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moonhoney2 06-07-2008 11:05 AM

Do you use it?

What kind? Spray or liquid?

How much/how do you apply it?

How long does it last? Say if I put some on a block today, but do not get to actually quilt it for a few weeks, will it still be holding?

Does it have any negative affects on the fabric? Sewing machine? Quilt in general?

Anything else I'm missing?

Inquiring minds want to know. :shock:

ChristineD 06-07-2008 11:10 AM

I haven't tried glues but was wondering the same things. Would really like to try applique.

kinkajou 06-07-2008 11:32 AM

I've only used Elmer's School Glue and it holds up until I pull it apart or wash it. I had never heard of using glue until watching this video:


waldosmom 06-07-2008 11:46 AM

I've used Sullivan's Quilt Basting Spray. It works well and seems to last for quite a while. I have a lap quilt here that I spray-basted at least a couple of months ago and it's still sticking. (Reminds me that I should get to that... :) ) What I don't like about it is that you need to spray where you have good ventilation. The fumes can be kind of bad. Also you have to put a sheet or something under the quilt you're going to spray because otherwise you'll have a sticky floor! I've found that you really need the sheet to be *at least* a foot larger on all sides. And finally you don't need to use too much of it. Sort of have to play with it. I try to cover the quilt with a very light layer of it and go back and re-do areas that don't seem to be sticking well.

Anyway hope this helps!

waldosmom 06-07-2008 11:49 AM

Guess I should add that the stuff I use is for basting the layers together before quilting. It's not entirely clear from your question if that's what you want to do or if you're looking to baste applique pieces in place, which is what some of the other people responding seem to be talking about.

moonhoney2 06-07-2008 12:44 PM

My question was for basting the layers. Your info was very helpful! Thanks!

waldosmom 06-07-2008 01:32 PM

You're welcome. Good luck with it!

Knot Sew 06-07-2008 02:31 PM

I've used quilt basting spray before I pin the sandwich to keep it from sliding......you spray the batting.....it washes out works ok :D

judithb 06-10-2008 08:52 AM

I have used several different types of glue, water soluble for appliques. It is great. The glue lasts for at least a week, maybe longer, I like to complete projects!) and washes out with the first wash. I have no problem with doing machine applique on the projects even with the clear thread.

Glue Baste is a liquid and you only use a drop every few inches, like tacking a seam.
Glue stick is an instant basting adhesive, (Collins) and is easier to use for me. Our instructor uses any school glue stick that is water soluble EXCEPT the one that is made in China. Having a Senior Moment now and don't remember what it does to the material, but it isn't good.
I actually enjoy appliques now.
The applique book we used in class is, "Piece by Piece" by sharon Schamber and Cristy Fincher.

Sew N' Snow 06-10-2008 10:02 AM

After I read all of the warnings about proper ventilation about the basting glue I was afraid to use it indoors and since our weather usually is not cooperative I did not find it convient to use it outdoors as it reccommends so I still go through all of the trouble to hand baste or use gazillion safety pins...

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