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Thread: Pins or Spray?

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    I have never used the basting spray before and wanted to get some advice. I bought basting spray for my next quilt buy am hesitant. I have always used pins to baste. Is it as easy as it sounds and does it really hold the layers together? I guess i am concerned with chemicals on the fabric. What are your thoughts?

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    The spray basting washes out but I've found that I still need to thread baste or pin if it's a fairly large project. The spray pretty much just holds it in place so that it doesn't shift as you pin. Or maybe I'm not using it right, I don't know.

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    I've used it a few times and love it. Largest i've worked with is a full size quilt, but know that several of the nationally known quilters use it all the time. It's held securely thruout the quilting process, even when I had to let the project sit for a while. I use the 505 brand.

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    It's wonderful. I still pin. The spray baste keeps your layers from shifting, the pins just hold everything in place. However, I don't use the number of pins I used to when I apply the spray baste.

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    I love it and if use it on a small piece I do not pin. Make sure you by a good brand. I use sulky temproary spray adhesive that was recommended by others on this board. I have no problem with it, non -toxic, odorless and clear. :thumbup:

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    I have used the spray with pins but have stopped using it. Although they say it washes out I found this not to be true. Had to re-pin a quilt because the person who helped(?) me was in a rush to use the table and made quite a mess.
    I removed all the pins and tried washing the spray out, not only was batting very sticky but front & back of quilt were also. The only way I could iron them was to use my applique mat.

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    I don't use it because of the chemicals. All aresol sprays are harmful & I think spraying them indoors would not be good to breath as well as the chemicals your putting on your quilt. I will stick to my safety pin method for holding the quilt sandwich for quilting.

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    I love my 505! Have not pinned in years.

    A helpful hind, when using the spray LESS IS MORE, not 'if a little works more will be better'.

    When I spray, I tape down a old sheet to my kitchen floor, because I find it easier to throw sheet in washer versus mopping the kitchen floor. :roll: There is over-spray!

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    I tried the spray basting for the first time about a week ago and was completely satisfied with it, while it wasn't a huge quilt, it was a very large lap quilt and the spray held everything together. The test is coming today for a king size quilt. I'll let you know.

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    Where do you buy the 505 brand? My husband used to use it for his work van, but now we can't find it anywhere. Also, does it have anykind of strong smell? I have very sensitive allergies and am curious about that.

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    I find basting spray much easier on my back and knees than pinning, and much faster.

    My recommendation is to spray outdoors, if you can, to make sure you are not breathing in the spray. Someone posted about putting plywood on a couple of sawhorses in the garage to provide a raised surface with plenty of ventilation; I think that is a great idea!

    If you do have to spray indoors, put down a large flat sheet to catch overspray; sheet can be tossed in the laundry afterwards.

    I'm not sure about the spray not coming out in the wash problem. Maybe it depends on the brand of spray? I've never had to take a quilt sandwich apart after washing, so I can't be absolutely positive the spray washes out completely. It has just never been a problem for me and have never noticed it not washing out completely from a sheet used to catch overspray. Maybe it is harder to get out of batting?

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    I've only used it on smaller quilts. I've had good results as long as you are using cotton batting and are machine quilting.

    I don't know if it would work with poly. The can says cotton batting is best. And I don't know if you can hand quilt it.

    But I used an old flannel sheet for overspray and it washed out just fine.

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    Pins - the quilter's safety pins that are bent.

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    You might try Sharon Schamber's basting method. She doesn't use any spray or pins and it makes the quilt sandwich very smooth and it doesn't shift at all. A friend did two good size quilts at the retreat we went to and had one of them half quilted by the time we left. To see videos of her method go to youtube and put her name in the search.

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    If you have asthma or chemical sensitivities, avoid the basting sprays. I use quilter's curved safety pins to baste my quilts.
    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    I have never used the basting spray before and wanted to get some advice. I bought basting spray for my next quilt buy am hesitant. I have always used pins to baste. Is it as easy as it sounds and does it really hold the layers together? I guess i am concerned with chemicals on the fabric. What are your thoughts?

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    I love the spray, I have not had any problem with it coming apart. God bless.

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    I am not a big fan of the spray, on smaller pieces ok. I find it sticky and messing.

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    I've used the 505 spray on smaller projects,and truly loved it!! Be sure to read the directions on the can. It is VERY flammable. I think using it outside is the best idea also and the plywood "table" is awesome. I'm not sure about other sprays.. I've heard stories about others gumming up a sewing machine, but not seen it first hand. I keep old rolls of Christmas wrapping paper to put on the table and use to catch overspray on smaller projects. You can buy it in quilting shops and http://www.sewforless.com/item/505_T..._Can/7391/c109 here's a good on line site

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    I am a huge fan of spray basting.

    I was converted to this method when I lived on a tropical island and no kidding the safety pins would start to rust in less than a week.

    I have used probably most spray basting products out their from 505 to June Taylor to a 3M product sold in Japan. As long as I followed the directions, I have never had an issue with my machine/needle gumming up, the product not washing out, or the quilting not holding together while being quilted.

    And honestly, I have no intention on returning to the pinning method. Simply put spray basting works.

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    Since I got my machine quilting frame I don't have to baste at all! Bliss! :-D
    In the past I used one-inch curved quilter's safety pins...I just never liked the mess of spray basting.

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    I have started to baste with long straight pins. It's fast and so much easier. I bought a package of these:
    http://www.pinmoor.com/ (watch the video)
    then ordered several more packages. They stay on the pins and do not come off until I take them off.

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    I plan on trying spray basting for the first time. I saw the 505 brand mentioned, is there any other suggestions in case I can't find that brand.

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    Pins for me, the curved ones

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    June Taylor brand works for me and I think it's cheaper than the 505

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    I always use the safety pins. I use the 505 spray for my machine embroidery and it has little smell. But still would not want to spray a lot for a big quilt in an inclosed area.

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