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    Using elmers school glue

    Thanks to whoever posted the link to the video on using the elmers for binding. I loved the tip on how it was used to make the mitered seams in joining the pieces of binding together as well as using it to stabilize the binding for sewing. Has anyone used the glue in any other process such as connecting blocks at seams to get perfectly lined seams or am I just wishing for a super secret way of assisting all my seams match up. I am a newbie and am having problems with keeping my blocks square. At first I thought I was ironing my seams open instead of pressing and I was stretching my pieces and often distorting them - where a strip will bow or end up with a slight curved edge instead of straight. After reading every tip all of you talented artist post I am now stabilizing all of my fabric with sizing, I really like the Downy spray. I find my fabric doesn't move on me as much and cutting is easier after sizing. So, would using the glue further assist me in getting more precise?

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    I've not tried the glue method but I imagine it would really be helpful if you had a bias piece to seam.

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    Yes ya can use glue instead o' pins for a lot o' situations. Use Elmer's or any school glue. It needs ta be the kind that washes out. Put a drop at your intersections & heat set it w/the iron. Try ta keep it in your seam allowances, but if ya git a little out side, it just pulls apart. I hardly use pins for anything anymore.
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    http://www.debkarasik.com/userfiles/...inding_1.0.pdf

    this is a very detailed showing of how to use the glue in binding. She makes some very good points that make ya think. =) #1 Glue is basically just a heavy starch & its washable #2 You can re-position it.
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    Excellent Sharon Schamber video tutorial on youtube. I'm definitely going to try this.
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    If I had to go through all that I would hate putting on bindings. I think mine are great without all those steps.

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    Thanks for sharing the binding technique. I will be trying it very soon.
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    I don't glue my bindings but I recently glue basted. I think it is a great option - any problems are mine. I will proceed differently next time. I didn't thin and spray, just drizzled a thin line over the backing first and then put the batting on it. I realized I couldn't see if there were wrinkles (I don't think there are) - then I drizzled a thin line of glue over the batting and smoothed the front and then let it dry. I didn't iron. It is holding together very well. I used my dining room table with one of those great big white cutting mats spread over it. I usually pin baste on the floor, have tried spray basting but couldn't control the overspray and the smell was awful. Tried earplugs as pinmoors and those didn't work for me at all. So, glue it is.

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    Elmers Washable School Glue is magnificent with bindings, blocks, seams and basting any sized project! I bought a generic washable glue and found that it stained everything. I will only use Elmers since that time.
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