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    I can't believe this has ever happened to anyone else (said with tongue in cheek). I am just zooming along with my projects when alas I used up my can of basting spray. Maybe a month ago (before my flood) I bought a new can for this moment. I wonder where it is. I have looked every where, even in the garage. Now, my question is....what else can I use besides safety pins? I want to finish this runner today, not in 3 years. I tried some spray starch. By the way I have 4 cans of that; thought it might make the batting and top & bottom stick at least a little bit. Help!!!

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    I've never used basting spray ~ where do you spray it? maybe I can help by telling you the way I do it? but I need to know what/how you are using it.


    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    I can't believe this has ever happened to anyone else (said with tongue in cheek). I am just zooming along with my projects when alas I used up my can of basting spray. Maybe a month ago (before my flood) I bought a new can for this moment. I wonder where it is. I have looked every where, even in the garage. Now, my question is....what else can I use besides safety pins? I want to finish this runner today, not in 3 years. I tried some spray starch. By the way I have 4 cans of that; thought it might make the batting and top & bottom stick at least a little bit. Help!!!

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    You could baste it with needle and thread. A table runner shouldn't take long to do.

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    One of my friends uses Elmer's washable school glue. She said it washes right out. That can will show up the minute you finish quilting! ;)

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    I agree, a needle and thread will do the trick. I use the backside of my rotary cutting board sometimes for this. I put the backing on, (right side down) and use masking tape to hold it in place. Then I place the batting down and then the quilt top or table runner (right side up). I use a brightly colored old thread....usually orange...and use a curved needle to quickly baste. I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter4HireAndFun
    I agree, a needle and thread will do the trick. I use the backside of my rotary cutting board sometimes for this. I put the backing on, (right side down) and use masking tape to hold it in place. Then I place the batting down and then the quilt top or table runner (right side up). I use a brightly colored old thread....usually orange...and use a curved needle to quickly baste. I hope this helps.

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    Nope, don't hand baste anything. Didn't you know that is why sewing machines were invented? I lay my runner top on the batting getting it roughly where I want it, fold half of the runner back and lightly spray the batting, then pat the runner top back down on it, then repeat on the opposite side. Then I cut the batting slightly outside the runner top, then lay that on the upside down backing and repeat the above procedure. Works well for me. I like using safety pins too, but wanted to try to speed this process up a bit today. I have arthritis in my right wrist and hands, so have great difficulty hand basting, the pins are problematic today as well.

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    I, and some others, have used hairspray (or spray gel!) with a moderate success. It works best on smaller projects. The cheaper hairsprays hold better, like Aqua Net. If you have some, test it on your fabrics first to make sure it won't make the color bleed.

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    Glue sticks work great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I, and some others, have used hairspray (or spray gel!) with a moderate success. It works best on smaller projects. The cheaper hairsprays hold better, like Aqua Net. If you have some, test it on your fabrics first to make sure it won't make the color bleed.
    I am working with a Christmas fabric that has the gold on it. Since I paid a small fortune for the fabric I am kind of afraid of putting something on it that will cause a problem. I hadn't planned on washing it afterward since it is just a table runner. I may try the glue stick in places. At this point I have made so many trips up and down the basement stairs, between hanging laundry and looking to see what the dogs are barking at that I am ready to call it a day.

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    If it's just a long table runner, couldn't you just baste it in place with long straight pins since you don't want to use safety pins? I would do that before trying to use any type of glue. It obviously wouldn't work on a full quilt, but why not give it a try on a table runner?

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    Sorry, but I would opt to go out and buy another can of the basting spray. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by leiladylei54
    Sorry, but I would opt to go out and buy another can of the basting spray. LOL
    I'll do that tomorrow, but I don't go out on weekends. I am 10 miles from my Joann's, and 10 miles the opposite direction from Wal Mart, and my LQS isn't open on Sundays (Amish country, you know). I will try the pins. I'll post a pic if I ever get it done.

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    This is why I use Pinmoors. The best thing I have bought in the last year. I can baste a big quilt in no time using these. FYI: I have tried every spongy/foamy/pliable item there is but they aren't Pinmoors.

    http://www.pinmoor.com/

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    I use safety pins for my basting. They work great and don't come out like stick pins do. You also don't get jabbed in the boob every time you turn around!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    I use safety pins for my basting. They work great and don't come out like stick pins do. You also don't get jabbed in the boob every time you turn around!
    You'll love Pinmoors. (no affiliation, just think it's a great product)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    This is why I use Pinmoors. The best thing I have bought in the last year. I can baste a big quilt in no time using these. FYI: I have tried every spongy/foamy/pliable item there is but they aren't Pinmoors.

    http://www.pinmoor.com/
    Cool! I may have to get some of those. Are they easy to find?

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    I hope that you found a solution and that your table runner is on the way to completion :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    I hope that you found a solution and that your table runner is on the way to completion :D:D:D
    Well, I was pinning it and thought I was on a roll till my grandson called to say he and his dad were locked out of their house, so I had to drive over with a spare key I keep. They only live about 10 minutes from me but by then all my steam was gone. Now I am going to eat some dinner and collapse for the evening; will probably do some knitting while watching TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    This is why I use Pinmoors. The best thing I have bought in the last year. I can baste a big quilt in no time using these. FYI: I have tried every spongy/foamy/pliable item there is but they aren't Pinmoors.

    http://www.pinmoor.com/
    Thanks for sharing the info about pinmoors! I am definitely going to look for those next time I am out shopping.

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    Tape back edges onto table top with painters tape, lay batting on top and smooth, lay top on it and smooth and baste with big needle and thread with big stitches. As you quilt just snip and remove thread before you quilt in that spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Quote Originally Posted by leiladylei54
    Sorry, but I would opt to go out and buy another can of the basting spray. LOL
    I'll do that tomorrow, but I don't go out on weekends. I am 10 miles from my Joann's, and 10 miles the opposite direction from Wal Mart, and my LQS isn't open on Sundays (Amish country, you know). I will try the pins. I'll post a pic if I ever get it done.
    I'm - 20-25 miles from ANY store and 35 miles from a fabric store.. 10 miles would be a hop, skip and a jump for me.. I'm waaaay out in the country..

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    Quote Originally Posted by grann of 6
    Cool! I may have to get some of those. Are they easy to find?
    I ordered them from the website. I asked at two closest quilt shop to me and they looked at me like I was silly and said they never heard of such a thing. That's one reason I don't shop at the LQS very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I, and some others, have used hairspray (or spray gel!) with a moderate success. It works best on smaller projects. The cheaper hairsprays hold better, like Aqua Net. If you have some, test it on your fabrics first to make sure it won't make the color bleed.
    i have heard this also..aqua net..the spray, NOT the pump type

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    Those Pinmoors look great! I will have to get some. I use safety pins, too, and hate spray basting stuff. It seems to leave a film over everything in the area. I have had good luck with iron on batting for small things like table runners but find it still shifts too much for bed-sized quilts.

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    I use bolts of WonderUnder to hold applique in place before satin stitching. There are always tons of scraps left, so I peel off the paper backing and use the scraps. I've only done it on small quilts buy I sprinkle them across the batting then iron on the top using steam to bond them. Works for me and since I already have a bucket of scraps...

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