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Thread: If you haven't used basting spray, you owe it to yourself to buy it

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    Oh my goodness. I bought the 505 upon the recommendation of several ladies on the board, and WOW, what a difference. I'll never, ever, ever sandwich another quilt without it. Absolutely amazing stuff.

    I taped the top to the kitchen floor, taped one edge of the batting and one edge of the backing. 15 minutes later, I have a sandwich ready to go on the machine.

    I'm single, so I stretched and smoothed it solo. (It's a baby quilt, so it wasn't anything large...)

    :mrgreen:

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    505 is awesome! I just love it!
    I've only used Sullivan Basting Spray before the quilt I'm currently working on. The difference between Sullivan and 505 is amazing. With Sullivan I had sticky needles and stiff spots. Nothing like that with 505, it is smooth as butter.

    Jhittle has the best price for 505, and gives a discount when you buy 6.
    http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com...new_items.html

    I've used basting spray for all of my quilts, I tried the tacking thing, the pinning thing, and the thread basting thing, they all drove me crazy. Basting Spray and especially 505 was miraculous to me! :D

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    I have bought the basting spray to see if I would like it too...haven't used it yet..but, will soon!:)Here's my question(s)...how much do you spend on a can (about) for the can I bought seems very pricey! And, do you still pin in place or something after your spray...say for a full size quilt?Thanks Skeat

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    pinning isn't necessary at all. It holds beautifully.

    I pay about $12 USD for a can. It covers 5 or 6 baby quilts, probably 2 or 3 queen size.

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    I LOVE the 505 Spray. I had used another brand of "quilt basting spray" and it was awful. The 505 is so easy to use and I did a lap size quilt and didn't pin or baste. And no wrinkles on the back -- first time ever for me and hand quilting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    I have bought the basting spray to see if I would like it too...haven't used it yet..but, will soon!:)Here's my question(s)...how much do you spend on a can (about) for the can I bought seems very pricey! And, do you still pin in place or something after your spray...say for a full size quilt?Thanks Skeat
    I paid $13.75 for the can, but the other LQS was out out of stock, and they it's $12 when they have it.

    I didn't pin the baby quilt, but I think I'd put a few around the border of a larger one. Not because the spray won't hold, but because I know I'm not spraying the edges as well as I should since I don't want to deal with the cleanup.

    It is an expensive product, but, with my extremely limited experience, it makes things so much easier to sandwich. I stitch in the ditch instead of the fancy quilting--I don't have the time, patience, or a long-arm to do it. Absolutely zero puckers so far.

    Less time sandwiching. No time repinning. No time digging out the stitches to get rid of the pucker. Definitely worth the cost.

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    I sing the praises of basting spray also. After crawling around on my floor and nursing my sore knees I finally tried basting spray. My only question was "Why did I wait so long".

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    Do you have to put something underneath your quilt when you spray? Or what do you do about overspray?

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    One question for the benefit of all us procrastinators who sandwich a quilt then set it aside for days/weeks/months before quilting--how long does it last?

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    I'll answer both. I put newspapers under the bottom layer of my quilt. They stick out of the edges about 12 to 18 inches. This takes care of the overspray I have. (don't let cats walk across the quilt after you spray. Their feet get sticky. Ok they are funny to watch walk but it's probably not good for them. Don't ask. LOL) I have taken up to three weeks to quilt a quilt and they are still sticking together just fine.

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    The first can I got (and only so far) stinks....horribly. But I got it on sale. I can't wait to try the 505..I've only heard good about it.

    What I have is June Tailor and it says right on the can it won't work past 2 days. So, I use it to keep things straight so I can pin baste. I can't wait to try the 505. A friend of mine swears by it and it takes her forever and a day to finish quilting it. She pins only the outer areas as she hand quilts from the centers out. She has found that quilts last just about 6 months basted with the 505. Anything more than that....and it fades, which is why she does secure the edges as that's all she has left to do in that time.

    Walmart sells 505 cheap for now, so I'll be stocking up.

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    I have spray-basted my quilts for years. Been exclusively using the 505 for about 15 months now. I have a couple that were sprayed a couple years ago that have yet to be quilted and they are still together. I have Pressed a couple with the iron before quilting cause they were hanging around so long they got wrinkled. The pressing may have helped keep them together a little better. I have 3 here basted with 505 that were sprayed over a year ago and they seem fine. I will probably press them before quilting too, cause they have gotten wrinkled. I like the 505 so much better than all the others I have tried.
    To protect surfaces from over spray, I tape the backing down and before I spray I grab a couple of old sheets that we use for painting etc, and just lay them around the edges so we don't spray the floor. Most of the ones I baste now, I take to the church and put together 2 or 3 tables that are height adjustable and use those, so no getting on my knees on the floor. I am fortunate that I have helpers when I baste. I have trained my DH very well and also my sons girlfriend and they can pretty much do it on their own. I am lucky I have so much help. I will never go back to pinning a quilt.
    I have not had trouble with shifting, sometimes the border may be a little "looser" cause I don't want too much spray hitting the floors.

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    I just checked the jhittle website and couldn't find 505 Spray. I clicked on the link purplemem was nice enough to supply but it led to a list of pages and I don't know how to navigate the site. Tried the category list and the alpha list. Couldn't find a little box to type in the exact product name. How do I locate the 505? Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrs. fitz
    I just checked the jhittle website and couldn't find 505 Spray. I clicked on the link purplemem was nice enough to supply but it led to a list of pages and I don't know how to navigate the site. Tried the category list and the alpha list. Couldn't find a little box to type in the exact product name. How do I locate the 505? Thanks.

    Try here for 505 Spray: http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com..._items_2x.html

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    it is on page 2 of this weeks sales

    http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com..._items_2x.html

    try this link
    all you do is scroll down the page
    Purple

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    (don't let cats walk across the quilt after you spray. Their feet get sticky. Ok they are funny to watch walk but it's probably not good for them. Don't ask. LOL)
    Oh littlehud that is so funny. Reminds me of when my cats get hold of sellotape bits while I'm doing xmas wrapping....stuck on paws? HILARIOUS!

    Luckily I read this board early on my quilting journey, so picked up on the praise of 505 after doing my first quilt. It is 6 from my LQS (about $8). I have not tried anything bigger than a twin size, so use an old queen size duvet cover to protect my carpet from overspray.

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    Thanks to Purplemem and Sewjoyce for replying -- I found it!!!

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    I love the stuff but have a hard time laying the batting and top down flat and straight I must be doing something wrong. On my placemats it was simple I guess because they are sooooooooo small compared to a quilt.

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