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Thread: Elmer's glue versus 505 spray

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    Super Member QultingaddictUK's Avatar
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    Question Elmer's glue versus 505 spray

    I see on a number of posts Elmer's glue is it the same as 505 spray if so what is the advantages and uses. I am in the UK and I think this is a US product(?)

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    Power Poster PaperPrincess's Avatar
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    No, they are totally different. 505 comes in a spray can. Here's an older post on an Elmer's substitute in the UK:

    Use the 505 to spray large areas. Use the Elmer's in TINY dabs, more like pinning.
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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    Elmer's glue is the liquid kind kids use at school and it washes out completely. You can use it to baste your quilt by running thin lines about 3-4 inches apart across your batting, then spread out the backing or top and either let air dry or iron dry. Then flip and do the other side. By spreading the glue on the batting, you have complete control of the fabric and will get no puckers or wrinkles. The glue, when dry, will hold the sandwich together until you are done quilting/binding. Then it all comes out in the wash! I have just finished my first sandwich using liquid glue and love how well it holds....and no problems whatsoever stitching through it....even the occasional oops where the glue came out in a blob. Try it sometime on a small project to see if you like it before doing a large quilt....but I like it better than spray basting as there is no overspray issues, no fumes, never any puckers, it holds until you wash it out, and it is cheap!

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    Super Member carslo's Avatar
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    I have finished basting a 85 x 85 quilt and 1/2 way through a 108x97 quilt using the Elmer's Washable School glue method. I have not FMQ using this method but the sandwiching part was quite easy and truly a cost saving method compared to my favourite 505 spray adhesive. I took some pictures to do a tutorial if I like how it FMQ I will post them. My FMQ sewing machine is in the shop for a tune up so I haveto wait to try the sewing part.
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