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Thread: Basting with glue

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    Junior Member Donna in Mo's Avatar
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    I used the Elmer's spray and then found out it is waterproof! So don't use it! I was really upset since the quilt was for my new gr-grandson. But I gave it to them anyway. I saw it the other day, and after it was washed it was ok, just a little stiff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I still pin baste my quilts. I do it on my glass topped dining table and I make larger quilts and I have to move them to different sections to get them all pinned. I don't think the glue basting would work very well with my set up.
    I do think glue basting would work well for matching intersections when sewing long rows to each other. I could see right away that they are matchine up as they should. I will try it. Thanks for all the helpful hints.
    Jingle, I too always either pin or sew basted my quilts and it was my least favorite part of quilting. I finally spread a large quilt over a table and spray basted it, following it with Pinmoors...you can look them up. I found out about them on this board. I then proceeded to freemotion quilt on my sewing machine...nothing budged!!! I'll NEVER pin or sew baste again...and I think the spray basting is faster than the gluing.

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    Spray baste...it will knock your socks off! Easy and effective. BTW..I just pieced a real pain in the neck quilt with lots of seams meeting. I used the school glue instead of pins on the seams. My accuracy rate shot through the ceiling. Love the school glue for piecing and the spray basting for basting.

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    I am in the process of quilting a quilt after basting with Elmers glue. So far so good.

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    I'm giving a demo on using glue at out next meeting. I bought a bottle of Roxanne's GLUE-BASTE IT. The small bottle costs $4.50, and the larger bottle (4 times as much) costs $9.00. The larger bottle comes with two long metal applicators so you can get a nice thin line of glue, a cap for them, and a spout "cleaner outer". Of course if the spout needs much cleaning, whatever is in it can be washed out. I expect when that bottle is gone I will fill it with Elmer's School Glue.

    I tried it on several projects to prepare for my demo. Last Saturday at 4:00 I pulled a comfort quilt top (40X60 for the hospital comfort cart) out of the closet, and laid it on the bed. I put the back down and smoothed the batt on. I folded the batt back half way and put drops of glue every six inches or so and smoothed it back. Then I did the other half. The top was done in the same manner, but I used the iron to start the drying process. The bed is soft, so I just held the iron over the spots for a few seconds. I left the quilt set while I prepared the binding. Then I sewed the binding on, and did some machine quilting. NO PINS! I was almost finished with the quilt before supper. I left the binding closing and one corner to do at the demo.

    This is so much fun.
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    Oh im going to have to try this! thanks for all the comments

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I remember that mucilage; it's what we used at home. At school, we had to use messy white paste, in a jar. It usually smelled a bit like wintergreen and always left the pasted item rather lumpy.
    It's an Elmer's product that may still be available. It was in the school section of stores until about 10 years ago. When I couldn't find it in the store, I ordered it online. This is what I prefer to use for machine freezer applique, instead of glue sticks. It goes much faster for me. Apparently I have gotten better using it, as I don't get any lumps now! I thin it with water if it gets too thick.

    Edit: It's still sold! Here's one link I found for it:
    http://www.cascadeschoolsupplies.com...mNumber=120568
    It's a starch product too, which is why it work for my freezer paper applique.

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    I baste with Elmers School glue and it's great! Washes right out. Actually, I've used other brands of school glue with equally good results (a 4 ounce bottle of white SCHOOL glue at WalMart is 34 cents--enough to do two lap or baby quilts, maybe more). The key is to be certain the bottle is labeled SCHOOL GLUE and is stated to be washable--that means it will wash out. You can let it dry naturally, or heat dry it with a dry iron if you want faster results. I've been very pleased with it and now glue baste my quilts in sections on my laundry room folding counter. Certainly speeds up the process of getting my quilts to the machine for quilting.

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    Edit: It's still sold! Here's one link I found for it:
    http://www.cascadeschoolsupplies.com...mNumber=120568
    It's a starch product too, which is why it work for my freezer paper applique.

    Just recently I bought a jar of Elmer's Washable School Paste in a container exactly like the one in the link above. It has a different label. The back says it "washes out of clothes with soap and water, even after drying."
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    I remember that mucilage; it's what we used at home. At school, we had to use messy white paste, in a jar. It usually smelled a bit like wintergreen and always left the pasted item rather lumpy.
    And most kids ate that white paste... lol me included.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    Would it be appropriate to use this method of basting on a Christmas tree skirt that I'm working on an don't really want to wash?
    Karenpatrick, you could use it for your Christmas tree skirt, but if you are not going to wash it, I wouldn't. This glue is basically starch & starch could attract bugs while you are storing it during the summer. I'd hate to have you take it out at Christmas to find holes in it.
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