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Thread: Spray Basting

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    Senior Member vivientan's Avatar
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    Heard so much about spray basting and have decided to give it a shot. Just tried it on a practice sandwich yesterday.

    Some questions I have:
    1. Is it as good as pin basting? Will quilt sandwich shift during MQ?
    2. How long can it last without the tackiness wearing away?
    3. How much do I need to spray? How many layers?
    4. Can the spray be easily removed through washing? Any special detergent I need to use?
    5. Noticed that the fabrics were slightly stiff after basting. Will this affect the MQ process when I use a walking or darning foot?

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    I have better luck with spray basting over pin or thread basting. I have less wrinkles on the back side...actually I rarely notice any wrinkles these days.

    I've got a piece in the closet that I sprayed last year sometime, it's still together, waiting for me to return to it.

    I spray lightly, in a grid pattern every 6" or so. When I get to the edges, I aim the can towards the center of the quilt to avoid overspray.

    I always wash my quilts when done with them. I wash on delicate using my normal liquid soap, then dry on low.

    If your fabric is stiff, you may have used too much. It hasn't happened to me, so I can't be sure, but I would think it would work just fine.

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    I had a wall quilt that I sprayed and then left for over a year ... it was still well tuck up!

    Sometimes as you work with it, it starts to peel a little at the edges, just from all the handling and movement. It hasn't been a problem and hasn't gone too far into the quilt, so I just hold it in place when I get there.

    One caution ... remember a little will do a lot ... you don't have to super-coat it in fear that it won't hold!

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    One more question...what's the best way to spray bast a large quilt? Do we do it in sections by rolling the quilt out slowly?

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    I have had great success with June Tailor spray basting. I tried 505 today and it was OK, too. 505 is less stinky, but does not reposition as well when I make mistakes. June Tailor is cheaper and mops up off my floor more easily.

    When I spray baste, I use my dining room table. It's very large. I lay out the batting first and then put the backing on top. I seem to get the wrinkles out better that way. Generally, I fold back half of the quilt, spray about a foot or so and them smooth. Spray another foot and smooth.

    After I get the backing on, I flip it over and do the top. I'm sure there are many better ways, but this one is working for me right now.

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    I'm so glad I read this. Bought 2 cans of 505 last yr & haven't used it yet-still pinning! Next one I'll try the spray. Thanks!

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    I love the spray basting. Have used the 505 and it works okay, but is very expensive for my budget. I usually use Elmer's multi-purpose Spray Adhesive. It is less than half the price, and it is just as effective as the more expensive brands. IMHO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unique Creations
    I love the spray basting. Have used the 505 and it works okay, but is very expensive for my budget. I usually use Elmer's multi-purpose Spray Adhesive. It is less than half the price, and it is just as effective as the more expensive brands. IMHO
    I too..got tired of the price of named brands in spray paste..go to wal-mart..pick up Elmer's clue spray..1/2 the price and it works great!!

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    Melody....what department is the Elmer's spray glue in? I've looked in stationary and crafts in my Walmart...never saw it???

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    To answer your questions one-by-one....
    1. Spray accomplishes same task as pins. I've had no problems with shifting, and have never had a wrinkle since I started using it.
    2. Adhesive time varies, but anywhere from a couple of months to a year or more.
    3. Spray lightly -- a little goes a long way. Spray each side of your layers (backing and batting, top and batting).
    4. Adhesive washes away w/ regular washing.
    5. I find the stiffness of spray basting helpful when FMQ -- I use less pressure with my hands and arms. Also helps machine and walking foot treat your quilt as one piece of fabric since they all move at the same time.

    No hard and fast answers --- just been my experience.
    And, I use June Tailor --- I buy all of it the day after Thanksgiving at Joann's (I pre-order it so I don't clear off the shelves). All notions are 50% off, and there's an extra 20% off coupon in the paper or mailer. That makes the price very attractive.
    Quote Originally Posted by vivientan
    Heard so much about spray basting and have decided to give it a shot. Just tried it on a practice sandwich yesterday.

    Some questions I have:
    1. Is it as good as pin basting? Will quilt sandwich shift during MQ?
    2. How long can it last without the tackiness wearing away?
    3. How much do I need to spray? How many layers?
    4. Can the spray be easily removed through washing? Any special detergent I need to use?
    5. Noticed that the fabrics were slightly stiff after basting. Will this affect the MQ process when I use a walking or darning foot?

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