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Thread: Spray basting

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    Do any of you use spray to baste your quilts? I really love to do my own quilting but the pins are a pain to put in and to move while quilting. I really don't know the pros and cons and want some input from those in the know. I did buy some spray probably 5 years ago but never used it. Will it still be alright to use? I appreciate any suggestions.

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    Try the spray on some scraps, I would think it should be fine.
    Many of us here use and LOVE it :D:D:D

    Just make sure that you are using Quilt Basting Spray and it says it will wash out on the label :wink:
    I bought spray "glue" the first time and it was disastrous!!! :oops: :roll: :lol:

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    Remember to use just a light spray. :wink:

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    I love spray basting. It's so much easier.

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    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?

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    I can't live without my basting spray.Jump in and try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggrandmaca
    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?
    I don't.

    I smooth the batting out on a large flat sheet on the floor (to catch any overspray), then smooth the backing fabric out on top of the batting. When it is the way I want it, I fold back the fabric so the top half of the batting is exposed, spray the batting, then smooth the fabric back in place. Then I fold up the bottom half of the fabric and repeat the process. I flip the quilt sandwich over so the other side of the batting is up and repeat the whole process with the top. That's it, except for tossing the large flat sheet into the laundry basket.

    I would not use a 5-year-old can of basting spray. You don't know what chemical changes may have taken place over time. I recommend buying a new can of 505 basting spray.

    What kind of batting are you planning to use? Nobody has problems with cotton batting, or 80/20 batting. Some people have problems getting polyester batting to adhere; however, that may be due to the brand of basting spray being used. I don't think anyone has reported a problem with polyester batting when they use 505.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggrandmaca
    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?
    You need to keep the backing flat, so do tape or clip or whatever method you always use. Spray the top half the backing, fold your batting in half and lay it on the area that is not sprayed with the fold in the center of the backing, then slowly work from the center to the top edge, unfolding the batting and smoothing it out on the sprayed area. Then fold the bottom half of the batting up, spray the bottom half of the backing, and unfold the batting from the center to the bottom of the backing. If you are doing a large quilt, you might consider doing it in quarters, just to make it a little more manageable.

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    always spray baste. could not do without it.

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    Thanks so much, that was really helpful.

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