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Thread: How to use Elmer's Washable School Glue (because y'all asked)

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    Ive been using the glue for awhile on bindiings but nowhere else (YET). I am going to try the glue on piecing it sounds like a winner....now for the sandwich basting....what if....we put glue in a spray bottle with some water, shook it up and spritz then ironed?...might be worth a try? I do love using the K2000 to spray baste but boy its getting too pricy and Joanns quit carrying it so no coupons! I tried the Dritz and it seems ok, found that at wallmart but its still 12.00 a can.
    I also have this bottle of craft starch, supposed to be used for stiffening fabric for other type crafts...maybe I'll play with that a bit.

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    What great timing! I am on my way to the sewing room to put binding on a baby quilt for my new GD. I'll grab the glue on my way and avoid getting pricked. Thank you!
    "Accomplishment is a consequence of effort" -- Michael Crichton

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    Sharon Schamber has new tips for the Elmer's bottles that work great and to me, they are worth the $$. Before I ordered hers, I wasted more money on gas just trying to find them around town and I wasted money trying other types of tips which didn't work.


    Quote Originally Posted by Diana Lea View Post
    I tried this on binding and love i.. Someone one here had a metal one. Went looking for one. Someone said hobby lobby in the paint area. Was not there. Tried the glue area not there. I did find in the art dept. Small plastic bottles with very small tips. $2.99 plus my coupon. If I do not like it I am not out a lot of money. Would really like the metal one because it screws right on the bottle. Any ideas where and how much? Thanks!
    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

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    Angela this is a great idea! I think that I will try it on scraps. Not only would it be simpler than basting or pinning, but it would also not require as much glue (not that it is expensive). You definitely should apply heat to anything that you use school glue on in order for it to hold. I have never had it to stick without applying heat. Just passing on what I learned from the glue expert Sharon Schamber.


    Quote Originally Posted by angelanicole View Post
    I don't have any tips just a question. Can you dilute the Elmers glue with water or something else and spray it
    on the layers? Did anybody do an experiment with this? I would not mind to have suggestions and try it out.
    Ty for your response. This board is marvelous for new tips and tricks of the trade.
    Have a blessed day.

    Linda

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    I've glued 2 lap size quilt sandwiches last week and the one thing I did differently was put little random glue 'dots' on the (batting) about every 4-5 inches instead of 'lines' or 'swirls' of glue. You really don't need a lot of glue to be effective. I'm still looking for half a needle that broke off while I was FMQ when I think I hit a fairly large spot of glue. Remember it dries and gets harder!

    What works well for me:
    1) lay the batting down on the floor (I don't tape or anything).
    2) lay the backing on top of the batting and fold half the backing back on itself.
    3) working from the middle, I put small dots of glue on the BATTING over an 18 inch wide section, smooth the backing on that section and iron that section.
    4) I then do the next 1/4 section working towards the edge. (repeat until the whole thing is glued down. Make sure everything is flat. (BONUS: I didn't even have to iron my backing ahead of time because I didn't need to tape it taut to the floor!)
    5) Flip the whole thing over so the backing is now on the floor with the batting right side up.
    6) lay the top on top of the batting and repeat. It's just so slick!
    Sandra B

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    sounds great and easy... i use the 505 spray for the backing and find it very helpful it is a glue but it is movable until you get it straight i love it. thanks so much for all your help i will be trying the washable school glue pins are such a mess... lol...

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    Thank You!
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    I have used it to paper piece, and for all the other things, but haven't tried to sandwich with it. Today is going to be the first try on that. It sure simplifies matching seams, and holding that binding without sticky pins or bulky binder clips. Great tips we get on the board

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    I'm doing an English paper piece top. I've pressed all my blocks onto the template, removed the template and glued the edges down. Working really well. I have a stack of hexagons ready to sew.

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    I used it on a lap quilt using scraps left from a T shirt quilt someone else made. It sure was helpful as I didn't use any fusible to stabilize it. Washed it and it is nice and soft now. BTW I alternated using washable glue stick and washable Elmer's. Couldn't see a difference other than stick was easier to apply. I have used it where easing was necessary and WOW, that really works good then. Just line up corners, glue them and then ease in between and press

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