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    Smile I'm a believer!

    For months, I've read posts from people raving about using Elmer's Washable School Glue for quilting. I use Elmer's school glue for various craft projects but never thought it would work for quilting. Seriously...glue?? Well, today I gave it a try, not once but twice and it absolutely works! No more using pins and poking myself when binding, and no more buying fusible web for applique. Just a little bit of glue does the trick. I'm a believer and can't be more excited!

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    I cannot believe I am saying this but since I got my long arm I am missing my glue basting. I basted everything with Elmer's, from appliqué to large quilts. I love it!

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    Never tried it - I think I'll ask at the guild to see if anyone there has tried it. Don't understand how to do it and am probably afraid of the long-term consequences. (if any)

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    If sharon Schambers can use it and get by with it, I don't think theres to many long term consequences. Sharon wins the big quilt shows so I'm pretty sure its okay.

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    I wouldn't put binding on without it! I've been using it for quite a while. Elmer's School Glue is the one I use, and I think most others use it, also.

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    I can't wait until I can give this glue thing a try as I have never heard of it... But I have two projects going that I'm going to finish before I start anything more!!

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    Since I have to bind a quilt today, think I will glue it, and enjoy the experience.. I am so thrilled Tashana mentioned to try it on applique.. I have to do that too.. I love the idea..
    It's a little funny, but my niece took a book out of the library on quilting, and I mentioned that it's obsolete. There are way too many newer ideas..

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    Love my elmers!!!!

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    This is the first I've heard of using elmers glue for basting. I would love to try it. I'll be binding my quilt soon. I have one question so far? I quilt using my Janome and wonder if it will gum up the needle.
    Susan

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    Susan: I've used glue on a couple of my quilts recently, including the binding, and it has not created any problems with the needles. When sandwiching, I just sprinkle glue around, flatten out if there are any clumps so it isn't too think in one place, and let it dry overnight. For binding, I just put a few drops on and iron it. The heat will dry it so you can do the binding right away. The first time I did a quilt using this method, it was a full-size quilt. It was so nice not to have to worry about shifting when FMQing. The back of the quilt looked so good when I was finished (with no pleats or anything else) that my husband laughed at me doing a happy dance!

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    And I love glue for joining rows together. Just lay the rows on the ironing board, add a few small drops of glue at a time to the bottom layer, match with top layer, a quick press of the iron and move on. It is great for matching seams and NO pins when sewing those long rows together. Absolutely great! :-)
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    Question - I just found the spray basting stuff - it was glorious, but someone said to use this Elmers for basting the quilt/batt together - how much do you spread on? Do you dilute it and, like, paint it on or do you just dot it on??

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    Thanks so much for all the info everyone! I'm gonna buy me some elmers glue. I'll be binding my quilt very soon and I guess that will be the best time to try it out.
    Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atomicdog View Post
    Question - I just found the spray basting stuff - it was glorious, but someone said to use this Elmers for basting the quilt/batt together - how much do you spread on? Do you dilute it and, like, paint it on or do you just dot it on??

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    Cindy, I usually spray baste too, and it is glorious... except for the fumes. It sounds to me like it would be dotted on. I think I'm gonna give it a try.
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    This is an amazing idea! I knew I'd learn a lot once I started looking around! I've got a lap quilt to bind this week and I'm going to try the Elmers. Thank you!

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    With all the raving going on here, I must try it and soon

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    I spread thin lines of glue onto the batting about 3" apart....just open the bottle nozzle completely open and hold upside down and go back and forth....sometimes the lines of glue turn into little dots and that is ok.....then lay down the fabric and smooth, then pat down into the glue....either iron dry or air dry....then do the next section

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    FYI - Please make sure it is Elmers SCHOOL GLUE. It is water soluble and washes out. It works great!
    Go confidently in the direction of your dreams...live the life you have imagined. Thoreau

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    I may have to break down and try this!
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    Here is a tute that one of the members posted. http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...d-t217470.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScrappyAZ View Post
    For months, I've read posts from people raving about using Elmer's Washable School Glue for quilting. I use Elmer's school glue for various craft projects but never thought it would work for quilting. Seriously...glue?? Well, today I gave it a try, not once but twice and it absolutely works! No more using pins and poking myself when binding, and no more buying fusible web for applique. Just a little bit of glue does the trick. I'm a believer and can't be more excited!
    applique! 'never thought of that - ahhh no more fusible web sounds good to me!

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    Elmer's Glue tips

    Quote Originally Posted by stitchinwitch View Post
    applique! 'never thought of that - ahhh no more fusible web sounds good to me!
    Does anyone know where she gets the fine tip for the glue she is using in the video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
    Never tried it - I think I'll ask at the guild to see if anyone there has tried it. Don't understand how to do it and am probably afraid of the long-term consequences. (if any)
    It's just starch and washes out totally as long as you use the WASHABLE school glue. See Jan in VA post in Main today.
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    I tried it yesterday on the binding, and haven't sewn it, but it is laying perfect, and should be a breeze to sew. I didn't have the tip that would make it thinner, but I think it was thin enough.. Now what do I do with all the cans of spray baste I bought? Ughhhh

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