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    Took the plunge!!

    Picked up a bottle of Elmers School Glue last week. It sat on my desk staring at me so I finally got brave, took my quilt that still needed borders off the design wall and glued the first border on. NEVER, EVER, will I pin a border again. Oh my gosh, it was so nice to sew a border on and not get stuck with a pin in the process! Thanks to everyone for posting about the glue!!
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    I'm working up the courage to give glue a try too. Glad to know it worked well for you.

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    I just bought my first bottle of Elmer's glue. I have a quilt top almost finished so I'm going to try it on that one. Glad to hear someone else just tried it and liked it.

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    Glue basting is the best!!!

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    I tried it, and loved the ease of sewing, but it was a bear when I had to rip out a seam.. Does anyone have advise on how to use the seam ripper easier?

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    When applying the glue just use little dots .... no need for a long stream of glue. This helps with the ripit-ripit

    Check out http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2008...nd-quilts.html
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    Just little dabs will do when you're glue-basting!

    I've just snowballed 400 corners using 3 dabs of washable glue stick per corner square. What a joy! No pins, perfect stability...I love it! Glue stick basting is also doing a wonderful job on my Winding Ways blocks!
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    I'm curious about the glue too, does it really wash out completely from the quilts. A lady at out quilt club said that the school glue was just starch and therefore should not be left in the fabrics as well as starch in your stash as it will attract silverfish and then you'll have a horrible time getting rid of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty's Mom View Post
    I'm curious about the glue too, does it really wash out completely from the quilts. A lady at out quilt club said that the school glue was just starch and therefore should not be left in the fabrics as well as starch in your stash as it will attract silverfish and then you'll have a horrible time getting rid of them.
    My washable glue stick does not list the ingredients, but I very much doubt that modern Elmer's school glue or other washable glues are now made of starch. In any case, glue-basting washes out when you wash the quilt, and is meant (at least in my humble opinion) to be washed out.
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    If you need to rip something out after glue basting, mist it with water. The glue dissolves and you can rip just as easily as any other seam.

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    I have been using it for so many things this past 18 months. Works like a charm. And, I agree, no sticks!

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    How does glue basting compare to using spray (aside from being much cheaper)? And do you really use the glue to baste an entire project, or just certain parts (seams/binding/applique)?

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    Give it a try it is really great!!!!

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    I just finished a quilt that I used glue to sandwich the whole thing. Unfortunately, there were a couple of areas that were a little thick with glue. Still had no problems sewing and it washed out with no problems. It's SO nice to not have to worry about fabric shifting when quilting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltin-nannie View Post
    Picked up a bottle of Elmers School Glue last week. It sat on my desk staring at me so I finally got brave, took my quilt that still needed borders off the design wall and glued the first border on. NEVER, EVER, will I pin a border again. Oh my gosh, it was so nice to sew a border on and not get stuck with a pin in the process! Thanks to everyone for posting about the glue!!
    Congrats on taking the plunge!

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    I have the glue but have been forgetful about using it until I get stabbed by the pins! Will definitely try it on next quilt.
    Kathy Osterby

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksdot417 View Post
    I just bought my first bottle of Elmer's glue. I have a quilt top almost finished so I'm going to try it on that one. Glad to hear someone else just tried it and liked it.
    You do mean Elmer's SCHOOL glue, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sierra View Post
    You do mean Elmer's SCHOOL glue, right?
    Yep! The washable school glue only.

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    Elmers has just this week come out with a School Glue Natural made of 90% plant material (corn). Says it can be used in any place the reg school glue can be used. I will bet it is more expensive!

    Who will be the first to try for quilting?

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    I just saw on fons n porter pam mashie was the guest and she showed after you put on the binding then zigzag the seam with fuiseable thread in the bobbin then just turn binding to back and iron;elmers glue works just as good and cheaper then the thread i'm still learning but elmers glue is my best friend

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    The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Elmer's washable glue states:
    Chemical Product and Company Identification
    DESCRIPTION: ELMER'S WASHABLE SCHOOL GLUE
    PRODUCT TYPE: Chemical Product and Company Identification
    Whikipedia states:
    Polyvinyl acetate, PVA, PVAc, poly(ethenyl ethanoate), is a rubbery synthetic polymer with the formula (C4H6O2)n. It belongs to the polyvinyl esters family with the general formula -[RCOOCHCH2]-. It is a type of thermoplastic

    So contrary to the urban legend, there is no cornstarch in Elmer's washable school glue

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcwillia View Post
    The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for Elmer's washable glue states:
    Chemical Product and Company Identification
    DESCRIPTION: ELMER'S WASHABLE SCHOOL GLUE
    PRODUCT TYPE: Chemical Product and Company Identification
    Whikipedia states:
    Polyvinyl acetate, PVA, PVAc, poly(ethenyl ethanoate), is a rubbery synthetic polymer with the formula (C4H6O2)n. It belongs to the polyvinyl esters family with the general formula -[RCOOCHCH2]-. It is a type of thermoplastic

    So contrary to the urban legend, there is no cornstarch in Elmer's washable school glue
    Thank you for clearing that point up, Mcwillia. The urban legend about buggies and creepy-crawlies can now be put to rest and lots of previously frightened people can discover the joys of washable-glue!
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    I am a new Elmer's School Glue convert! Earlier, I had used it to match up open seams only. Just a couple weeks ago, I basted the batting and backing together in sections (roll up the batting first, drizzle the glue very lightly on the backing, one section at a time, then roll down the batting to the end of the section and pat it down gently. Repeat this until the backing is done. Worked like a dream!). This past week I used the glue for the binding for the first time. It is accurate and it is a timesaver! Thanks, everyone, for cluing us into Elmer's School Glue!

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    I have read the messages about glue basting and have a question. Almost all of my quilts end up on the wall instead of on someone's lap. I have never washed a completed art quilt. If I were to glue baste, which sounds really useful, would it be a problem to leave the glue and not wash it out????? OR, is there a way to remove the glue without washing the quilt? Since I make art quilts, I seldom to never prewash my fabric..... I am very worried about bleeding.

    One more thing - I have only recently joined this quilt board, but have been reading it for months and cannot believe how much I have learned from all of you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience!!!!!

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    I would be hesitant to use it if I wasn't going to wash it out. If you have bigger dots it can leave a hard bump and mine smelled a little like glue before I washed it. And I do think bleeding might be a problem.

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