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    Hello Everyone, I have my top sandwich and square,i ma going to machine quilt in the ditch,? do I pin or baste with thread / Thanks for your help

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    I like to pin. It holds the layers tighter for me.

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    Hi Violet

    I am only fairly new to quilting but my teacher uses a spray glue baste and it works well for me.

    Go to the search option at the top of the page and type in basting a quilt and I'm sure you will see lots of previous posts on this subject

    Hope this helps

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    I always use large safety pins, about 3-4" apart. Taking them out as I come to them. Works for me.

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    Thanks for info and how to use the quilting board, I am learning new things everyday. violet lou

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    I use the curved basting pins. I like them alot. Welcome to quilting. You'll love it. I'm also in Ohio.

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    I've recently begun basting instead of pinning and I really like that better. I'm not as apt to run over a pin. That's no good for needles. Ask me how I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lnordyke
    I've recently begun basting instead of pinning and I really like that better. I'm not as apt to run over a pin. That's no good for needles. Ask me how I know.
    Same here. I can baste a full size quilt in a few hours using Susan Schambert's method with the two boards. I still have the pins, but I mostly use them for smaller projects.

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    In the past I have done the basting and the pinning methods. Since I started using 505 basting spray I don't imagine myself using any other method! It's what works best for me...

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    I spray and pin, when I run out of pins, I baste. I HATE puckers! Except when DH puckers up for me ;-)

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    I use the curved quilting pins about hand-width apart making sure that I don't pin in the path of a ditch.

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    I like spray basing, but I also do some pinning down on the outside of the borders and cornors.

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    I use 505 basting spray!! The best stuff around!!!

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    I spray baste and pin around the edges. I get fewer puckers that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by lnordyke
    I've recently begun basting instead of pinning and I really like that better. I'm not as apt to run over a pin. That's no good for needles. Ask me how I know.
    Same here. I can baste a full size quilt in a few hours using Susan Schambert's method with the two boards. I still have the pins, but I mostly use them for smaller projects.
    Love Susan Schambert's method of basting. I just am not able to crawl around on the floor to pin any more.

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    My favorite way is to thread baste using water soluble thread. No basting threads to pick out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    Quote Originally Posted by lnordyke
    I've recently begun basting instead of pinning and I really like that better. I'm not as apt to run over a pin. That's no good for needles. Ask me how I know.
    Same here. I can baste a full size quilt in a few hours using Susan Schambert's method with the two boards. I still have the pins, but I mostly use them for smaller projects.
    what us susan schambert's method sounds interesting as basting a quilt is the only thing I don't really like about quilting

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    I use the spray on basting glue whenever possible. Otherwise I pin.

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    Here is a link to a Youtube demo of Sharon Schamber's basting method:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhwNylePFAA

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    I used pins til I discovered basting spray. I didn't like thread basting.

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    For those doing hand-quilting, either with a hoop or small frame, you might
    ask a long arm (or mid-arm) machine quilter to do your basting. She can
    load your large quilt on her machine, and use a long, running basting stitch in both directions about 2-4 inches apart. (I use simple Meander stitch for this). This method keeps your top/batting/backing taut. Then you can easily start hand quilting in center of your large project, and work
    to all edges, easily removing basting stitches as you go.

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    Get yourself a Micro Stitch tacking gun! It came out as an "as seen on TV" item (I never saw it on TV) and was recommended to me at my favorite fabric store which carried it. The "other" brand had longer tacks and a fat needle. This thinner needle doesn't leave holes in the fabric and is very easy to use! Hard to see the little tacks to remove them but running your fingers over the quilt does a good job. Or remove them as you see them while qt'ing.

    A great tool for my arthritic finger! No hundreds of safety pins for me!

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    I use large safety pins. On smaller projects, I use spray on adhesive.

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    I found this tip on basting elsewhere. I haven't tried it yet.

    "I've just learned this and wanted to share. I think it is my favorite tip ever. When basting your quilt, leave thread attached to spool after threading your needle, thus eliminating all that cutting and threading. Can't wait to try it myself. - Peggy in Illinois"

    No doubt you'll need to cut the thread from the spool periodically to keep from having to drag so much through the basted area. Still--it would be quicker than cutting a lenght before basting, I'd think.

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    I like doing Susan Schambert's way of basting also. Seems to hold better. I was having trouble with pins and puckers.

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