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Thread: Dritz basting spray

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    Dritz basting spray

    I have started using this item and really like the way it works because it means no more pinning and then have my fabric not moving around when I quilt - But - I find I have a very stiff feeling quilt when done and even after washing the quilt it is still stiff not soft and cuddly - I have changed my batting and it still ends up the same - stiff and hard - any suggestions - please help
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    Welcome to the QB. I use Tailor basting spray from JoAnns and don't get a stiff quilt. Are you using the spray very lightly? It really doesn't take much.
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    I don't find the 505 spray to make the sandwich stiff, either. But it doesn't take much to make it adhere.

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    i use dritz unscented only. i usually quilt in winter ..in north here you don't open windows to let the smell out . i spray lightly. it holds well & softens up nicely when finished & after washing. it sounds, to me at least, like maybe you are spraying too heavily.
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    I use 505 and it washes out completely, so no stiffness left in the quilt. I have used several basting sprays, including Dritz, and much prefer either 505 or Therm-o-Web. I have seen a few negative posts about Sullivan's, Dritz, and off-brands but do not remember specifics. In one case, it was clear the spray was very old.

    Aside from the fact that you may have applied the basting spray too heavily, it may be that there was not enough agitation in your washing machine to get all of the basting spray out. What kind of machine did you use, and what water temp? I know some people have found that they need to use warm water (not cold) and extend agitation time (depending on type of washing machine) in order to get all of the Elmer's glue out of their quilts (Elmer's white washable glue is an alternative basting media to basting sprays). Although Elmer's is water soluble, it doesn't instantaneously dissolve in the presence of water; it still requires some agitation and soap to get it all out. The same may be true of Dritz basting spray.

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    505 or Sulky are great.

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    I like the June Taylor spray. It has 10 oz and the 505 has 6 oz for the same price.

    June Taylor spray has almost no smell and a very light spray hold well.

    I think heavy spraying is the cause of the stiff quilt too.
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    I prefer 505. Lightly sprayed holds well. Quilt soft with no stiffness.
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    Perhaps if you wash it again and let it soak a bit?

    I also use 505 and have never had it be stiff. I've also used June Taylor with good results.

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    I’m pretty sure Dritz is the same as June tailor in the light blue can. It’s st Joanns snd Walmart. Always half the price at wm. One can has lasted what seems like forever but I do mostly baby quilts. I wave the can over the area. That’s all you need. I also glue baste using the Sharon Schambers method - more or less for large quilts.

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    I think you must be using too much spray. I spray very lightly and then still use a few pins very widely spaced, to help the glue hold. My quilts never feel stiff.

    Your batting may have something to do with it, too. 100% cotton batting will feel more stiff than a poly batt in a finished quilt.
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    I just spray side to side and move down and spray again. unfold the top and press in place as I go.then move and roll up top from other side and spray again. always moving my arm and using light spray as you would with hair spray.

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    I use any brand, no problem...l lay my layered quilt on plastic ( overspray). I lift 1/2 of quilt's top & batting, folding back onto other half.Holding the can about 15 " away, I then Very Lightly spay the exposed backing plus batting that's folded over. I unfold the batting, smoothe in place onto backing. Next l Sparing Spray that batting's top plus the underside of quilt top which is still folded over. Now l unfold top & smoothe over the batting. Half your quilt is now basted.Continue with the other side's batting and top fold over the half that's just been spay basted. Again, the back of batting and backing get Sparse spray from a 15" distance. Fold the batting over the back that was just sprayed. Now spray the top of the batting and last half of top's underside. Unfold & smoothe into place. Once basted, flip over & check for creases etc. You can gently peel back 1/2 of quilt's top or backing, reposition & smoothe into place if need be. I find smoothing from center to outside works best. When you are satisfied that all is well, set with heat of iron. No steam , just a bit hotter than " wool" setting, and hover the iron just above surgface of quilt top. Then flip over & repeat with back. On a lapsize, you will need no pins . I do reccommend you safety pin the backing to the front all around the edges before quilting. This keeps the batting from catching on your machine's foot, gives you something to grab when quilting near edges, and prevents you from accidently catching a piece of backing into the quilting near the borders.
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    I have found that if i use warm water in the washer it works much better getting the spray out.

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    I use Sullivan's basting spray which washes right out and the fabrics still stays soft during the whole quilting process. With any spray, make sure not to over do the spraying.
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