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

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    Junior Member Kelela's Avatar
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    Thanks for a very informative tutorial on using Elmer's Washable School Glue. Kelela

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    In one of the last Quilters Newsletter the cover photo had a quilt that had framed blocks in white, etc. They were very narrow. She said that in order to get the quilt like that she used glue too. Oh, on the batting, try using the scraps of fuseable. I took a class where the lady used lots of the stuff and you always end up with lots of scraps. Those scraps would be collected and then sprinkled on the backing and then on the batting. Hope this might help. I think that the glue on the back may be having the same problems as gluing on paper. The moisture causes the fabric to act like paper (both cellulose, and buckle) you might be asking too much of the glue done in that way. If you could try to make it aerosol. Maybe try adding water to a spray bottle and mix the glue with it. Kind of 50/50--or what the aerosol pump can handle.
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    Thanks for the good instructions...I haven't gotten up the nerve to try this yet, but may give it a try on my next quilt project. Am in the throes of handquilting a twin coverlet now.....slow going. May have to also try something new and have my project quilted by machine. Some of them look absolutely beautiful.

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    I am a convert. When I read about using the glue to sandwhich the layers knew that was my method next time I layer a quilt. Using the glue to piece, I thought, not for me. Well I tried it to join the long rows of the blocks, always my least favorite part. Just amazing what it did for my accuracy. Can't honestly say it saved me any time but it sure did wonders for quality.

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    Bravo!! I will surely try Elmers glue next.
    Thanks for sharing your awesome tips!

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    Mary I used the glue a great deal with children in school.. I used to thin it down to make it go further but also easier to smooth out. Can you do the same when sandwiching a quilt.?
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    For those who use paint brushes, what kind and size do you use? Can't wait to try this as pinning has kept me from quilting many quilts.

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    This is my first time on the board and I'm glad I chose today. The elmers glue is going to a great tool in sandwiching the quilt. My question is can it also be used on edges of blocks to prevent raveling when piecing squares?
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    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.
    That is the same question I wanted to ask! I hang my quilts on my design wall and spray baste. Spraying the glue on would be so much easier on my floor, furniture sewing room in general not to mention my lungs! I'm buying glue and a spray bottle and gonna give it a try today!
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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
    That is the same question I wanted to ask! I hang my quilts on my design wall and spray baste. Spraying the glue on would be so much easier on my floor, furniture sewing room in general not to mention my lungs! I'm buying glue and a spray bottle and gonna give it a try today!
    It is a starch so I think the question is how much it can be diluted and still stick and hold securely. I think one of the ratios posted earlier was 3 parts glue to one of water?
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