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    Senior Member campion's Avatar
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    Used a basting gun----instead of pins or tacking with thread??

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    I used to use a basting gun - thought it would be so much easier. First one broke after a few uses, bought another one... soon it broke too. I finally bought some special basting pins and now only use that. Too much hassle trying to get the gun to work.

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    Spray adhesive here. I had one but found myself running over them with my machine when I machine quilted them.

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    I used to use one. If you get one, be sure to get the one with the finer needle and smaller tacks (Dennison is a good brand). Once I tried spray basting, I never went back to the tack gun; however, I prefered the tack gun to pinning and thread basting.

    The biggest problem I had using the tacks was if I laid the quilt sandwich out on a table; in this case, you need a way to lift the quilt up a section at a time so the tack doesn't hit the table. Solved that problem by using an old-fashioned 2x4 frame with clamps.

    Had to remove the tacks in small sections at a time while machine quilting or hand quilting.

    Spray basting is so much easier.

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    I've used a basting gun and it's OK. I like pins better. I really want to try spray adhesive. I've heard good things about it.

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    Never used a basting gun. I like the spray basting.

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    I had a basting gun but it didn't last long. It was also awkward for me to use. I do either pin basting or spray basting now.

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    I tried to gun once, and it worked ok. I am hoping to use the basting spray next time to see what I like the best.

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    i tried it - didn't like it - spray basting much easier!!

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    I also have a basting gun. It worked for a quilt or two, fixed it, got busy with another quilt - but then it broke - this time for good. Too bad, as I had purchased lots of the little tacks.

    But I discovered spray and now I use spray exclusively. Much easier, faster, and gives a very much better sandwich.

    Trying to locate all those little plastic tacks on the quilt sandwich after I quilted it was a bummer. Pins - not so good.

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    Gun drove me nuts, I spray baste and pin, after reading this do most of you spray only? my oh my if this is the case I have lost a lot of time doing both lol
    Rae

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    I use the basting gun and like it. Great for wall hangings and small quilts. If you hold the gun at an angle it works well. There is a tool like a stitch ripper for removing the tacks.

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    I have never spray basted I must try it but on a smaller quilt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Gun drove me nuts, I spray baste and pin, after reading this do most of you spray only? my oh my if this is the case I have lost a lot of time doing both lol
    Rae
    I spray baste only. I will use safety pins around the edges if the quilt is large, just to be sure the edges don't separate or move around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by campion
    Used a basting gun----instead of pins or tacking with thread??
    I have two, one won't work and half the time the other one jams. Now I use spray baste or safety pins. Sorry

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    Aw well I have pinned it from the center outover then ran out of pins so used the gun for the rest so I hope that works ok

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    No tacking gun for me, just adhesive spray or thread basting.

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    Eeeeks! I was thinking about purchasing the gun but now I won't. I have COPD, asthma and emphsema so I don't use the spray. I use the pins and then just have to be careful when I quilt.

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    Spray adhesive suits me best.

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    yup. HAD one , no longer have it.. hated it..

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