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    Senior Member irma tapia's Avatar
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    I have never used the spray for basting so..........

    do any of you use pins (safety pins) after you spray the pieces together? Which do you think is the best way?

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    I used to baste with tread, then I used to pin and now I only spray baste. There are several things I prefer with spray basting besides it is a lot faster. I can do extra long twins and Cal King quilts on my own and I like quilting without pins and threads in the way. I just get the $7 can at Walmart. Works better for me then the expensive low filled cans from the LQS. some people use the cheap hairspray from the 99C store and others the elmers Glue Spray can in the craft section at Walmart. since neither of them have the word Quilting on it they are even cheaper and seem to work as well. I have not tried to yet but will once I run out.

    As for adding pins after spraying. I generally don't but might add 6 -8 or so (1 in the center and the others on the edges) if I have really large odd quilts like a extra big twin made out of T-shirt material that is ironed onto interfacing. the interfacing does not stick as well to the batting. Also you need a primarily cotton batting I think for the spray method to work but I have used small polly quilts and some one told me wool bat works too. I hope so as I have a Cal King with wool batting waiting to be basted.

    Oh one more thing. I spray like ahlf the batting and then wait 1/2-1 minute before putting the fabric down, It seems to stick better this way.

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    I love the spray basting - I originally used one that comes in a pink & white spray - sorry I don't know the name & I ran out. It worked great but it stunk to high heaven. I now use Sulky spray baste - it works well but doesn't last as long as the other stuff. It also doesn't smell! I supplement with a few pins. I've also basted using quilters safety pins - removing them is a pain in the neck when I'm quilting. I've broken a couple of needles on the pins.

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    I use the spray and do not pin. It works great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annaquilts
    I used to baste with tread, then I used to pin and now I only spray baste. There are several things I prefer with spray basting besides it is a lot faster. I can do extra long twins and Cal King quilts on my own and I like quilting without pins and threads in the way. I just get the $7 can at Walmart. Works better for me then the expensive low filled cans from the LQS. some people use the cheap hairspray from the 99C store and others the elmers Glue Spray can in the craft section at Walmart. since neither of them have the word Quilting on it they are even cheaper and seem to work as well. I have not tried to yet but will once I run out.

    As for adding pins after spraying. I generally don't but might add 6 -8 or so (1 in the center and the others on the edges) if I have really large odd quilts like a extra big twin made out of T-shirt material that is ironed onto interfacing. the interfacing does not stick as well to the batting. Also you need a primarily cotton batting I think for the spray method to work but I have used small polly quilts and some one told me wool bat works too. I hope so as I have a Cal King with wool batting waiting to be basted.

    How long does a can last you?

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    nope, I just spray

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    I use the 505 basting spray. It's a bit more expensive (you can get it much cheaper on-line) but it doesn't gum up your needle and bobbin mechanism. I've never had to use any pins on any of my projects. Just be sure to use it in a VERY well ventilated area and don't have any open flames around.. if you read the ingredients, most of them are VERY flammable.

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    I'm doing a large quilt on my sewing machine and I spray and pin.

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    I only pin around the edges is I use spray baste :D:D:D

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    I do both. Just to be sure it takes so long for me to layer everything just so.

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    I use to pin but the spray is so much easier if you're going to quilt it yourself. The pins drove me crazy when I put them in and while I was quilting. The 505 spray is more expensive and a smaller can than the brand I get at WalMart. It depends on the size of you quilt as to how many you can do with one can. I uses almost the whole can of 505 on a twin size quilt.

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    There are several kinds of spray adhesive. Temporary and permanent. I have only used sulky temporary and I am very satisfied with it. I used it on my bow tuck tote. worked great for that. And I did not use pins. I did make a mistake :oops: and have to take the batting of the fabric and respray work like a charm. :thumbup:

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    I do not use pins when I spray baste. Sometimes I may have to do a quick re-spray on the corners if it has sat a while.

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    When you spray baste and even all the layers were smoothed very well and you still find some small amount of wrinkles on the back....how do you then get the wrinkles smooth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    When you spray baste and even all the layers were smoothed very well and you still find some small amount of wrinkles on the back....how do you then get the wrinkles smooth.
    I just gently smooth them out with my hand. If I have not started sewing and discover them, with the 505 you can lift up the backing and smooth it out again.
    I always use the 505

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    Thank you ALL!!!!! I knew I would get some great answers!!

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    I use 505 spray as well, it doesn't smell. I find cheaper brands tend to have a strong smell to them. When doing a large quilt I do pin every 8 inches or so, but it's likely not necessary and I just can't stop the habit of doing it!

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    Since I joined this board I have started spray basting. I love it.

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    What is the $7 from Wal Mart called?

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    I just spray with 505;

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    I am working on a baby quilt right now, and I used a basting spray, and I have loved it. The quilt is a wholecloth quilt with nylon Tricot on the top, poly batting in the middle, and a piece of poly-cotton blend on the bottom. It is working out great. I am quilting in a hoop, so it is portable.

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    Do you have to wash the quilt after quilting if you spray baste?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcrilley
    Do you have to wash the quilt after quilting if you spray baste?
    I don't know if you have to, I always do wash a quilt when I am done with it. Except for a couple of wall hangings, I did not wash those.

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    I still pin my borders. They are the only area that might shift on me. I love basting spray.

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    I have used many sprays, but just bought a case of the 505 online (it was half price with no shipping) at Sewforless.com and boy is it great. It does not smell and you have to use so much less than the others. I spray the top, then the bottom, then turn over and smooth out the top again. I only pin in the four corners so they don't shift when I am putting on the binding. I do wash my quilts when they are finished. Not only to get out the spray, but to get the "crinkle" look I like...it tends to hide the imperfections in the quilting too.

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