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Old 07-12-2016, 09:39 AM
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I have always pinned my quilts because I don't know how the adhesive spray affects a sewing machine. Can you please share your experiences and if it has caused any problems with your machine?

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Old 07-12-2016, 10:42 AM
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I am a BIG fan of spray basting! Much easier, quicker and much better results! I always struggled with puckers when pin basting---not so once I switched to spray. Never have had any issues with my sewing machine, not even gumming up needles. I do try to time it so that I baste the quilt in the evening and let it lay flat to "dry" overnight. Try it, you will like it! I prefer 505 brand.
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Old 07-12-2016, 10:59 AM
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If it's your first time spray basting, I recommend using 505. Just be careful not to spray too heavily; it doesn't take much. Occasionally I see posts about problems with other brands; never with 505. I don't think any spray basting brand causes a problem with machines. Worst problem would be using an off-brand that is too old and spraying too heavily, in which case you might get a sticky needle that needs to be wiped off with alcohol periodically as you quilt. I do agree that it's best to let the basting spray dry thoroughly, as in overnight, before you start quilting. To speed drying, you can also iron your quilt sandwich. It compresses the batting, which can help a quilt fit under the arm of your machine, but the batting springs back to original height when the quilt is washed.

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Old 07-12-2016, 11:48 AM
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I too have used 505 with great results. I hate pinning!
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Old 07-12-2016, 11:53 AM
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Thank you girls for your quick reply! I do have 505 spray so I will give it a go. And thank you for the tip to let it dry overnight. :-)
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Old 07-12-2016, 12:28 PM
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Sorry, I still prefer to pin but then I don't have any place that I can careful spray outside my apt. You have to do it somewhere where there is good ventilation.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:17 PM
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I spray baste with 505 and have never had any problems and I always iron my sandwich, front, then back to ensure there are no excess folds of fabric from layering and to also set the spray as mentioned by someone else. For a small project like a placemat, I may spray in my house if the weather is not conducive to outdoor spraying, placing the item on an old sheet to protect carpet, etc from overspray, but on larger items I always take the top and the backing outside and hang them one at a time on either the clothes line, or over my deck railing (which I cover with the old sheet) do my spraying, then bring the pieces inside to put into the sandwich. The spray is temporary, and can be repositioned, so it works quite well to do the spraying outdoors, fold it up and bring it in for sandwiching. After a few uses, I'll throw the sheet through a regular wash and it removes the spray, which might take twice if there is a build up from doing several quilts. I've done every quilt size including several kings, and it works great, without any problems with my machines.
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:29 PM
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I've really started liking the spray basting. I use June Taylor and it works great. It doesn't effect your needle or machine. I use to work at a fabric store so we would demo on different fabrics and it was great. It's awesome with the Minky and cuddle (just don't iron to set)!!
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Old 07-12-2016, 07:31 PM
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I spray in my sewing room on my cutting table and spray it in sections with the windows open and the ceiling fan on gentle to force the air down. Two things I have learned, 1.) spray the batting, not the quilt. Once I used Sullivan's basting spray to adhere stabilizer for embroidery and it actually turned yellow on the white fabric and did not wash out. (I was very upset.) And the second item, get or make a mask to wear while spraying. There is a bit of over-spray and can be very irritating to one's nose. I use the paper masks people use to mow lawns - have found them at the Home Depot and also at the Dollar Tree.

There has been no trouble with any of my sewing machines. After spraying them I do usually wait a bit but that is more because of the smell because it takes little time to dry. (But I live in So. Cal. where the weather is very dry.)

Hope all goes well.
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Old 07-12-2016, 08:00 PM
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spray basting is fine with attaching, repositioning and machining......but dont try to hand quilt it. It never drys enough to avoid getting the hand needle sticky.
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