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Best method for using Elmer's glia for basting?

Old 08-28-2015, 03:15 AM
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Default Best method for using Elmer's glia for basting?

I've seen quite a bit of talk on here about using Elmer's glue for sandwiching a quilt.
I'm wanting to try it but not sure whether to do dots or thin it out and use a spray bottle.
What method works best for you? And why do you prefer it?
Thanks for your expert opinions!
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:18 AM
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I am going to try this on my next quilt. I will be watching this thread with you!
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:29 AM
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I just squeeze out lines on the fabric, when sandwiching. I love the way it holds the quilt together. I squeeze more along the edge than in the middle. It washes out fine. I'm so glad that I tried this way of sandwiching.
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:32 AM
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I have been using the glue for the last 3 years and love it. I lay my batting on the floor then lay the backing on top. Once it all smooth I roll back one side and drizzle my glue on the batting (I do water the glue down with about 1/4 water to a bottle of glue) then I carefully pull the fabric over the batting. I use a yardstick to smooth the fabric over the batting with the glue in it. If I feel any big drops of glue I smooth them out with my hand. Then I do the other side. I let this dry overnight and then the next day I repeat the process with the quilt top. Hope that makes sense
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:43 AM
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i drizzle in a grid. One of our posters suggested glue basting replaces pin basting, not spray basting and this method works great for me
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Old 08-28-2015, 03:53 AM
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Has anyone found that this gums up their machine at all? Someone wrote in a little while ago that her serviceman said it was not good for machines.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:01 AM
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I've used the dots on a table runner and it held very well. I am currently doing a quilt (approx. 60 x 50) and I watered down some of the Elmer's Glue and sprayed it on the backing and ironed the batting to it and it is holding perfectly. I am quilting this on on my domestic machine and with all the shoving and pulling and ripping out it has not come apart. Greatest thing for quilting since the first sewing machine! But make sure you buy Elmer's WASHABLE School Glue. And I bought a $1 spray bottle at Walmart.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:02 AM
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I have not had any problems with it gumming up my machine. Also you must iron the fabrics together after you put on the glue.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:49 AM
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I thin my Elmers down - about 3 parts glue to 1 part water using an extra glue container and apply in a thin line to a manageable section of the batting - i then "spread" out the glue gently using an old credit card. I found that applying it to the batting then smoothing the fabric down caused less "stretching" during the process. Next step - i press that section with a warm iron to speed up the drying process. This method has been working very well for me.
RE: gumming up the machine..... i always let my sandwich dry overnight before i start quilting.
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Old 08-28-2015, 07:34 AM
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I prefer to "draw" wavy lines. Once I applied the glue all over. Big mistake.
The quilt was so stiff... like a huge piece of cardboard. Imagine handling
that while quilting. The wavy lines keep the quilt sandwich pliable and
manageable. I wipe any excess with my finger that way the needle
doesn't go "klonk" on those spots...or break.
Make sure the glue is good and dried before you start quilting.
I also dilute the glue with water 1:1. I don't like when it's too thick.

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