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Thread: My experience with Glue Basting.

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    Cool My experience with Glue Basting.

    Good morning everyone! Yesterday, I began sewing the seams for my Double Irish Chain quilt blocks. I wondered to myself while cutting the fabrics if I would have any problems. Two of the fabrics that I had chosen were very light weight. I am a scrap quilter who has been lucky (thats putting it mildly) enough to have recently been given a retired quilters fabric stash, as she can no longer quilt and her family had no interest. Quite a few pieces of her stash are a very light weight material, but some wonderful colors; so even though, I anticipated some trouble and had never worked with this type before; I cut it with a passion and was excited to see what happened on this "adventure".

    Thanks to the board and all of their wonderful tips and beautiful quilt creations and various styles, I have been stepping out of my comfort zone and trying many new things and really focusing on improving my entire quilting experience. Here a while back, I chose to use some tape to mark my 1/4 inch seam line on my Singer; which does work FABULOUSLY. But, being a pinner I have run into issues with my pins and the tape. Nothing pertinent, well at least not until the pin, tape and thin fabric intertwined. LOL. I was ending up with puckers and snags like crazy. By the time I finished the first seam, I knew I had to find a solution.

    One of the things I am working at improving is really nice seam lines, you know the ones that actually do line up and meet together so wonderfully. Sitting on the side was my bottle of Elmers Washable School Glue that I have used in applique. I hem hawed at the thought of glueing every seam. But, it was the only thing I could really come up with. So, I gave it a go.

    I am sure that it has been mentioned on the board in the past; but I am sorry, I just do not remember for sure...so if I am stepping on toes or anything, please forgive me. I am just so thrilled with the outcome of this method of Glue Basting. For me, it will always be the perfect solution. I just placed a small dot at each seam line, matchine the seams (which was far better than my pinning could ever achieve), place the iron down, press and hold for a few seconds, lift and move down the row.

    Wow, instantanious (spelling) super duper results. LOL. It really did not take any longer than pinning and I completed all 17 blocks yesterday. I wanted to share a few photos, that hopefully will demonstrate the accuracy and ease of doing this. Because, really....you have got to try this if you encounter any issues like I did.

    Sorry, I carried on forever. Just excited to share my experience and hope that it helps anyone one else facing similiar issues. Thanks again each and every Board Member who posts tips and tutorials, photos and ideas. They really do help!
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    Thanks for sharing this technique! I plan to try it. I'm glad you included the photographs. When I read your information, I pictured much more glue and wasn't interested. After I saw how little you used, I think it is a great idea. I am going to use Roxanne's. Glue-Baste-It. Thanks!

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    Thanks for posting this - I'm a non-pinner, but I can see myself trying this with an intricate pattern. Just recently tried spray basting an entire quilt and wondered why on earth I used to spend hours hand-basting. This old dog is learning new tricks!
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    Have not tried for seams but I plan to. I have glue basted my layers together before FMQ on small items and it worked great.
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    I just discovered using the spray basting stuff, and it seems to be working well.. I was wondering how to use the glue on quilts.. Are you using Elmers glue, or generic? Are you using it for basting for FMQ, too? Whoa.. All the school supplies are on sale.. Someone mentioned glue sticks.. What do you use them for?
    Thanks in advance for the info..

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    Time to stock up a bit on washable school glue while it's on sale with back-to-school specials! I've done a bit of glue basting but not much. Your photos show very well how nicely it worked to get those corners to match! Thanks for sharing, the glue bottle is going to come off the shelf and put where I can grab it more often. I have done it for adding bindings as well, via the Sharom Schamber method with her video tute. Works great.

    By the way, i'm impressed with the neatness of your pins in the magnetic holder! Is that a Singer 301 machine? I recently got a black one that I haven't cleaned up yet, but need to get it done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franc36 View Post
    Thanks for sharing this technique! I plan to try it. I'm glad you included the photographs. When I read your information, I pictured much more glue and wasn't interested. After I saw how little you used, I think it is a great idea. I am going to use Roxanne's. Glue-Baste-It. Thanks!
    I hope that when you try it you have as much success and happiness as I did. It really is simple and does not take but a tad bit of extra effort and time. I have never used Roxannes Glue, but have heard nothing but positive feed on the product.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by ontheriver View Post
    Have not tried for seams but I plan to. I have glue basted my layers together before FMQ on small items and it worked great.
    I have used the glue for applique and basting a quilt and found that both are wonderful techniques and I know with me....any thing that helps make it easier is always the way to go. LOL.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    Thanks for posting this - I'm a non-pinner, but I can see myself trying this with an intricate pattern. Just recently tried spray basting an entire quilt and wondered why on earth I used to spend hours hand-basting. This old dog is learning new tricks!
    With my last quilt, I tried the spray basting and like you questioned all the hours spent hand basting and/or pinning. I glue basted a small quilt before quilting and it worked well also. It is wonderful trying new techniques and so forth and discovering what we like and do not; then going from there.
    Brenda

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacup View Post
    Time to stock up a bit on washable school glue while it's on sale with back-to-school specials! I've done a bit of glue basting but not much. Your photos show very well how nicely it worked to get those corners to match! Thanks for sharing, the glue bottle is going to come off the shelf and put where I can grab it more often. I have done it for adding bindings as well, via the Sharom Schamber method with her video tute. Works great.

    By the way, i'm impressed with the neatness of your pins in the magnetic holder! Is that a Singer 301 machine? I recently got a black one that I haven't cleaned up yet, but need to get it done.
    I agree....definetely going to be stocking up on this wonderful helper. It does work great for bindings; I also watched her video and gave it a try. Totally hooked. For some reason, the pins are one of my pet pieves....they must be neat. Probablly from poking fingers far to often. LOL. Yes, it is a 301 that was my mothers. Her mother bought it from the local high school and she has been running brilliantly with thousands of miles (most likely). Have a great time with yours; I love mine for straight stitches.
    Brenda

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