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Old 04-26-2013, 10:05 AM
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Default If you have used glue in place of basting....

If you use glue instead of basting or pinning - when you sew through the places where there is glue - does it make the needle sticky?

I have been very curious about this.

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Old 04-26-2013, 10:10 AM
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I have only used glue on small items, but once the glue is dry, it does not gum up on the needle. I could not even tell there was glue on the fabric. I ironed it dry, but some leave it to dry naturally. Either way, I wouldn't think it a problem. I am hooked on the glue!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:12 AM
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If the Elmer's washable glue is dry it is not sticky. I did have a couple of places where the stitch was off a bit if the glue was thick, so smooth it out well. Drying overnight is recommended. The quilt will end to be washed when done because it feels like cornflakes to the sandwich.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:13 AM
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I glue a solid line very close to the edge of the fabric, so it's actually not even IN the sew path. I squeeze the container ever-so-gently so only a little comes out, and smear the dots as they come out so it's not in 'dots' on the fabric, but a nice thin line. Then I press-til-dry, and then sew.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:28 AM
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Elmer's white washable school glue is actually a thick starch so, when dry, you are simply sewing through starch.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:38 AM
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I'll chime in to say that I haven't had any problems with the glue basting. Needle goes through fine, no gumming, nice result. I'm getting ready to glue baste another one as soon as I get the backing in order.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:18 PM
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Oh, right, SNR...sandwiching. I have not yet used glue for sandwiching. I suppose if I did, I would still smear til super-thin, and either press or let dry overnight to avoid any potential needle issues.
(But I really like spray-baste for that step, so shouldn't be blathering on about the topic here )
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Old 04-26-2013, 01:29 PM
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I recently started using Elmers for matching seams instead of pinning. At first I was very careful not to use too much glue. Now I don't pay that much attention and I never have a problem.
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:03 PM
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No problems or sticky needles sewing through elmer's school glue!

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Old 04-26-2013, 04:12 PM
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Washable school glue is all I use since I tried it the very first time.....never any issues machine sewing through it, even the "lumpy" spots....and never a gummy needle (way better than spray basting).....I let mine air dry for about an hour, then flip and do the other side.....don't be bashful, give it a try!
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