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Thread: Recently adopted two methods I learned on this board - great success!

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    Recently adopted two methods I learned on this board - great success!

    For the last couple of quilts I have finished, I have tried two things I learned on this board:
    1. Basting with Elmer's glue
    2. Not ironing the binding

    Both of these things are WONDERFUL and I will do it this way forever! Everything comes out easier and nicer and without eating up so much time.

    I was skeptical on the glue at first and started adding pins, but then I made myself be patient and let it dry all the way and sure enough it ended up working like a charm.

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    If you have a hard time being patient, you can iron it dry. That's what I do because being patient is not my strong suit.

    I've also stopped ironing bindings for the most part.

    You got to love the knowledge on this board!

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    I'm going to try and glue as soon as I get out to buy some. It's been below zero today and I decided to wait Donna

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    1) Basting with glue is a great help! Wish I had heard of this sooner, smile.

    2) The only time I iron the the binding is when I fold the strip wrong sides together and iron it flat before attaching to the quilt.

    There are no hard and fast rules there...whatever works, works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiger View Post
    1) Basting with glue is a great help! Wish I had heard of this sooner, smile.

    2) The only time I iron the the binding is when I fold the strip wrong sides together and iron it flat before attaching to the quilt.

    There are no hard and fast rules there...whatever works, works.

    The reason some don't iron a crease in the binding is because the outer layer has to go further than the inner layer - and because of that, the center fold is off by a few threads. I do pin the edges together so that they stay together while I sew the binding on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter View Post

    You got to love the knowledge on this board!
    I have learned soooo much on these boards! The depth of knowledge is unbelievable!

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    Whatever works is right!!! I tried the glue --- too darn messy for me (yeah, I'm a messy gluer - always have been, always will be I guess). I tried not ironing the binding on my last piece and did NOT like it --- will go back to ironing!!!
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    I stopped ironing the binding in half before sewing it on; works great! However, following another tip from this board, I now iron the binding away from the quilt body before folding it over. This also is a great tip, at least for machine binding (I no longer hand sew bindings). Both tips together mean my bindings fold over the edge more easily *and* more evenly!

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    I'm with you! Am just now quilting a quilt that I basted with Elmer's glue as suggested here. Can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it? No wrinkles or tucks anywhere, and that puppy is STUCK. I glue basted and left it for about 3 weeks before I got to it again, and nothing shifted or anything. Extra bonus: don't have to watch out for pins or threads while quilting. I can't see ever going back to thread basting. Now to try the no-iron binding technique. :-)

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    I use glue stick and iron to turn my fabric edges over interfacing. Works perfectly.

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    I have some of those Clover Wonder Clips (which really are wonderful!). I'll bet they would work great to hold the binding just right until the glue dries. I'm going to try glue basting as well on my next Project Linus quilt after the holidays.

    As far as the no iron binding... don't think I'll bother with that. I'm really happy with how my binding turns out and I'd rather iron it and have a nice clean edge to attach to the quilt instead of having to pin it or futz around with it. I try to avoid pinning!

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    Interesting! I learned from this board how to iron my bindings before sewing them on, and I love them ironed! I think they look much better. To each his own, huh!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulina View Post
    For the last couple of quilts I have finished, I have tried two things I learned on this board:
    1. Basting with Elmer's glue
    2. Not ironing the binding

    Both of these things are WONDERFUL and I will do it this way forever! Everything comes out easier and nicer and without eating up so much time.

    I was skeptical on the glue at first and started adding pins, but then I made myself be patient and let it dry all the way and sure enough it ended up working like a charm.
    Very good to know - thank you for sharing!
    Love 4 stchen

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    I love the Clover Wonder Clips - I don't know how I lived without them!
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    There are two times you might iron your binding. After you create it you could iron it in half, wrong sides together. Some say they don't do this, but I will always do this because then you don't have to worry so much if the binding is staying together like you want it.
    Another time the binding really needs ironing is if you sew it onto the front, fold to the back and stitch in the ditch from the front. That seam on the front needs to be opened very well to expose the seam to stitch into. I used to pin, pin, pin that, but now use the glue and it works like a dream. I never miss any of the binding with the stitching. After the glue is dry and you stitch from the front, washing will relax that seam and the stitching will all but disappear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I stopped ironing the binding in half before sewing it on; works great! However, following another tip from this board, I now iron the binding away from the quilt body before folding it over. This also is a great tip, at least for machine binding (I no longer hand sew bindings). Both tips together mean my bindings fold over the edge more easily *and* more evenly!
    I also iron the binding away from the quilt body, just started this recently and it works so well for me because I have stopped hand sewing the bindings. Binding a quilt is the one thing I dislike in the quilting process.
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    I always iron the binding before I start sewing it on. Will try this on my next quilt and ironing binding away from the quilt. Thanks.

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    Regarding the glue, has anyone put glue mixed with water in a spray bottle?

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    I saw recently on this board where a person was asking about buying the metal tips for the Elmer's school glue. Well, I found these plastic ones and they work wonderful. After I use one, I rinse it and stick a pin in it and leave it there until next time I need to use it. I always take the tip off the glue and put the regular tip back on. Here is where you can buy them:http://www.sharonschamber.com/Search...s.asp?Cat=1836
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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma View Post
    Whatever works is right!!! I tried the glue --- too darn messy for me (yeah, I'm a messy gluer - always have been, always will be I guess). I tried not ironing the binding on my last piece and did NOT like it --- will go back to ironing!!!
    I agree wiht Amandasgramma: whatever works is right for you ...You have to be happy with your outcome of the piece.
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    How do you use Elmers glue to baste a quilt. I use it for binding, but this seems to be a sdifferent procedure.

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    Have any of you who like the Elmers School Glue method tried the spray basting and can you share your opinions about both methods and why you like one over the other? I spray baste and am not convinced that Elmers School Glue is better than 505, Dritz, or June Taylor.
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    I think the advantages of using glue basting instead of basting spray are: (1) glue is cheaper, and (2) it is non-aerosol. Some people with breathing problems do not want to be exposed to chemical sprays.

    Here's a recent tutorial explaining how the poster used glue to baste:
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutoria...s-t208057.html
    Last edited by Prism99; 12-12-2012 at 10:49 AM.

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    I have heard of basting with glue but have never tried it. So my question is: What type of glue and due you use it on the fabric or batting?

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    I can't wait to true the new glue method.

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