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Thread: Elmer's washable clear school glue

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    Elmer's washable clear school glue

    I saw this in the school supplies and wondered if it would work for bindings. I did a 3 inch sample square with mitered corners and lots of messy liquid glue. I used the hot iron to dry each little side and corner one at a time. I sewed the binding edge down by machine and it didn't bother my machine. I washed the little square to see if the glue would come out and it did. I will be using this again on a larger quilt.
    I thought with the clear glue, I could use it for my wallhanging bindings too and they would not need to be wash if I didn't want to. The glue left in the binding is a little stiffer and I thought that would be excellent for wallhangings.

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    I tried the clear and it did not seem to hold as well while handling to sew.

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    I am a little confused, does the glue come out of the bottle clear ????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deborahlees View Post
    I am a little confused, does the glue come out of the bottle clear ????
    All of the Elmer's glue I have ever seen is white. I've used the glue sticks before.
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    Elmer's make a clear school glue. Not all stores carry it and I've only seen a few bottles on the shelf. Also it comes in a tube like a big marker if you are lucky enough to find it. I usually find it in the scrapbooking supplies.
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    The bottle is clear and the glue is clear. I held my iron on the glue until the glue line dried. I have not tried the regular Elmer's washable white school glue so I don't know if it takes longer to stick. I was surprised that it even held the double thick mitres in place. My sample was small so I will try it again on a bigger quilt the next time I do a binding. Does the regular white glue dry clear or stay white?

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    You use Elmer's washable school glue. It can be used in quilting for so many more things than just the bindings.
    http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2008...nd-quilts.html

    I do all my bindings with Elmer's but I also washed them after.
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    The white glue dries clear.
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    Several years ago I tried Sharon Schamber's recommendation to use the Elmer's Washable School Glue (the one I use is white) and heat set it as you described. She uses it for bindings as well as her Piecelique technique. I know she has a website and some videos that show this, just google her name. I demonstrated this way of doing bindings by machine at guild last month and everyone loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The glue left in the binding is a little stiffer and I thought that would be excellent for wallhangings.
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    I use Elmer's White School glue for bindings, basting and applique. Here's a link from a post I made when someone asked how I did it. http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...t-t180790.html I've never used the clear, but I've used the Glue Sticks for applique as well

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    I tried it for the very first time last night. I used a cheap iron that didn't steam anymore and it got everywhere! I didn't use a tip, so I might have been a little messy. On the other hand.. it worked really well!

    When I was in the Army, we used Superglue on our cargo pockets when we pressed our pants. Worked great but lasted several washes. I made a little cash on the side by pressing pants for other soldiers and cutting hair!
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    Does one maybe need to use the acid-free kind if doing a wall hanging or such that will not be washed-??
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    Elmer's school glue is not permanent so will eventually 'let go'
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    There was a post last week about using glue, so I bought Elmer's school glue at 3/$1. gotta love back-to-school sales. I did see the clear, but wasn't sure how it would work.
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    I haven't tried the clear school washable glue. But I have used the white - and it seems to adhere after pressing - but if I put too much, the needle in my machine will have a hesitation moving forward. I think sometimes less is best - then it all washes out really nice once I'm finished with the quilt. I use the elmers glue on all bindings even if I hand stitch them.

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    I used too much glue when I glued some batting in for a trapundo effect and it was really stiff and hard to quilt. I sprayed cold water on it to remove markings, and it softened the glue too! It was a good thing in this instance, but that plan might back-fire if I was counting on the glue to hold it together after I sprayed!
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    I agree...the purple school glue stick doesn't work well for doing bindings. I use the elmers white school glue in a bottle, I squirt a bit on a scrap and run a pin tip through it and just dab a very small dot then iron.

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    Watched Sharon Schamber's video on binding with glue. She just uses the glue to keep the binding in place until you sew it.

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    Just had a thought. I am about to make a rag quilt & this would work great for putting the batting in the sandwich. A dot in each corner would hold it & I won't have to worry about it shifting when I put in embroidery frame to quilt. Thanks for tip.
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    Yes, the white glue dries clear and so does the purple glue stick. I personally use the glue stick. Lots less mess to deal with and it holds well.

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    When you use the glue, open it only enough to get little dots out when you squeeze it. Put the dots every 1/4" , fold it inplace and heat with iron. It only takes seconds to dry it. I only glue the corners, 2'' in each directions as the rest is easy to fold and sew as you go. Washable white school glue is what I use.

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    Wow, gonna have to try this!
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    I have really learned a lot.. Thanks

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