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Thread: OK - I've been quilting for 4 years and I find out about this NOW???!!!!

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    for 4 years I have spent hours pin basting my quilts, only to stuff them through my machine with pins getting hung up on the sides of the table, and as some of you saw, actually sewing THROUGH the heads of the pins!, having to stop to remove pins when they get in the way, dealing with the weight of the dang thing, and generally getting REALLY REALLY frustrated....and NOW I find out about quilt basting spray!!

    OMGosh, where has it been my whole quilting life??? Currently working on my 1st quilt basted with the spray and I will never never never use pins again....it is smoother, faster, cleaner, prettier, easier.....i am SO IN LOVE!!! :P :P Until, of course, I get my quilting frame :lol: !!

    Just thought I would share! :D

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    yipeeeeeeeeeee welcome to the world i used pins on my first quilt and i said after that there has to be a easier way than pins i saw the 505 basting spray at my local quilt shop and asked the lady what it was for and she said she uses it so i tried it and fell in love i use it everytime i have even gone as far as to move the quilt from room to room tote it around with me differant places and it still stays in place before i get it all sewn then i wash the quilt after i am done

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    I have never tried the spray, I wonder if it would work OK for hand quilting. Does it add any stiffness or anything?

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    I'm wondering about the stickyness of the glue. WOuldn't it stick to the needle? I know that sewing with Wonder Under, the glue gets all gummed up on the needle and the thread breaks alot. Then I have to take my alcohol (not my wine) and clean the needle and then clean the bobbin casing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    I have never tried the spray, I wonder if it would work OK for hand quilting. Does it add any stiffness or anything?
    Hi Melissa (my original middle name!),
    It does not make it stiff at all, it just keeps it really smooth. I have not found problems with the fabric moving or anything - just smooth like butter!!

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    After pinning my first couple of quilts, I found the basting spray as well. I started with the cheaper ones, not too much trouble with gumming up the needle but cleaning up the over-spray and had a hard time getting the sticky stuff off my fingers. I use the 505 spray now, smells better, cleans up nicer but more expensive. I have probably spray-basted 35 or more quilts. Make sure that you don't use too much spray and I like to put old sheets and stuff around the edges so I don't get spray on the floor (or tables,or wherever)

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    Hmmm, might have to try it cause I really hate basting even with the pins!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlrnhi
    I'm wondering about the stickyness of the glue. WOuldn't it stick to the needle? I know that sewing with Wonder Under, the glue gets all gummed up on the needle and the thread breaks alot. Then I have to take my alcohol (not my wine) and clean the needle and then clean the bobbin casing.
    Hi Terri, Please don't use your wine on that (I say this as i finish a wonderful glass myself!)! There has been no stickyness at all on the needle and the thread has not broken at all - I haven't checked the bobbin casing, but will do a cleaning tomorrow before I start again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    After pinning my first couple of quilts, I found the basting spray as well. I started with the cheaper ones, not too much trouble with gumming up the needle but cleaning up the over-spray and had a hard time getting the sticky stuff off my fingers. I use the 505 spray now, smells better, cleans up nicer but more expensive. I have probably spray-basted 35 or more quilts. Make sure that you don't use too much spray and I like to put old sheets and stuff around the edges so I don't get spray on the floor (or tables,or wherever)
    I use an old blanket under everything - yes, it gets sticky, but is good for some laughs when your feet stick to the blanket and you are fighting the batting to stay off your hands! But well worth it :!: :!: :!:

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgshaw
    Hmmm, might have to try it cause I really hate basting even with the pins!!!!
    it is so worth it! use your coupons from joanns or hancocks and get it cheap! happy basting!

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    I DETEST basting! I vow to try it on my next quilt!

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    Ok you all have convinced me to try it next time. I knew of it, just never paid much attention to it.

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    i have never had any of those problems with 505 spray well i take that back the first time i used it i got some on my knee and it stuck to everything !!!!!!!!!! just dont go overboard on the spraying and keep your hands and knees out of the way !! when it is nice out i lay my quilt out on my patio and use it outside no mess to clean up after or worry about overspray
    i am thinking about trying it next time i put on binding i will spray the binding to my quilt so it will hold in place while i bind the quilt

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    I have a 2 questions for you all. How do you get the backing, then the batting and finally the top on without it all going squiffy. Must be like putting wallpaper on the walls.

    I WANT a can, canŽt find it here in Spain. Who is the maker please and then I can find out if there are any outlets here.

    Thanks ladies

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    Wow! I am game to try this! Do you get this 505 at JoAnn's? Here's some questions...
    *How long does 1 can last you
    *Could you give us the steps of spraying in order to save us time in figuring it out:))
    *How strong/durable is it while working on machine quilting
    *Do you have to wash out your quilt w/this?
    *How bad does it stink?:))
    Thanks..from a pin baster too....where I move everything in the kitchen and tape on the floor before I pin...and, I usually save several at once for I just detest it but, not as much as I would basting w/thread..so, I am thinking this could be a good thing:))Skeat

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    I have always pin basted my quilts, THEN hand basted them in a grid. I then took the pins out and did my quilting. I don't mind taking the extra time to do that to my full size quilts. I think I only spray basted one full size quilt. I do spray baste my smaller projects. Sometimes I don't get to finish machine quilting a quilt all at once (depending on how much quilting) so I like to hand baste. I also love to hand quilt and well the spray basting just won't stick as long to finish those.

    When you do spray baste, be sure to put down a cloth over your floor before you put your quilt down so that you don't get any of that basting spray on your floors... Its a pain in the butt to clean off of hardwood floors!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    I DETEST basting! I vow to try it on my next quilt!
    I use to detest that step myself Harmony, but I have had to help baste so many quilts with my students, that I don't mind it so much.. I have also found that I baste them much faster than I use to.

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    Skeat, this may answer some of your questions: http://www.embroiderysupplywarehouse...t-505-1035.cfm
    Elle, 505 Spray and Fix is a european product so you may not have too much trouble finding it. Here are instructions from the website of the east coast US distributor http://www.sprayandfix.com/howto.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skeat
    Wow! I am game to try this! Do you get this 505 at JoAnn's? Here's some questions...
    *How long does 1 can last you
    *Could you give us the steps of spraying in order to save us time in figuring it out:))
    *How strong/durable is it while working on machine quilting
    *Do you have to wash out your quilt w/this?
    *How bad does it stink?:))
    Thanks..from a pin baster too....where I move everything in the kitchen and tape on the floor before I pin...and, I usually save several at once for I just detest it but, not as much as I would basting w/thread..so, I am thinking this could be a good thing:))Skeat
    *How long does 1 can last you
    depends on how many projects are have... you can get more out of a can with smaller projects. As for a full size quilt, you can get probably a couple quilts done. Again haven't spray basted many quilts, mostly smaller projects like wallhangings, table runners, placemats, tree skirts, etc.

    *Could you give us the steps of spraying in order to save us time in figuring it out:))
    I usually lay out my quilt like I would to pin and hand baste. With all layers together, slowly roll back the batting and top half ways. Spray down the backing and gently roll back the batting and top. Smooth light in place and keep an eye for puckers in your batting. Repeat on the bottom part of your quilt. Next roll back the quilt top only to half way. Spray on the batting, smooth the quilt top back in place. Repeat on the second half of your quilt. Viola!!! Now its time to quilt it!

    *How strong/durable is it while working on machine quilting
    It is quite strong. You may find the edges of your quilt top may come undone from the rest of your layers due to moving the quilt around under your machine. If necessary just spray a little more to keep it in place.

    *Do you have to wash out your quilt w/this?
    Once the binding is on, I tend to wash my quilts anyway. It would be a good idea just to remove any residue that may linger.

    *How bad does it stink?:))
    the 505 isn't too bad. some of the cheaper sprays can be bad. In any case, I would recommend you open any windows to keep the air flow going. This is especially good if there are any members in your family with breathing issues. If you have breathing issues, you might want to wear one of those painter's masks.

    Hope this helps!

    Cheers


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    You gals are sweeties w/all this info!! Thanks much! Skeat

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    I've used the spray a few times, so I can give you a little info. Yes...it does get over spray on EVERYTHING...so make sure you cover stuff up with a sheet or newspapers or something. Also...try to only use it with the windows open or outside or somewhere..the fumes are strong.

    1 can will do at least a queen and a couple of small baby quilts.

    It will be repositionable for a couple of months...after that...you're stuck, so if you take a while to hand quilt...I'd be leary of it. I haven't done that, only machine quilted.

    I have used it for my big queens, but I haven't used it on baby quilts as I'm scared that what they say is 100% wash out...won't. But thats just me :oops:

    Otherwise, have fun! It is a great option!

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    I have yet to try it, but It does sound alot easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by nor'easter
    Skeat, this may answer some of your questions: http://www.embroiderysupplywarehouse...t-505-1035.cfm
    Elle, 505 Spray and Fix is a european product so you may not have too much trouble finding it. Here are instructions from the website of the east coast US distributor http://www.sprayandfix.com/howto.html
    Thank you so much norŽeaster I will pursue this in a little while and see what I come up with.

    Elle

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    Well gee whiz, I tired it about 20 years ago when I took a class with Katie Pasquini. I hated it gummed up needle. I guess I should have realized stuff improves with time. I may have to try it again. thanks all marie

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    Quote Originally Posted by marieg
    Well gee whiz, I tired it about 20 years ago when I took a class with Katie Pasquini. I hated it gummed up needle. I guess I should have realized stuff improves with time. I may have to try it again. thanks all marie
    505 spray is much nicer and better than the other brands. It's expensive but worth it. I tried using a cheaper and bigger can from Walmart and the stuff was VERY sticky and gummed up the needle and my fingers!! the sticky stuff was so sticky it stuck my fingers together!!! I worried what it was doing to my fabrics! It also left residue on the fabrics that never came out!!

    Stick with the 505 stuff!

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