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    I was wondering if anyone has tried the Quiltak Quilt basting system. I need to find an easier way to baste. I'm not sure that I completely understand how this system works though.

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    Never tried it. I spray Baste all my quilt. The best is the 505 spray!!!

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    I use it mostly for small projects. I found it doesn't hold the layers tight enough for a big quilt when I'm moving it around under the machine. I use it to hold fabric scrap pieces, paper patterns sheets, etc. together too. :D years ago a dept store was going out of business and had boxes of the plastic tags sitting out. I asked about buying the gun used with the tags and the owner about had a conniption. He said oh no, those pricing guns are for professionals only, it's not for sale to the general public at all. I went straight to Hancock's Fabric and bought the red one. I went back to the store and asked the man if there was any difference in my red one than his black one. He was very put out that a professional tool was sold in a fabric shop to non professionals. He said it wasn't right any one could have pricing guns, they could go in a store and swap prices on items. No computerized registers then. He said he was going to Hancocks and let them know it wasn't right to sell those! One of my most memorable shopping trips to date. 8)

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    I have one and use it all the time, big quilts and small projects. My tacks are the smallest on the market, and hold everything perfectly. If you have one of the versions with tacks perhaps .25in. long, then the technique to try is to take a complete stitch with your needle, so that you go in (for instance) from the front of the quilt, bring the needle back up to the front, a little way away, and then shoot the tack through, so that both ends lay on the surface. A small bonus using this technique is that you end up with a small plastic stitch on the reverse, that makes it easy to cut with a stitch ripper or similar, when you have finished.

    My little fine tacks are no problem to sew over if I haven't managed to place them out of the way of my quilting, and the only drawback I have found it that they are so fine, I sometimes have problems finding them to remove them at the end of the day. I obviously use contrasting tacks where ever possible, the problem comes with multicoloured fabrics, where a tack doesn't show well.

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    I use 505 on all my quilts, it holds wonderfully!

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    I have tried to use the spray baste, but I just have problems. I hand quilt on a floor frame. The quilt goes onto the frame fairly well, but, as I quilt and then roll to get to the next area, there are areas that begin to crease and by the second or third rolling, I have large areas that are no longer together. I'm not sure why, maybe someone has some ideas why this happens.

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    Pam, when I use my floor frame, I don't use 505. /what kind of frame do you have?

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    My frame was made from a pattern from one that was made about 90 years ago. It has the saw-horse ends and two long (12') poles on the back and on the front. It's only about 24" from front to back and you roll the quilt on the poles when you are ready to move on. It works well for me, but I just can not seem to get the spray baste to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam in WV
    My frame was made from a pattern from one that was made about 90 years ago. It has the saw-horse ends and two long (12') poles on the back and on the front. It's only about 24" from front to back and you roll the quilt on the poles when you are ready to move on. It works well for me, but I just can not seem to get the spray baste to work.
    I have used a frame like that before, and I don't think I would spray it. It helps if you have 2 people helping,one at each end to help roll and get it tight. What brand of spray are you using?

    also, you might have to unroll all the way to the end on the back and start over making sure it is pinned evenly. I had all of those problems years ago.
    No one answer, just have to figure out what is wrong. You might need 3 people , one in the middle also to turn it and get it tight!

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