I have been asked how I use Elmer's Glue for basting blocks and binding. So while putting binding on today I snapped a few pictures to demonstrate how I do it. The glue washes out easily, it does not gum up my needle, and I have tried hand sewing through it and had not trouble with that either.
Keep the glue in the seam, if it leaks out it will wash out of the fabric, no problem....but I do not care to clean my iron's sole plate any more often than necessary :wink:
It is very helpful to have this small applicator tip...you only need a very fine line or very small drops. Coming out of the regular bottle's tip is too much and hard to control. I got this bottle for 49 cents at a thrift store. You can refill these bottles with regular Elmer's White School Glue. Another alternative is to squirt some glue out onto a piece of aluminum foil and use the tip of a toothpick...I tried this in a pinch, but it does take longer doing it this way. If it is just to align/match seams, it works fine.
To align/match seams, I only DRY IRON for a quick 3 count...for bindings sometimes to 5...check and see how long it takes to set the glue.
I used more than necessary to match the seams in these pictures so that the drops showed up...3 small drops...if you shift it, gently peel them apart and reglue and iron.
Practice on some orphan blocks like in the picture...mine are pinned down just to free up my hands to take the pictures. I match the seams, glue and pinch the area with my fingers and then hit it with the iron.
Let a drop of glue dry on the tip of the tube before putting the cap on...it will seal it better. If glue dries in that little tube, it is really hard to get unclogged!!!