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Thread: How do you prefer to baste?

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    So....I'd love to know. Do you prefer pinbasting or thread basting and why or why not?
    Thanks in advance. Am trying to get motivated to finish something this weekend.
    :)lots2do

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    I pin baste because that's the way my friend who started me quilting taught me. I'd like to try the basting spray, but it's very windy where I live and I'm afraid I'd get all over everything but my quilt! (O:

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    I personally prefer thread basting. Other than I just plain don't like pin basting, I couldn't telly you "why". I really do like the spray basting though that I have just tried a couple times, unfortunately I won't be able to use the spray during the winter here, too cold and can't have the window open.

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    Thread basting preferred, but I've also done pin and spray basting.

    Of course, I'd *really* prefer it if they just put themselves together! :mrgreen:

    Jan in VA

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    Spray basting!

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    I pin with safety pins and tehn hand baste.

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    I pin baste larger quilts and use glue sticks for small pieces. The spray is great but I haven't managed to find a way to stop the overspray covering the areas around the quilt. Since I do this in my livingroom the stickiness hasn't gone over well with my family so I went back to pinning

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    Thread basting. I hate poking pins and I don't think the fumes of spray
    basting is good for ones health. But that's just me. :-D

    By the way, someone on another thread mentioned glue baste. I don't
    know if she meant spray baste of Elmer's glue. If anyone uses Elmer's
    washable glue I would like to know how.

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    I pin baste because I only have space to do part of a quilt at a time. I've found it difficult to thread baste a quilt in this way.

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    I personally don't like spray basting, hate thread basting and am okay with pin basting. Since I got my machine quilting frame I don't have to baste at all...bliss! :D

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    I thread baste if I am going to hand quilt but pin baste if I am machine quilting. Have never tried spray basting and not sure that I want too, although I notice on this Board that a lot of quilters use it and have no problems whatsoever.

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    Spray basting for me too :D:D:D

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    I can't spray baste very often due to my asthma and I also have birds so can't take a chance on harming them. I have tried thread basting but really prefer pin basting. It is a lot quicker for me and I don't have space to spread the entire quilt out so have to do it in sections.

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    Never tried spray basting but I prefer thread basting to pin basting - not that I've done a lot of either..lol. Pinning, and then removing them gets annoying...and hard on the fingers :)

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    I but the spray at walmart. No problems with it yet. Wash everything when I am done

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    I pin using the curved pins and I do it about hand-width apart. When a pin gets in the way, I take it out and don't have to worry about picking out basting thread bits.

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    thread basting for me...i think it's lots easier than pins, and lots easier to remove too...and i can cover much more ground in less time. holds better (for me) and stays flat.
    haven't liked the spray basting...seems like still had to baste anyway, and i made a mess...

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    Spray basting with a few pins for me.

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    I pin baste large quilts, and spray smaller ones.

    But I have an odd friend who uses an odd technique on her odd quilts. (I said all that because I know she'll read this....she's a lurker who won't come out of hiding but reads this forum all the time like I do...maybe this will make her join in and defend herself....).:D :D
    Anyway, she widens her stitch as much as possible and then uses a bar tack stitch all over the quilt although she doesn't let the needle go back and forth more than 3 times per tack.
    I know (and I've told her!) that is the same as tying a quilt (sort of) but she then quilts feathers or whatever all over without being annoyed with pins. After she's done she removes the bar tack stitches. She said she learned this from her odd great aunt. :D
    I've never seen anyone else do this but her quilt sandwiches stay put very well while quilting.
    She thinks I'm nuts for putting in tons of pins and then moving them, and taking them out etc. And I have to say her way is much faster than mine.
    (Now, Barb, come out, come out where ever you are!!) :-D

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    I used to use pins but now I prefer spray basting. I still pin the edges though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlwaysQuilting
    I pin baste large quilts, and spray smaller ones.

    But I have an odd friend who uses an odd technique on her odd quilts. (I said all that because I know she'll read this....she's a lurker who won't come out of hiding but reads this forum all the time like I do...maybe this will make her join in and defend herself....).:D :D
    Anyway, she widens her stitch as much as possible and then uses a bar tack stitch all over the quilt although she doesn't let the needle go back and forth more than 3 times per tack.
    I know (and I've told her!) that is the same as tying a quilt (sort of) but she then quilts feathers or whatever all over without being annoyed with pins. After she's done she removes the bar tack stitches. She said she learned this from her odd great aunt.
    I've never seen anyone else do this but her quilt sandwiches stay put very well while quilting.
    She thinks I'm nuts for putting in tons of pins and then moving them, and taking them out etc. And I have to say her way is much faster than mine.
    (Now, Barb, come out, come out where ever you are!!) :-D

    Would love to hear more about your friend's method. How does your
    friend put the quilt under the needle without everything shifting? Does she
    roll the quilt? Does she use any pins for the middle to start with? Or thread
    baste each quarter? Curious minds want to know. :D

    Please come out, we don't bite. :-D

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    use a glue stick for basting?? really?? tell me more..

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    [quote=EasyPeezy]Would love to hear more about your friend's method. How does your
    friend put the quilt under the needle without everything shifting? Does she
    roll the quilt? Does she use any pins for the middle to start with? Or thread
    baste each quarter? Curious minds want to know. :D

    Please come out, we don't bite. :-D[unquote=EasyPeezy]

    I've only seen her roll the sides. I was never able to get it to work well well for me that's why I still use pins, but she loves her way.

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    Thanks. I might give this a try. Would sure save a lot of time.
    One more question...does she do it on very big quilts too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    Thanks. I might give this a try. Would sure save a lot of time.
    One more question...does she do it on very big quilts too?
    She's made all sizes ---king size down to wallhangings---and as far as I know she manages to do them all this way.
    But I can't imagine how she did the king size like this....seems impossible to me! Maybe she has another trick I don't know about yet.

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