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Thread: Elmer's washable clear school glue

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    Elmer's washable clear school glue

    I saw this in the school supplies and wondered if it would work for bindings. I did a 3 inch sample square with mitered corners and lots of messy liquid glue. I used the hot iron to dry each little side and corner one at a time. I sewed the binding edge down by machine and it didn't bother my machine. I washed the little square to see if the glue would come out and it did. I will be using this again on a larger quilt.
    I thought with the clear glue, I could use it for my wallhanging bindings too and they would not need to be wash if I didn't want to. The glue left in the binding is a little stiffer and I thought that would be excellent for wallhangings.

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    I tried the clear and it did not seem to hold as well while handling to sew.

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    I am a little confused, does the glue come out of the bottle clear ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I am a little confused, does the glue come out of the bottle clear ????
    All of the Elmer's glue I have ever seen is white. I've used the glue sticks before.
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    Elmer's make a clear school glue. Not all stores carry it and I've only seen a few bottles on the shelf. Also it comes in a tube like a big marker if you are lucky enough to find it. I usually find it in the scrapbooking supplies.
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    The bottle is clear and the glue is clear. I held my iron on the glue until the glue line dried. I have not tried the regular Elmer's washable white school glue so I don't know if it takes longer to stick. I was surprised that it even held the double thick mitres in place. My sample was small so I will try it again on a bigger quilt the next time I do a binding. Does the regular white glue dry clear or stay white?

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    You use Elmer's washable school glue. It can be used in quilting for so many more things than just the bindings.
    http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2008...nd-quilts.html

    I do all my bindings with Elmer's but I also washed them after.
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    The white glue dries clear.
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    Several years ago I tried Sharon Schamber's recommendation to use the Elmer's Washable School Glue (the one I use is white) and heat set it as you described. She uses it for bindings as well as her Piecelique technique. I know she has a website and some videos that show this, just google her name. I demonstrated this way of doing bindings by machine at guild last month and everyone loved it!
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