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Thread: Basting with Elmer's Washable School Glue

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    Super Member JanTx's Avatar
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    Thanks for your clear instructions. I am working on 12 place mats for my daughter for Christmas and used glue for the first time to baste those. I wondered how it would work for a larger project and now I know! The only problem I have is that I self-bind (pull the backing over to the front, fold down, decorative stitch to secure) and had some places where the glue holding the batting to the backing was a bit hard to work around. The fabric was also a bit stiff in places as I pulled the backing over.

    I've been spray basting for quite a while and have about ruined the spare bedroom I used. I've been spraying basting on top of a double bed, but the overspray has made a mess. I'll try the glue on my next larger project, but will use it for sure on small ones.
    So many quilts, so little time.

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    I have glue basted a lot of smaller projects & wall hangings. I have always used my iron to smooth & dry at the same time. I love being able to use Elmer's- so easy & cheap!

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    I mix plain water and Elmer's glue 50/50 in a squirt bottle, and use it as a basting spray. If I set it to where it makes a fine mist, there are no glue blobs. There seems to be plenty of glue to hold the fabric and batting in place, but it doesn't give me any trouble when I do the quilting.

    I should mention that I haven't tried this for an actual bed-size quilt, but so far it works like a dream for doll quilts and wall hangings. I imagine it would work fine for larger quilts as well, though.
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    I am going to try this method. The others did not work for me.

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    I am going to try this, I have used the spray and had good results but more expensive. This sounds great. Thanks for the Tut it was great.
    Life is SEW great!!!!!!

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    I've used Elmer's for piecing and binding, so my next step is to use it for basting. This is a great little tutorial. Now to get my hands on a ping-pong table! I love the idea of diluting and spraying the glue.
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    I use my finger to lightly spread out the glue gobs. A little messy but it works great!! :-)

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    I have used the school glue when sewing blocks together and on binding. Beats being stuck with pins.
    Grandmeto6 aka Judy

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    For globs or any big "dots", take a moment and smooth them out with your finger. I am able to hand-quilt using the Elmer's School Glue method!!
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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    Elmer's by the gallon google search:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=elne...ient=firefox-a
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

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