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    Basting Spray

    Do you pin when using basting spray? Just curious to know what others are doing in that regard ...

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    depends on the project and the brand of spray- if it is a small project pinning is not usually necessary- for large quilts sometimes it is necessary to pin around the edges to keep everything stable. some basting sprays work better than others. read the instructions and follow them for best results and if the edges are pulling apart when you are manipulating the quilt pin or thread baste around the edges.
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    I typically only pin the edges to keep it from lifting as I move the quilt around.

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    Yes, I still pin but only about every foot or so on quilts.
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    I never pin after spray basting, whether a small wall hanging or a bed size quilt. They spray always works even if I lay the project aside for a few weeks. I've been very pleased with the spray basting method.

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    I usually pin after spray basting- not a lot, but like GingerK every foot or so.

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    When I have used 505 spray, on large quilts I might pin every couple of feet around the edges -- just so they don't get flipped (although you can readjust even if they do get flipped). I once ruined an expensive Bernina walking foot when it got caught on a pin that I missed taking out while quilting, so I do *not* like to use pins when quilting on my domestic machine!

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    I don't usually pin when spraying, but I was reading something recently that someone DID pin when spraying. I pretty much hate the process of sandwiching, so whatever I can do to make it easier ... well, I'll do it. LOL

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    I spray all the time. I never pin anything any more.


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    I gotta find a better spot to spray! I've been in my spare room with all the windows open (and there are four, in two different directions) and I'm still feeling a little lightheaded! Oops!

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    I use the washable glue to baste my sandwich and I NEVER pin.....I think I have tried all basting methods a nd washable glue is by far the cheapest, easiest, and best holding method I have found.....jyst sayin

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    I stick a few pins in the outer edges. That way you don't unpeel the spray basted quilt.
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    I do when I use my older machine, because I have to manipulate my quilt so much to get it under the small harp on my machine. It's alot of folding, puddling and tugging. But then I am a light sprayer anyway.

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    Not when I spray baste. 505 seems to work pretty good for me.

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    I use 505 also - no pinning at all. And I guess I'm just not very sensitive, but I use it inside all the time and have no issues with fumes or anything. I think I'm not sensitive, as my husband is always saying "Don't you smell that" about all kinds of things.

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    maminstl, I think the fumes are not healthy to breathe -- even if you can't smell them.

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    I don't pin when I use 505, and that is the only way I baste anymore.

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    Prism, no doubt you are correct. I make soap also and have learned to just hold my breath until I walk away from the lye fumes. I should probably do the the same thing with the 505.

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    I pin as others say around the edges just to ensure no catching backing. I use 505 as I have had no luck with elmer glue.
    I think it is personnel choice.
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    I use basting spray so that I don't have to pin. If I it is going to take a lot of manipulation/time to quilt, I will sometimes tack around edges of blocks before machining - just so I am certain that it won't shift.

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    I spray baste. I pinned my first quilt and nearly gave up quilting. Then read about spray basting here. Nearly 40 projects later (mainly throws and twin sized) I am still very happy with the June Tailor basting spray I pick up at JAF with a coupon. A can will last at least 2 twin sized quilts and saves me hours on my hands and knees and several trips to the chiropractor.
    In winter, I baste downstairs on a folding banquet table after throwing down an old sheet. In the summer, I'll often set up the table outside in the shade and spray away.

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    I struggled with just pinning and tried the basting spray. It works for me but I do pin very lightly just because I want to. I pin about every 10 - 12 inches. Mostly assurance for me and it will depend on the size of blocks and how I am quilting. I have never had the quilt, batting and backing move or come apart with the spray baste. I just have continued to "pin lightly."

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    I use washable glue to baste so I don't have to deal with the extra expense, fumes and over spray issues that spray basting has. On a large quilt I will put a few safety pins around the edge because I don't want the edges to get caught on the machine and stretch or pull apart seams. Other than that I don't use any pins. On a small project like a table topper or place mats where I am doing less wrestling with the sandwich I don't use any pins.

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    I pin after I have sprayed and smoothed everything out. Then I leave it for about 12 hours. It's worked so far!

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    just thought of something here - I am a fairly new quilter, and have never pinned - ever. I hand basted my first little quilt, then discovered the spray, and have never looked back. So, the idea of pinning for extra security has never occurred to me.

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