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Thread: If you have used glue in place of basting....

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    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.

    Thanks

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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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    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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    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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    Elmer's white washable school glue is actually a thick starch so, when dry, you are simply sewing through starch.

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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.
    Alyce

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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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    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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    No problems or sticky needles sewing through elmer's school glue!

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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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    It won't gum up your needle if you let it dry well but it might break your needle if you leave
    big lumps of glue. Ask me how I know. Smear it or thin it down with some water.
    Start with half/half.

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    Has anyone tried basting a quilt using Elmer's glue spray (equal parts of glue and water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle)? Wondering if this would work?

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    No sticky needle here

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    This Elmers glue is boon to most of the sewing I do, not only on quilts, but to holding pockets in place for aprons, keep covering in place when adding cording to pillows to match quilts. I always let it dry overnight, and am sure to spread out any globs that happen. good luck with your project!

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    I use 505 with no problems it doesn't make blobs
    Finished is better than a UFO

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