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Thread: Please reassure me about basting spray

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    In the next couple of days I should be ready to baste a quilt. I am going to machine quilt it, so it will be manipulated quite a bit feeding it through the throat of my machine. I have a can of basting spray that has just been sitting for months. If I use the spray, will it hold through all the handling I will be doing? The fabric, backing and batting are all cotton, if that matters. Should I do some safety pin basting anyways?

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    I spray baste and then pin too. I just want to make sure it isn't going to shift. Elaine

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    As long as the spray is a good quality one, you shouldn't have any problems.

    I use spray baste, then pin just the outside border to make sure it doesn't shift. And if any looks like it's coming loose, run a hot iron over it and it "re sets" the glue.

    Once you've used it, you'll never go back!

    :-)

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    I've only ever used spray for basting - I use 505, mainly because it's the only one I can get, but it has good reviews from other quilters here. I've never had a problem with spray basting, things have not shifted despite lots of 'shoving' the quilt in and out of the sewing machine. If you do a search for 'spray basting' there are lots of threads about it, you may pick up some helpful hints!

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    Thanks for the post. I had the same question and am going to try it this weekend. Honestly, I am nervous. I may do some pinning too.

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    I love using spray baste! Occasionally, I re-spray any loose edges before I do the binding if it's come loose, but usually I don't have to. I can't imagine going back to hand basting, and I'm not too keen on the safety pins. I think that's because I'm impatient and would rather spend my time quilting than basting.

    I've tried a couple of different brands and am happier with the June Taylor one over the Dritz. Each store carries different ones. Those are what I can get locally.

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    I love the spray and use it all the time and I might pin the ends a bit just because I do get that 1 itty bitty pucker. :lol: But I love that stuff I hate crawling around on my hands and knees pinning the fabric together.

    Can't wait to see the quilt

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    I have spray basting various size projects including full size quilts and had no problem with it. I do agree with the others that it is also good to add a few quilters safety pins in the quilt for good measure.

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    I spray and then pin, but I've been down that wrinkle on the back road before and I don't get along with the frog very well...

    Good luck !

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePassion
    I spray baste and then pin too. I just want to make sure it isn't going to shift. Elaine
    Me too. I also use 505 spray, I've tried others and they just don't stick for me.

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    I love the 505 spray -- it's definitely the best stuff around. Others that I've used have shifted and even "let go" entirely after a couple of months. But if you're still nervous about using it, definitely pin a little -- but I think you'll be pinning for the last time :wink:

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    I spray and then pin.
    Mainly because I cannot do a large quilt in one sitting...
    The pinning helps keep it from shifting while being moved around.
    Hope this helps.
    Kirsten

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    I use just the spray basting. I have used it on dozens of quilts. I use the 505 spray. Don't spray too heavily but do cover the area. I haven't had a problem with anything shifting except for a quilt that I sprayed 4 years ago with a cheaper spray and I only had to respray the corners.

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    i just pin.

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    I've never tried spray basting.
    Does it just dissapate? Why is it good to use? I guess that 505 stuff is best, does it have a brand name? Do you breathe it? Are these silly questions?

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    I think it holds well, but I have not let it set too long becore I did the machine quilting. It really needs to be sprayed in an area with lots of ventillation. I take it outside when weather permits and the temperature is high enough. (Didn't take it out in the winter.) I start in the middle with the quilting and work my way towards the outer areas. :lol:

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    I spray baste and then pin too. I just want to make sure it isn't going to shift.
    Same here. The spray basting helps hold everything together while I pin.

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    After two years of crawling around on the floor to pin my quilts I tried basting spray. I will never go back to pinning. It takes my much less time and holds better.

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    This is a very interesting thread to me, as I have also not been brave enough to try the spray basting.

    Those of you who have, does it make it harder to hand quilt?

    I hate basting!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by motomom
    This is a very interesting thread to me, as I have also not been brave enough to try the spray basting.

    Those of you who have, does it make it harder to hand quilt?

    I hate basting!!!
    Does not affect the hand quilting at all!!! (The 505 spray)!

    Shoppers Rule has 505 on sale this weekend....


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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltswithdogs
    I've never tried spray basting.
    Does it just dissapate? Why is it good to use? I guess that 505 stuff is best, does it have a brand name? Do you breathe it? Are these silly questions?
    Some of the sprays are best used outdoors or with excellent ventilation. I think it's the 505 that people say doesn't have that strong toxic odor. It's only while spraying that there is a problem. Once the quilt is sandwiched, I haven't noticed any residual odor. The basting adhesive is water-soluble so is gone with the first washing of the quilt.

    One way to use it is on a large quilt is to spread out a sheet first on the ground. That catches any overspray and can be just thrown in the wash. On a smaller quilt, you can just tape the backing to a kitchen island and insert old newspaper around the edges to catch overspray.

    Basting spray is good to use because it's fast -- takes much less time than other basting methods -- and easy. For someone like me who has a bad back and bad knnes, it is a lifesaver. Also, I once ruined an expensive walking foot when it got hung up on a safety pin in my quilt; would have saved me money if I had spray-basted that quilt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueChicken
    As long as the spray is a good quality one, you shouldn't have any problems.

    I use spray baste, then pin just the outside border to make sure it doesn't shift. And if any looks like it's coming loose, run a hot iron over it and it "re sets" the glue.

    Once you've used it, you'll never go back!

    :-)
    Ditto, JoanneS

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