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    Do any of you use spray to baste your quilts? I really love to do my own quilting but the pins are a pain to put in and to move while quilting. I really don't know the pros and cons and want some input from those in the know. I did buy some spray probably 5 years ago but never used it. Will it still be alright to use? I appreciate any suggestions.

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    Try the spray on some scraps, I would think it should be fine.
    Many of us here use and LOVE it :D:D:D

    Just make sure that you are using Quilt Basting Spray and it says it will wash out on the label :wink:
    I bought spray "glue" the first time and it was disastrous!!! :oops: :roll: :lol:

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    Remember to use just a light spray. :wink:

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    I love spray basting. It's so much easier.

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    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?

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    I can't live without my basting spray.Jump in and try it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggrandmaca
    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?
    I don't.

    I smooth the batting out on a large flat sheet on the floor (to catch any overspray), then smooth the backing fabric out on top of the batting. When it is the way I want it, I fold back the fabric so the top half of the batting is exposed, spray the batting, then smooth the fabric back in place. Then I fold up the bottom half of the fabric and repeat the process. I flip the quilt sandwich over so the other side of the batting is up and repeat the whole process with the top. That's it, except for tossing the large flat sheet into the laundry basket.

    I would not use a 5-year-old can of basting spray. You don't know what chemical changes may have taken place over time. I recommend buying a new can of 505 basting spray.

    What kind of batting are you planning to use? Nobody has problems with cotton batting, or 80/20 batting. Some people have problems getting polyester batting to adhere; however, that may be due to the brand of basting spray being used. I don't think anyone has reported a problem with polyester batting when they use 505.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggrandmaca
    When using the spray for basting do you still have to tape down the backing before you put the batting and the top together?
    You need to keep the backing flat, so do tape or clip or whatever method you always use. Spray the top half the backing, fold your batting in half and lay it on the area that is not sprayed with the fold in the center of the backing, then slowly work from the center to the top edge, unfolding the batting and smoothing it out on the sprayed area. Then fold the bottom half of the batting up, spray the bottom half of the backing, and unfold the batting from the center to the bottom of the backing. If you are doing a large quilt, you might consider doing it in quarters, just to make it a little more manageable.

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    always spray baste. could not do without it.

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    Thanks so much, that was really helpful.

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    I love to use spray basting but not when I hand quilt. It's harder to get the needle through.

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    I love 505. I've tried another brand, and it gunked up my needle really bad. I'll stick (no pun intended) with 505. :)

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    YES!!! I spray baste all of my quilts!!! My favorite is the 505 spray. It is the coolest stuff!!!
    I sandwich my quilts over at the church where DH works. We push together a couple tables (really nice when we have the adjustable ones and we raise them up) I do tape my backing down, get it nice and wrinkle free. We just did 4 of them on Saturday.

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    I love spray basting! Not sure if I would get much quilting finished if I had to pin.

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    I spray baste baby quilts that I tie or push & shove quilt. If you use the June Tailor spray from Joann's, you'll need a well ventilated room to use it in--outside would be better. It has a lingering odor that some people may have a bad reaction to (hubby has allergies) and I always prewash baby quilts before sending them to the baby.

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    Is the can labled 505 Spray and Fix? Is this the same as the 505 Basting Spray that everyone talks about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarbaraA
    Is the can labled 505 Spray and Fix? Is this the same as the 505 Basting Spray that everyone talks about?
    Yes, that is the stuff!!!

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    Thanks! I haven't used it yet but bought some this weekend in Goleta.... I see you are from Camarillo?

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    Yes I am in Camarillo. Are you in the Santa Barbara Area?

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    I'm a handquilter and I must say I don't like spray basting. The material is harder to needle with it and I prefer thread basting - although it takes longer to finish!

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    Yes. I use it frequently for charity quilts I make. It's a good idea to do it in a well ventilated area though.

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    I agree with Prism 99, I would be very wary of your old can of spray. I tried to use an old one once and had nasty black stuff come out. I do it her way too, but I use a spray called 101 and it works great. Love using spray instead of pins. My fingers peel so badly that it's hard for me to use safety pins. I can use our big tables at school, and I have large clamps that I hold it all together with to be sure there are no wrinkles anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeanniejo
    Do any of you use spray to baste your quilts? I really love to do my own quilting but the pins are a pain to put in and to move while quilting. I really don't know the pros and cons and want some input from those in the know. I did buy some spray probably 5 years ago but never used it. Will it still be alright to use? I appreciate any suggestions.

    I use www. junetailor.com spray,
    you won't go back to pins, ever. love it

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    I live in Lompoc. No quilting stores here. I quilt/fabric shop in Santa Maria, SLO area and Goleta. I was happy to find a new quilt store in Goleta this weekend, couldn't stay too long, hubby was in car.

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    what kinds of basting spray do you like?

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