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    Glue Sticks - what's the secret?

    Elmer's glue sticks work well when you first open them, but after storing them for a day or so, they just seem to dry up and not be effective. Yes, I cap them firmly and put in a drawer & yes, I am using the correct ones. I use the glue itself, but when I'm doing open seams the stick is easier to "un-stick".

    I'd like to be able to use them!
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    Every once in a while I have the same problem. When I do, I run them over a damp paper towel. It's like taking off the top crust. I also store them upside down like in a cup or jar or such.

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    I hate glue sticks. I bought a pack of 5 or 6 and the first one I tried was already dry.
    Didn't stick at all. I much prefer the liquid glue.
    Kitsie, they say to put it in the freezer. Mabye give it a try. Hope you didn't get the
    same dried batch I got.

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    I prefer Avery glue sticks. As long as you put the cover on when not in use, they don't dry out. Also the application seems to be smoother than with other sticks.

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    I've not had this problem- I have glue sticks that I may use once, put away & not get back out for a month or more- they always seem to work just fine. do you live in a really 'arid' area? you could store them in the refrigerator- that would help them stay 'hydrated' or just moisten the end with a damp paper towel when you get them back out.
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    Thanks, guys. Easy. I am beginning to feel like you but hear everyone else finding them very useful. I have never heat-set them, do I need to? (that's an added ?) I'll try the wet paper towel and the fridge ideas. Are the seams easier to pull apart to press open?
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    Kitsie, have you tried Roxanne glue-baste-it? I bought a small container
    (from Connecting Threads) and with the extra fine tip. A little goes a long way.
    I don't know how many project I made and I still have lots of glue left.
    You do have to set the glue with the iron. I haven't tried to pull the seams
    apart. I usually use pins for piecing because I like to press open. But
    when I'm adding borders or binding...the glue-baste-it is very helpful.

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    I keep the glue sticks in an air tight container. That seems to work for me. I like the Lapel Glue stick. It's the best I've used.
    Got fabric?

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    Nope, I haven't and love using the Elmer glue, but wondered if the stick is easier 'cause you don't need to heat set it ? and can just smear it on as you piece. With the glue I have the tiny bottle that I just unscrew the top of a little bit for the finest dot or line, then refill it from the big bottles. I also use pins but thought I'd ask!

    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Kitsie, have you tried Roxanne glue-baste-it? I bought a small container
    (from Connecting Threads) and with the extra fine tip. A little goes a long way.
    I don't know how many project I made and I still have lots of glue left.
    You do have to set the glue with the iron. I haven't tried to pull the seams
    apart. I usually use pins for piecing because I like to press open. But
    when I'm adding borders or binding...the glue-baste-it is very helpful.
    http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh485/KitsieH/
    Never regret growing older, its a privilege denied to many.
    Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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    from an office supply store?

    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I keep the glue sticks in an air tight container. That seems to work for me. I like the Lapel Glue stick. It's the best I've used.
    http://s1248.photobucket.com/albums/hh485/KitsieH/
    Never regret growing older, its a privilege denied to many.
    Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

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