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Thread: Basting with Elmer's Washable School Glue

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    I have found that it is much easier to reposition your layers with the washable school glue (prior to it drying) than it is with 505. If a person gets gummed up needles it makes me think that perhaps the glue wasn't dry. I love the glue.

    Linda

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    thanks!!! I have been hesitant to try it. Will now give it a shot

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    Very cool tutorial; now I'm off to try it. Thanks sew much!

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    I draw a fine grid with the glue, about 4"x4", and dry it with the iron, smoothing it out completely. I get a very thin line if I move the glue applicator very quickly across the quilt--also I finish faster that way. I had one quilt that I had half finished thread basting a few months ago. Now I came back to it, and used Elmer's School Glue on the rest. It was so much easier. I don't think I'm ever going to do it any other way but with the glue. Spray basting makes a mess, and in my view does not give as good results. One thing I do when I'm done basting with the glue is baste stitch with the machine all around the outside edges of the quilt, inside the 1/4" seam allowance--I used to do that with the spray basting too, just to keep the sandwich from opening up at any time during quilting, or while waiting to be quilted.

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    JanTx - I hear you about the overspray -- I didn't quilt my own quilts unless they were small and I hate to admit this but when the weather is nice, I take my smaller quilts outside to spray - laying them on the lawn and spraying, then moving them inside to lay down - I am sure there are some that are going to think "oh no, not on the grass" but it worked for me. Now that it is raining (in Oregon) that isn't an option, but I don't have to worry about it too much since my hubby bought me a longarm a couple of years ago.

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    Any school supply store - like Learning World or Learning Palace - should have glue by the gallon

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise View Post
    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....

    Thanks Moomrise. I wondered about diluting and spraying the washable school glue. I will have to try it.

    Linda

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    I have used your method the last 6 quilts and it works great. I am so happy with it. My machine hasn't had any issues, and I too am "frugal" with the thin bead of glue. Close enough to each other but a very thin line.

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    Thank you so much for the detailed explanation of using Elmer's Glue. I am going to try your method.

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    Thanks for the tutorial. Didn't have good result the first time but decided to try it again
    after seeing your tutorial. I think the glue might have been too thick or I simply have
    a heavy hand LOL. So this time I decided to thin it with some water (50/50) and use a
    paint brush. I made sure to "press" the paint brush as much as possible before applying
    the glue to the batting. Worked like a charm. Haven't quilted it yet. This second attempt
    was on a small quilt but how do you push a large quilt through the machine when it's
    that stiff? Fold it and not worry about it?

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