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Thread: Elmer's School Glue instead of pinning? Do you really do this?

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    No it does not harden or discolor. It is just a thick starch. So when you wash your project it washes out like the starches you use to iron with. I have been using it for a few years now and it truly does just wash out of cotton fabric. I did a few test project before i went 'live' with it. I know i do have pins in my sewing room... somewhere. but my glue is right here! Try testing it out... that is the best way to get converted. remember to use a tiny amount... and then heat set it by pressing with your iron. it makes quilters magic happen! amazing stuff. Elmer's washable school glue

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    I decided to try the glue basting and so far is working great. I am working on it tonight. My question is what happens if you use too much glue? or can you use too much glue since it washes out? I am reading that it doesn't take much so I am going to cut it back, but when I first started earlier I used that stuff very liberally. I hope I haven't messed up this future quilt......

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    I love this board. We all learn soooooooo much. I would never thought of using glue for the things y'all do. Thanks for all the great tips about glue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny42539 View Post
    You can get it by the gallon on ebay for $15 or so.
    Who would've thought I'd need Elmer's by the gallon?! Great tips, everyone!

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    I'm seriously considering using some glue as I put together the rows of "Easy St." Sooo many seams intersecting on this baby, and it seems like they are going every which way. Some nest, some are pressed open, some are more layers thick than I'm happy about (stacked flying geese next to another pieced patch). Maybe a dot of glue will help me to get things lined up more easily - when I pin, no matter how careful I am, I end up with the bottom piece not always being where I think they're going to be...

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    Go for the glue and let us know how it works for you. I am a convert.

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    I have used the Elmer's clear school glue instead of pins, and it does work beautifully. I like it for nine patches and for circles. My accuracy on matching the seams increased by being able to have one fabric on the bottom and matching the seams with the fabric on top. If you want to press the seams open, then there's a problem obviously because the two quarter inches are glued together.

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    Yes, yes, yes, I use Elmer's Glue to match my seams. I've always had trouble with matching seams before even when I used pins. I found the pins would distort so my seams would either be off or rounded for lack of a better term. I just put a small Trip Around the World..........going only one direction with leftover blocks using only glue and no pins. My seams matched perfectly. Sure it may be an added step but if it gets me the results I want, I'm all for it. I need all the help I can get. I also use it when I attach my binding. The video shows working on one side at a time, going back and forth between the iron and machine. I can glue the entire binding on up to where the two ends meet before going to the machine. I sew the two ends after glueing them together, go back to the iron and finish glueing the rest of the binding before I sew the entire binding on in one step.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it............:-)

    Suz in Iowa

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    Schoolteacher, I had the same problem with getting the needle to go thru where the glue was. I found I was using too much glue with the regular Elmer's Glue bottle so I found the small tips you can get so you can direct the glue exactly where you want it. I find using just a pin prick of glue holds the seams, bindings, etc. for me and its no longer a problem. I clean the tip after each day's work so its ready for the next day's activities.

    Suz in Iowa

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    What technique do you use for your binding that you can glue the entire thing until you get to your ends? I miter my binding and don't see how I can do that, any information on making an easier binding will be greatly welcome, I am not a die hard for mitering if someone has a better way I will try it. And I always use school glue on my borders and sometimes on my seams. It started several years ago when I was making a memory quilt for my daughter from my grandsons out grown clothes and there were so many different types of fabric from knits to receiving blankets to sweatshirts etc that I had a hard time getting my seams to match and I decided to try using school glue. I was at a quilt retreat at the time and was dubbed the glue lady as no one had ever seen this before and thought I was out of my mind. I had never heard of it either but was willing to try almost anything at the time. Now I always have a bottle handy.

    Quote Originally Posted by Snooze2978 View Post
    Yes, yes, yes, I use Elmer's Glue to match my seams. I've always had trouble with matching seams before even when I used pins. I found the pins would distort so my seams would either be off or rounded for lack of a better term. I just put a small Trip Around the World..........going only one direction with leftover blocks using only glue and no pins. My seams matched perfectly. Sure it may be an added step but if it gets me the results I want, I'm all for it. I need all the help I can get. I also use it when I attach my binding. The video shows working on one side at a time, going back and forth between the iron and machine. I can glue the entire binding on up to where the two ends meet before going to the machine. I sew the two ends after glueing them together, go back to the iron and finish glueing the rest of the binding before I sew the entire binding on in one step.

    That's my story and I'm sticking to it............:-)

    Suz in Iowa
    Happy Quilting
    Judy in Lower Michigan

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