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Thread: Dilute the glue or use it straight from the bottle?

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    Dilute the glue or use it straight from the bottle?

    Which is best? To water it down a bit(how much) or right out of the bottle? This would be to baste a quilt. As always, thank you
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    I use it right out of the bottle.

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    Elmer's School Glue is on my shopping list today, so glad to hear this. I was also thinking maybe you should dilute it, but guess it's ok as is. Thank you.

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    I always use it straight out of the bottle--make sure the label says "washable" glue. I see that WalMart and Target now have their own brands of "washable" glue, but I'm sticking with Elmers...I know it works **
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    I use it straight out of the bottle.

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    Straight out of bottle. No special tips used.

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    I would dilute it, mainly because it seems that they've "reconfigured" the glue so that it's "non run", and I've had trouble just getting it out of the bottle.

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    I've used it both ways. I don't like when it's too thick so I tend to dilute it a bit.
    I don't have a set formula. Try both ways and see what works for you.

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    Ive done it both ways! Diluted didnt stick too well with the cheaper thinner batting but worked great on thicker batting! Love doing it with glue!!!!

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    FYI Staples now has their brand School Glue on sale for 1 cent (1 penny).
    Limit 2.
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    straight out of the bottle....
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    I like to just take off the top of my Elmer's glue bottle and use a small paint brush to apply. That way there is no 'globs' of glue and makes a smoother surface.

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    Ditto what TerryQuilter said. I use Elmer's and straight out of the bottle. If you dilute it, I would be afraid it wouldn't adhere like it should.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbj137 View Post
    FYI Staples now has their brand School Glue on sale for 1 cent (1 penny).
    Limit 2.
    Got some at Wally World yesterday for 15 cents, 4 oz. size, no limit. Needless to say, I grabbed several.
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    I use it straight out of the bottle. I use the back of a spoon to flatten any areas that look a little lumpy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkys_mom View Post
    I use it straight out of the bottle. I use the back of a spoon to flatten any areas that look a little lumpy.
    Well, thanks for the tip about the spoon. I use mine straight out of the bottle but tend to get globs every now and then - I'll for sure use a spoon to remedy that next time. Sometimes I add a little water to a bottle that's almost been used up. Haven't noticed any problems so far.
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    I just tried this method and did very well using the glue straight from the bottle. I also tried diluting the glue 50/50 with water and that didn't work well at all (although it might have been the spray bottle I was using).

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    So after you get the glue on and it holds the edges together does the glue not hurt your sewing machine neddles?

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    You can dilute at least 2 to 1 with water and then use in a spray bottle. 2 or even 3 parts water to 1 part glue.
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    I just "Elmered" a table topper today and I used it straight from the bottle held about 12 inches high, and then drug a dampened sponge brush over the drizzles to flatten them out. Worked like a dream. If you let it dry completely it has no affect on your needle. I just finished a set of placemats and a quilted tote bag and, I'll tell you, I am in Love with Elmer!!!

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