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    Might have to try this method she makes it look so easy but it will probably take a little practice.

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    That's brilliant. I have heard of using Elmer's for bindings and that's just awesome. I'm going to see about a video on using it for basting now...
    I think I need to kick out something quick so that I can give this glue binding a go

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    I've heard of Elmer's School Glue for basting and layering quilts also, but have no idea where I've read it. Maybe try googling.

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