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Old 01-20-2018, 01:16 PM
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For those of you who spray baste your quilt sandwiches together, do you use steam when pressing after the spraying? I'm wondering if spray moisture could loosen the adhesive?
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:53 PM
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I don't press after spray basting, just smoothing with my hands seems sufficient.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:49 PM
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Yes, and I've found that pat-patting the layers (bat to the backing and then the top to the bat) avoids all wrinkles for me. I end up with a very smooth quilt rather than try to stretch it flat or measure precisely. (you can trim afterwards.)

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Old 01-20-2018, 05:54 PM
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Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
I don't press after spray basting, just smoothing with my hands seems sufficient.
Ditto! I spray starch and steam press before sandwiching to help with spray basting process. Works for me.
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Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
I don't press after spray basting, just smoothing with my hands seems sufficient.
This is what I do. Steaming heavily would probably loosen the glue a bit. I don't really know because I haven't done it.
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I also never press after spray basting.

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I usually do not iron after spray basting but if I have not been careful trying to FMQ or embroider on the quilt I have to iron. So far the pressing has not hurt the sandwich.
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I will press after spray basting but I do not use steam. I like to make sure everything is smooth and wrinkle free so I press the back first and then the top.
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Someone here posted this tip. I tried it and it's the best way I've found to smooth a quilt while spray basting.
If you have the long Quilter's Slidelock use it to smooth. No pressing needed. Only takes a couple of swipes per side. I don't use a rotary cutter without my Slidelock so now it has two important functions for me.
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I've seen a video where some one uses the side edge of a 24" quilting ruler to smooth the quilt fabric to the batting while spray basting - looks like a great idea. (So, no Quilter's Sidelock is required for this technique.)
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