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Thread: Elmers Glue for Basting?

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    Unhappy Elmers Glue for Basting?

    I read there are some who use Elmers for basting so, I decided to try it.
    I basted with it, however, there are "wet"spots all over where the glue
    came through.
    Is this going to show and have to be washed or will it go away. It seems
    to me that some of the spots are dry but still show.
    Did I do something wrong or is lthis what it does?
    It is the school glue.
    Your replys will be appreciated.
    Elaine
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    I am curious to see the replies. I have been hesistant about using elmer's school glue, worried from not washing out - to gumming up my machine when sewing the binding on. I hope it is an easy fix.
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    I have not had any problems with glue washing out, as long as it's Elmer's "Washable" school glue. I have run into school glue (an off brand, not Elmer's) that I did have problems with, and it wasn't labelled washable. So I stick with the Elmer's washable.

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    I does that when you get a glob of glue in one spot. It will come out when you wash. Never had a problem with the machine or needle with it.
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    I have friends that use it a lot for binding, basting it to hold in place prior to final machine stitching. they love it. i think maybe you need to use a little less. And it can be thinned with water

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain View Post
    I have friends that use it a lot for binding, basting it to hold in place prior to final machine stitching. they love it. i think maybe you need to use a little less. And it can be thinned with water
    I also used for binding and had no trouble. You need to apply very thin and then then use your iron to heat set it. It also helps if you have a small nozzle attachment on the glue bottle so the glue comes out in a very fine thin line. Purchased mine on line a some craft store....sorry I don't remember where. Hope this helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dott443 View Post
    I also used for binding and had no trouble. You need to apply very thin and then then use your iron to heat set it. It also helps if you have a small nozzle attachment on the glue bottle so the glue comes out in a very fine thin line. Purchased mine on line a some craft store....sorry I don't remember where. Hope this helps!
    I guess I'll have to wash before gifting then because it is now dry and there are spots everywhere.
    I guess I used too much. Should have stayed with my 505 spray.
    Thanks for all your input. I appreciate it.
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    I also like Elmer's (washable) school glue....it works well to use dots of glue rather than a continuous line. This probably would reduce the amount of glue used. I have had no problems with the needle gumming up and so on.

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    I use Elmer's WASHABLE school glue on my bindings and heat set with iron all the time and have not had a problem with washing out OR any problem gumming up my needle or anything like that. I started using it after watching Sharon Schamber's you tube video on bindings and I figure SHE (!) should know! LOL
    I love it; it works for me:-0

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    I don't care for the white glue but I do use their glue sticks for applique and basting. I was just recently turned on to using the glue and so far no issues. If anyone has any real issues...I sure hope they post about it because I do worry a little that it might yellow later on down the road.
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    I have been reading about using the Elmer's School Glue for basting and binding. Had to try it. Binding first - it worked GREAT ! ! ! ! I only had a Washable School Glue Stick (Disappearing Purple) - set the glue with the iron - I was amazed - it really worked. No problem with the glue gumming up the needle and I don't have any injuries from pins. I'll will be trying this again. Maybe I'll go for the whole quilt basting next time.

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    If you go to post 51 on this thread http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t180790-2.html it will give you my step by step process. I've been doing this for years now.

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    I had an OLD partial bottle of Washable School Glue, so I used it to "test" baste a placemat. I also used a small spatula to spread the glue VERY thin on the batting. By using the spatula, I was able to baste both sides. I then heat set with a dry iron AND left it to sit over night, to make sure it was dry. I then did a basic Babtist Fan all over. No issues with needle, thread or moving it around my sewing machine. And it was awesome to not have to "hold" the fabric to keep it all from shifting! Now to do the other 5 place mats and bind. I've got some washable glue sticks I'll be trying with the binding. I love this forum, you find out the coolest new uses for "non-traditional" sewing tools!

    Thank you all for sharing!

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    I have recently started using Elmer's school glue to baste quilts and love the results. I run a thin line in a grid, about 3-4 inches apart onto the batting, then press down the fabric and smooth. It dries in about an hour, enough at least to move and get the second half done. The fabrics never shift and will hold until all fmq is done. You do have to wash the quilt when completed, but I always do anyway. The glue is basically starch and water, so I don't want that left in a quilt to attract bugs. I also use the glue sticks for binding because it seems to dry faster, although a bit messier when applying....but once again, it all washes out. I will never use pins, spray or anything else but glue to baste quilts....even the big ones

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckeye Rose View Post
    The glue is basically starch and water
    Actually, this isn't true. I think this used to be the case years ago, but the following is from Elmer's website:

    They are made or formulated from chemicals which are synthesized (created by Man). These chemicals were originally obtained or manufactured from petroleum, natural gas and other raw materials found in Nature.

    Wikipedia: The glue is based on an emulsion of polyvinyl acetate, derived from petrochemical sources.

    Not that I believe everything Wiki says, but this combined with what Elmer's statement makes me believe it's true.
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