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    Elmer's school glue for binding

    I have a difficult time pinning the binding onto the quilt. I've read that some of you use Elmer's School Glue and press it down to dry the glue. I thought this might be a little easier for me since I have RA and my hands are not very dextrous. (Heck, they don't work very well at all.)

    The binding is sewn to the back of the quilt and now I have one edge turned and pressed to the front of the quilt, but I'm having trouble mitering the corner. Anyone have any tips or tricks to get a neat mitre when turning the corner? Do you glue and press in line, then turn in the mitre, glue and press again and then finally turn the corner and start gluing/pressing along the second side?

    I have to add that all my binding is sewn by machine. I can't handstitch anymore.

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    Here's the video for Sharon Schamber's binding method with Elmer's glue:
    I see they combined all parts into one video.

    You can pick and choose the portions of the video you want to use.

    But using the glue would also make it much easier to keep the binding in place while you machine stitch it down (if hand stitching is no longer an option or you prefer that way).

    No pins or binder clips needed.
    Just make sure the Elmer's is the washable kind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

    Enjoy!
    Last edited by MTS; 10-18-2012 at 11:17 AM.

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    Do try the Sharon Schamber's method, with the Elmer's School Glue! It's sooooooo much easier!
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    MTS and Neesie, thank you both . I just watched Sharon's video and picked up a few tips. I'm off to try it now.

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    I have hand problems too...I think I am going to try this method with my next binding.

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    Elmers School Glue is wonderful, just sandwiched my 4th quilt with it......
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    I agree with everyone. I tried Sharon Schamber's method after reading about it hear on the board. It does make it easier and my mitered corners are much improved. Still need to practice a bit more. The glue helps alot.
    Lisa

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    Might have to try this method she makes it look so easy but it will probably take a little practice.

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    That's brilliant. I have heard of using Elmer's for bindings and that's just awesome. I'm going to see about a video on using it for basting now...
    I think I need to kick out something quick so that I can give this glue binding a go

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    I've heard of Elmer's School Glue for basting and layering quilts also, but have no idea where I've read it. Maybe try googling.

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    This was way easier than trying to pin the binding on. Now I'll stitch it by using a decorative stitch--at least I hope I can. I've never used any but a straight stitch for binding. I have a sandwich put together to practice on. Will let you know how that goes.

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    I just did this last night for the second time in a week and am getting better at it.

    Step #1 for me is to trim the quilt corner to exactly match the binding edge. Yours may already be exact, so you may not need to do this.

    Step #2 is that I find that one edge folds into the miter corner easier than the other edge. I do the easiest edge first, gluing that down all the way and pressing from about 3" away from the corner. In other words, there is no turning; everything is glued straight into the corner as far as it will go.

    Step #3 for me is to glue the other edge down for about 3". This is when I create the miter. It often involves a little lifting and fudging to get it correct, and I might even need to lift up the previous glue a little (pretty easy).

    I will have to go watch the Sharon Schamber video now to see how she does it.......

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    The best thing about using the school glue is, once you iron it on, the binding can be pulled back up and re-adjusted if necessary. It only takes a small thin line of glue. As long as your seam is sewn straight, put the glue on that seam, then press the binding down and iron. Use a dry iron, no steam. Place pins in the binding or use the binding clips.
    I find that when mitering the borders, the side I am gluing, is the side I glue down all the way to the edge of the corner. Then I start a few inches away from the corner on the adjacent side and glue down the binding going toward that corner. The miter appears in the corner because you have already created the 45 degree angle from the other side that went to the very edge.
    I use the bottle tops for the empty coloring bottles sold at beauty supply stores. About $2. (Clear bottles with black tops are at our local store.) They fit perfectly on the school glue bottles. The tip is elongated and makes a perfect thin line of glue.

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    You do NOT have to iron it. I've been basting quilts with Elmers for years and have never used an iron on it. A thin line of glue, pat it down, let it dry, done.

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    This is a really cool method. I don't think we have Elmers glue in Australia do you think Roxannes glue will work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gramajo View Post
    I have a difficult time pinning the binding onto the quilt. I've read that some of you use Elmer's School Glue and press it down to dry the glue. I thought this might be a little easier for me since I have RA and my hands are not very dextrous. (Heck, they don't work very well at all.)

    The binding is sewn to the back of the quilt and now I have one edge turned and pressed to the front of the quilt, but I'm having trouble mitering the corner. Anyone have any tips or tricks to get a neat mitre when turning the corner? Do you glue and press in line, then turn in the mitre, glue and press again and then finally turn the corner and start gluing/pressing along the second side?

    I have to add that all my binding is sewn by machine. I can't handstitch anymore.
    If you don't want to press to dry the glue, you can slide a bobby pin on to hold it till it dries. This works well over the miter corners too after you have them glued and folded the way you want them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltaddiction View Post
    This is a really cool method. I don't think we have Elmers glue in Australia do you think Roxannes glue will work?
    Yep.
    Back when I first saw the method, I didn't have any Elmer's at home, but I did have Roxanne's.
    And the nozzle worked great, as did the glue.
    When I couldn't find the super-thin tips recommended at stores locally, I ended up using the little Roxanne's bottle filled with the Elmer's.

    Until my iron came in contact with the bottle.

    eta:
    Elmer's in Australia:
    http://www.elmers.com.au/elmers-wash...lear-glue.html
    This is the washable CLEAR glue.
    I kinda like seeing the WHITE line when I'm using it but either would work.
    The key is that it's the washable version.

    Check office supply, craft stores, or wherever you would buy children's school supplies.
    I've been getting mine at the supermarket, in the supplies aisle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTS View Post
    Here's the video for Sharon Schamber's binding method with Elmer's glue:
    I see they combined all parts into one video.

    You can pick and choose the portions of the video you want to use.

    But using the glue would also make it much easier to keep the binding in place while you machine stitch it down (if hand stitching is no longer an option or you prefer that way).

    No pins or binder clips needed.
    Just make sure the Elmer's is the washable kind.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

    Enjoy!

    Great tutorial. Thanks for the link!

    Linda

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    No doubt Sharon Schamber's bindings look great but I make mostly bed size quilts, as well as a few good size lap quilts. Has anyone used her method on large quilts; I realize it would work the same but the sheer size to glue, etc, seems overwhelming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunQuilts View Post
    Has anyone used her method on large quilts;
    I only make large quilts.
    LOVE the glue.

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    Thanks for posting Sharon Shamber's binding with Elmer's glue. I have quilts to bind and am not looking forward to it, but this looks so easy that I am not as worried about doing the binding anymore. Glad you posted the YouTube video. I think you helped a lot of people today.
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    I would love to know how to baste with glue as the spray baste is soooooo expensive. Can an entire quilt be basted or just the binding?

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    For those of you asking about basting an entire quilt, YES, you can do it. It's the only way I do it! Go to this thread, about 1/2 way down on the 2nd page, I go step by step on how I do it. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t180790-2.html Others have shared their methods too

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    I love this method! It's the only one I use anymore . Did learn "a little dab 'ill do ya" especially if hand stitching
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    Where do we buy the glue tips?

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