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Basting with Elmer's Glue - - - ugh

Old 11-10-2013, 02:41 PM
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Yes, squeezing the bottle can be hard on the hands...next time try folding the bottle a bit, bring the top and bottom closer together....it puts more pressure on the glue and you won't have to squeeze the glue out.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:13 PM
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Diluting is probably a good plan. I just make my son squeeze the bottle! I'm a bad, bad mother.

What do kindergarden kids do? It can't be easy for them.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:29 PM
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I painted the Elmer's washable glue on with a regular wide bristle brush. Worked best for me. I did dilute 1/2 and 1/2. Then hit with the blow dryer and then had fan on it for about hour.
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Old 11-10-2013, 03:39 PM
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Thank you for your replies, tips and link... I will dilute a little more and use the brush that I bought. I will study that link for next time too
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:25 PM
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Originally Posted by SemiSweet View Post
I always dilute it to half water and half glue, that helps a ton. Make sure it's hot/warm water so it will easily mix. I've never had it wet still after letting it set out for an after noon and over night. If it does happen to still be wet though, you can run your iron over it to dry it a bit.

Next time I glue baste, I'm going to go a step further and try this method:
Thanks for this link!!
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Old 11-10-2013, 07:12 PM
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Thanks for the tip about diluting the glue with water n putting in a spray bottle. Am going to try that.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:45 AM
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I tried to dilute the glue and spray it on but it didn't quite work for me. I think I added too much water. I'm going to give it another go. I also didn't add any dish detergent. I was planning to try it out to demo for my guild at an upcoming meeting. I should give it a try and show it off at tomorrow's meeting. I do have a few quilts that could be basted so it would be great timing.

I think the spray way is a way to go if you want to use school glue. I personally would not want to paint the glue on. That sounds like it would take way too long to have to deal with. Spraying it on would be awesome as long as you can handle the trigger squeezing. I am getting arthritis and I know it can be tiring if I'm doing a large quilt.
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Old 11-11-2013, 04:55 AM
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I purchased slim bottles with fine tips at an art supply store. I could not squeeze the large Elmer's bottles. Then I diluted the glue (not sure if half and half) and it was easy to use. I found some small Elmer's bottles at JoAnn's and tried those which were easier but you would need to refill them a lot.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:19 AM
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why not just use quilt basting spray I never have a bit of trouble with that
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Stitchnripper View Post
I use Elmer's washable school glue to baste the sandwich. Not glue sticks.
That's what I do, too. I do find it difficult to squeeze out sometimes but have found if I remove the cap and rinse it out completely with hot water that helps. Sometimes the cap just gets clogged up.
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