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Thread: Fusible versus basting spray

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    Fusible versus basting spray

    I order batting by the roll, and I need a new roll, I usually use spray basting, is fusible batting better than spray basting and is it worth the extra cost? Ladies(and gents) I would welcome your views.

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    Sorry I've only used itonce. I purchased an amount for a lap quilt. As is me I got. In a mess with the sticky sticking to each other . A friend use sit but only for small cushions. Where she can hold both sides to place on the front
    i will watch this thread asiam interested to see if some clever quilters can place on without it sticking to itself.
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    I have only used fusible batting once. It was even easier to get it layered than spray basting and seemed to be working quite well until it all started to come unstuck. I ended up pin basting it.
    Because it was so easy I am tempted to try it again just to see if I can figure out what I did wrong. Next time though I won't be testing it out on a queen sized quilt.

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    I tried it once on a lap size quilt, came un stuck. I wouldn't use it for anything big and if your not making regular size quilts, I would not see the need to buy by the roll.

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    I have used Hobbs fusible a lot. Sometimes it does not stick on particular fabrics (not sure why). I like it for tablerunners/wallhangings when I quilt them myself. Overall it works well.

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    I used it once as well. While it stuck to itself just fine as I tried to unroll it, I wound up spray basting it as it came unstuck in sandwich. Twice of sandwiching the quilt. I won't be buying it again. The large piece I have (it was a queen size quilt) I will use on smaller projects as everyone above mentioned.
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    I use it all the time on quilts of all sizes. And yes, the batting does come unglued at times, but I just use glue and stick it back LOL

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    I like Hobbs 80/20 fusible batt but it does take some work to get the sandwich ironed. The work involved in spray basting is about the same to me though. If I can get either the hobbs fusible or 505 basting spray on sale, that's what I go with.

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    The only times fusible batting worked for me is on a some small projects (baby quilt size or less). One time, though, I could not get the fusible to stick despite much ironing and steaming. It's really difficult to get it unstuck and smooth so I wouldn't even try it on anything bigger.
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    I still pin baste the old fashion way since it works best for me. I don't have an area large enough to use the fusible and never liked the spray fumes from the spray basting stuff. I live in an apt so there is no yard to work in.
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    I have used the fusible batting but found I still had to use a few safety pins to keep everything together on a larger quilt. Works well for a small project. Spray basting works better than the fusible in my opinion but the fumes are a bit nasty. Ever since I heard about the Elmer's glue method thats all I use now and have never looked back. Its easy, cheap, fast and no pins required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaglelady View Post
    Ever since I heard about the Elmer's glue method thats all I use now and have never looked back. Its easy, cheap, fast and no pins required.
    Just what I was going to say.

    It isn't for everyone, but many people who've tried it, liked it. Read some of the other threads about washable Elmer's glue and see what you think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecozy View Post
    I have only used fusible batting once. It was even easier to get it layered than spray basting and seemed to be working quite well until it all started to come unstuck. I ended up pin basting it.
    Because it was so easy I am tempted to try it again just to see if I can figure out what I did wrong. Next time though I won't be testing it out on a queen sized quilt.
    Exactly the same thing happened to me. I bought Hobbs which I normally love. I ironed it, let it sit over night and it all came unstuck - even re-ironed it. I ended up pinning mine also. When it works it's great. I also question that I may have done something wrong. Although I used it only 2 weeks after I got it, I wonder if it was old and the glue had worn off. Just trying to figure it out.

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    The main issue I had was very stiff finished product. Found it perfect for wall-hangings and table runners.

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    I tried it a few times , each time thinking the product or me would be better. Each time it came un- stuck way too easily. Spray basting is my preferred method.

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    Thanks folks, I think I'll stick to spray basting as I mostly make large quits, I haven't seen Elmers for sale in the UK and on my last trip to US I had so much fabric in case I didnt have any spare weight allowance to bring Elmers back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanacc View Post
    The main issue I had was very stiff finished product. Found it perfect for wall-hangings and table runners.
    Did you wash it afterwards? I know that it has very stiff finish, but once washed, it's all fluffy!

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    I have used it twice on large projects. It was important to get started correctly-squared- so that it did not go off in the wrong direction. Then, as soon as I was finished fusing it I did STID to anchor each of the blocks and borders. I also stitched with a long basting stitch the perimeter of my quilts. It worked fine for me. It is a bit fragile but anchoring it is the key. I like it. I do use the fusible in small projects and am careful to anchor the blocks with STID.

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