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Thread: basting for free motion quilting

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    Junior Member totosmom's Avatar
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    Good morning. I've been practicing my FMQ for a while now and feel I am ready to tackle that table runner I'm working on. For a normal quilt, I have always pin basted it together, but for FMQ, I'm thinking that just won't work.

    So, for those of you who have done this before, how would you baste a table runner for FMQ? I'm eager to hear all the possibilities.

    Dorothy in PA

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    Super Member sahm4605's Avatar
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    You can spray baste. it works well. I have just done two lap size quilts that way. you can also pin baste for fmq but you just have to have a plan and try not to pin where you are wanting to go.

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    I am going to try 505 basting spray and see how that works. Typically I just pin baste. I think you have 3 choices: basting stitches, pins or basting spray.

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    I used safety pins and also a light spray of quilt spray to hold it. I am not one to do a lot of heavy basting on a table runner before quilting because it is so small you should be able to control it.

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    Sorry double post

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    Spray adhesive 505. If you haven't tried it yet, you are in for a pleasant surprise. There is also fusible batting that is also good to work with.

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    You can try spray baste - but my machine doesn't like it. I have a Bernina and the stitch regulator has issues with the spray - don't really know why. I have successfully pin basted and started the FMQ in a small area then removed pins as I got close to them.

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    I just basted my first full size sandwich for FMQ. I used a needle and wash away thread. Don't like pin basting - it makes the sandwich too heavy and for me to hard to move around. I basted using Sharon Schamber's method.

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    I hand basted the first small wall hanging that I FMQ........because I was not confident enough to stop and take out the pins and continue quilting. This works for me and I still hand baste a small project. I just purchased Pinmoors.......have not used them yet.

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    spray baste works so well--check out you tube sharon schuber on basting a quilt radical--i could see haw it could work very well---dont know how to do a link someone may halp

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    I spray baste everything.It works for me

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    I use the Sharon Schamber method (it's on you tube). Much easier than pins.

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    I spray baste everything....if you try it, you will never pin again!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

    I like to use 505 spray basting!

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    Thank you everyone for you responses! It looks like I'll be spray basting this one. I'm pretty sure my LQS carries a brand that I can pick up tomorrow. It sounds like it would be perfect for my first FMQ. Wish me luck!

    Dorothy in PA

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    i've been successful with pin basting- but i hate doing all the pinning- when i'm going to quilt with my domestic machine i usually thread baste- just put thread in a big needle- big stitches across- in a grid- for me lots faster than pinning and lots easier to take out after too.

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    I pin with safety pins and FMQ. I just be careful and remove pins as needed.

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    Glue stick. I usually use spray basting but yesterday I needed a quick tablerunner for a gift. Also I've been using flannel for the batting in the runners as it lays flatter (prewashed).
    I was using a preprinted panel that I cut apart & was adding strips to-used the glue stick instead of pins. Got ready to FMQ & thought, "really don't want the spray" Glue stick was right there. I ran it in spots all over the back of fabric, laid it down on the flannel, etc. Did a practice piece & whipped it out in no time.

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    Has anyone used Gunold's KK100 adhesive spray? At LQS 18 oz can is $27. Owner claims it works better than 505.

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    I have tried the spray basting on smaller projects and didn't have too much trouble. Tried it on a quilt that I am quilting in sections, so it was a long narrow piece. It ended up with tons of ugly wrinkles. I had smoothed and smoothed like I did on the smaller projects, but still got the wrinkles. Why is it doing that? Ended up pin basting it.

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    I just finished fmq'ing a queen I spray basted with a few pins on the edges. Yeah, I know, what was I thinking? The results were great, not one pucker! Just remember if you spray baste, put newspapers around your project, you will have over spray.

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    Question regarding the 505 spray.....I use the Sulky 2000 spray...i love the factt that it doesnt "stay".
    I bought some other spray that was aweful and semi permanent. I didn't like the look that it gave the item.
    Does 505 stay? look sticky (wavy) forever?
    I too use the Sharon Shamber method for basting.

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    I pin baste and move the pin when i get to it.Connie in CO

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    I use both the spray and pin methods on my small items. It just depends on what pattern I want to use, sometimes the pattern does not do well for pins.

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    I spray baste.

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