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Thread: To Glue or not to Glue????

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    To Glue or not to Glue????

    So after reading a few posts on using glue I had to take the challenge! I was out at the store and decided to by a bottle of glue and a glue stick. I was putting the borders on my quilt and figured there was not time like the present to give it a whirl. Well I realized two things.... #1 I LOVE IT! and #2 I am a glue stick kind of girl! Yes I have to admit I am way to messing to use use the bottled glue! I believe using the glue stick really helped me out! And if you buy the "purple" glue stick that turns clear - well it makes it easier to see where the glue is - lol!! Oh - and when I ran into my LQS yesterday don't you know I found they were selling "Quilter's Glue Stick" for $1.99 - it was only a matter of time....

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    I keep hearing about using glue for the binding and, for the life of me, can't figure out how you would do it. I use it for applique, and that's about it. I might try basting with it once...although that sounds messy. I will be sticking with Elmer's glue instead of "quilter's" glue. I just bought a huge bottle (nearly a lifetime supply) of Elmer's for less than a $1.
    ~Kala

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    Putting glue on a quilt just doesn't seem right to me. But if you like it, go for it.
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    I'm still afraid to try the glue. It just seems like it would be so messy.

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    Well, I'm a convert! After reading about it here and being afraid to try it, I thought, I've got this small piece I'm doing why not give it a try. It worked beautifully on a binding. I did keep a wet wash cloth on hand as I tended to get my fingers a bit sticky. All in all my first attempt went well. Just finished a few minutes ago, it's now in the washing machine for its final finish.

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    I love my Elmer's glue but prefer the bottle versus the stick, but whatever works for you is great.

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    Washable school glue has been used in quilt making since it was available. Now it's acceptable to admit and even the award winning quilters have said yes they use it to get perfect results.
    Got fabric?

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    I love both Elmer's glue and glue stick. And make sure you get the purple disappearing glue stick. I bought the repositionable glue stick by mistake (it is white) and hated it. My fabric pieces did not stick together at all.
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    I love elmers and glue sticks!!!

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    Do you use it straight from the bottle or does it need to be diluted in any way?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting View Post
    Putting glue on a quilt just doesn't seem right to me. But if you like it, go for it.
    keep in mind that the glue used is made with starch, so not unusual to use on a quilt. but each to his/her own
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    I used it straight from the bottle. LOVE IT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDQuilter View Post
    I keep hearing about using glue for the binding and, for the life of me, can't figure out how you would do it.
    This is where I learned how to do the binding, with Elmer's School Glue.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
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    As long as the glue is labeled "Washable", it is fine to use in a quilt. The first time you wash it, it will be gone. I, too, am a glue stick kind of gal, as I tend to end up with glue all over my hands and anything else in the general vicinity when I use the bottled kind. But I figure that's just one of those choices we are lucky enough to have to make, like spray starch, sizing, or Best Press.

    Save your money and buy at WalMart, the discount store or wherever it's on sale. $1.99 sounds awful high to me, as I just bought a package of 6 Elmer's glue sticks for 99 cents. The package had clear gel and purple glue sticks in it. I use it for applique and for securing things like velcro before I stitch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neesie View Post
    This is where I learned how to do the binding, with Elmer's School Glue.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE
    I learned here to. It really helps to make it easier to handle, especially if you want to machine sew your bindings. I usually hand sew because I like the look better, but there are times I do it on the machine and it comes out much better this way.

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    I use it for binding every time, never use a pin or a clip or anything else, and will use it instead of pins to position anything. Straight from the bottle for me however I did buy the special tips from Sharon Schambers and they allow a very nice tiny bead of glue. The regular bottle tips aren't bad, but can be a little messier. My first big quilt, I put just a drop of glue on each seam allowance so that I would't sew over it the wrong direction. Took me a few extra minutes, but was worth the hassle. If you are interested, check out Sharon's Binding The Angel youtube videos. I luckily stumbled over them the first time I made a quilt, so binding has always been a pleasure for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by homecaregiver View Post
    Do you use it straight from the bottle or does it need to be diluted in any way?
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    Straight from the bottle. Just make sure it's the Elmer's *washable* white school glue. I do like the tips from Sharon Schamber's website; allows me to use just a tiny line of glue instead of bigger drops. But, before I got those, I used the glue straight from the container and it worked great that way too.

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    LOVE using glue! It really makes life so much easier, and flatter, and less wiggly, and neater, and... The one thing that I really like is I do QAYG and there are just some fabrics that tend to stretch when quilting on them, and using glue right where the stitching will be so prevents the stretching and movement of the fabric when sewing on it. The only draw back that I can think of when using glue is you have to wash the quilt when you are done to get the glue out. But I always have pen marks that need to be washed out, so i guess washing before use is par for the course.

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    really have to try it one day. You all seem to like the "elmer". I suppose it is a typical American product?

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    Quote Originally Posted by annelu View Post
    really have to try it one day. You all seem to like the "elmer". I suppose it is a typical American product?
    The type used here is a children's *washable* white school glue. I would imagine that most countries have something similar. It is the type of glue used in the lower elementary grades because it washes easily off hands, out of clothing, out of hair, etc. I would think any kindergarten or lower elementary grade school teacher would know the brand name of this type of glue in Belgium. Here is a link to the Elmer's we are talking about:
    http://www.amazon.com/Elmers-Washabl...dp/B000Q3KHCM/

    If you're not sure, it would be a good idea test the glue you find to make sure that it does not stain fabrics and that it washes out. Just glue a test sandwich together, machine quilt it to keep it together, wash, and see if you find any glue residue or stains after washing. The glue we use is basically simply a very heavy starch.

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    I really need to try the glue! So if you are using glue for quilt basting, how would you do it? Esp if its a larger quilt? Just squeeze it on inbetween the layers? Or spread it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chezza_79 View Post
    I really need to try the glue! So if you are using glue for quilt basting, how would you do it? Esp if its a larger quilt? Just squeeze it on inbetween the layers? Or spread it out?
    Different people use different methods. Here is a link to just one tutorial on the board on how to glue baste a quilt:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...e-t208057.html

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    I tried this on the last quilt I did and I will never baste any other way.

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    Don't forget, this school glue is actually starch.
    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting View Post
    Putting glue on a quilt just doesn't seem right to me. But if you like it, go for it.

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    I tried using the washable glue for loading on the batting and quilt top on top of the backing (which is pinned to the leaders). I add a little bit of water to the bottle and do a very thin bead of glue across the top edges. Then I start quilting once the glue is dry. I have not looked back since then. It is a great time saver and more accurate.

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