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Thread: Update on school glue basting

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    So yesterday on my way home from a doctor appt. I decided to stop in a "new-for-me" quilt shop I had been in once before to get a piece of fabric I couldn't find anywhere else. While browsing her notions wall I spied "ROXANNE" Glue-Baste-It. Of course it was pricey, but had 2 needle tips with it and little plastic things to clean the needle tips. So I bought some and just tried it out. How awesome! No ironing it down after application. It did a wonderful job. Now when I run out of it I can use the Elmers. I'm sure the bottle will last forever because you use so little.

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    if you don't iron it, does it stick imediately? it is washable, right? I got 3 tips and 2 empty bottles for $4 at Hobby Lobby. I use more glue than a kindergarten class! :shock:

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    Roxanne's basting glue is a great product. It holds fabric together almost instantly. Elmer's takes a touch with the iron. I think Elmer's has more water in it. I have lots of Elmer's school glue so I was thinking I could put some in a bowl and microwave it to get some of the water to evaporate. Won't hurt to try if I run out of Roxanne's. I have to order the Roxanne's Basting Glue. I keep Roxanne's next to my sewing machine and Elmer's on my ironing board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    if you don't iron it, does it stick imediately? it is washable, right? I got 3 tips and 2 empty bottles for $4 at Hobby Lobby. I use more glue than a kindergarten class! :shock:
    It sticks immediately and it comes out in tiny drops as you move the applicator. I used it on a QFK and it was beyond fantastic. I think it is well worth the money I spent; I'm a believer. I must have done that binding in half the time it usually takes me.

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    I have used glue on several of the quilts I've completed. I always heat set it and it comes out in the wash. Not had a problem with it yet!. Makes me look more skilled than I feel I am. =) I bought some tiny tiny steel tips at Wal Mart or Hobby Lobby can't remember which..in the acrylic paint dept.

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    I love Roxanne's. Glad they have something to clean the tube now, though. Make sure that you do it. The tube can get badly clogged.

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    Thanks for this tip! Sounds great for matching seams, etc.

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    I saved the printer ink refill squeeze bottles. They were easy to clean the ink out. They have the long very thin metal tips that are perfect for glue basting. Only a tiny drop of glues comes out at a time. I fill with Elmer's School Glue. Also I found a big bottle of Aleene's Fabric Basting Glue on clearance at Hobby Lobby and it works great too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I saved the printer ink refill squeeze bottles. They were easy to clean the ink out. They have the long very thin metal tips that are perfect for glue basting. Only a tiny drop of glues comes out at a time. I fill with Elmer's School Glue. Also I found a big bottle of Aleene's Fabric Basting Glue on clearance at Hobby Lobby and it works great too.


    This is a GREAT idea. I am going to give this a try

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathy
    if you don't iron it, does it stick imediately? it is washable, right? I got 3 tips and 2 empty bottles for $4 at Hobby Lobby. I use more glue than a kindergarten class! :shock:
    I do too... I buy several bottles at a time LOL
    I found that the 2 bottles for $1 from the Dollar Tree work just as well as Elmers does :D:D:D

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    Ok how do I find out about this glue basting for borders??? Never heard of it.. help me..

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    Elmer's glue must be the next best thing to sliced bread. :D :thumbup:
    I did the whole binding for a large quilt with Elmer's.

    I sewed my binding to the front, pinned (making sure there is enough
    binding to grab), glued, ironed, removed pins and SID in the front. Perfect.
    Won't be doing binding any other way.

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    i tried it but didn't have the thin applicator. i got too much on the fabric and when pressed, it came though the fabric!

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    Me, too! Ain't it great? And you can try a decorative stitch for the SID.

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    Every time I'm at a shop I think about getting the Roxanne's so I can reuse the bottle but I never do. I always want to spend that $8 or so on something else. Where do I get printer ink refill bottles? I've never refilled printer inks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gale
    . Where do I get printer ink refill bottles? I've never refilled printer inks.
    Walmart, where else?

    :D :D :D

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    Of course! I'll check next time we're there. Are they already full of ink or can you buy empties?

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    I need to get me a bottle wiht the needle tips I have a great idea for project

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    Don't you have to wait a long time for the Elmers to dry before sewing thru it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuziC
    Don't you have to wait a long time for the Elmers to dry before sewing thru it?

    That's why I use Elmer's at the ironing board. Heat sets it in seconds. Roxanne's is thicker and sets without heat, not as strong a bond as the Elmer's heated.

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    I have never tried glueing anything on quilts! Bet it works well with aplique! I have a walking foot that I use on my bindings and I don't even pin it down and have had great, neat bindings with it. I have a new aplique pattern that I was going to use Heat and Bond on but I might try that "Elmer's in bottle" trick! I have a couple of ink refill bottles that I saved cause as a crafter of everything thing I save EVERYTHING!!LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidgety
    Ok how do I find out about this glue basting for borders??? Never heard of it.. help me..
    Hi Fidgety,

    Sharon Schamber has a tutorial: http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

    Another question on this thread - how soon can you sew after applying the glue? After it's heat set, you're good to go!

    Cheers,
    Linda

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaM
    Quote Originally Posted by fidgety
    Ok how do I find out about this glue basting for borders??? Never heard of it.. help me..
    Hi Fidgety,

    Sharon Schamber has a tutorial: http://www.sharonschamber.com/free%2...ng%20Class.pdf

    Another question on this thread - how soon can you sew after applying the glue? After it's heat set, you're good to go!

    Cheers,
    Linda
    Well, with the Roxanne's I sewed it immediately. Not a pin in sight, and with the walking foot I just "flew" around it. Today, if I ever get off here, I am going to time the binding of a QFK.

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    Where at hobby lobby did you find the tips and bottles? I have not had any luck in finding them.

    Judy in Michigan

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    Funny thing..... I have a lady friend who used to sew and teach alot of classes. She always hands me stuf that she is not using anymore due to the fact she is now involved in making glass and jewelry. Anyway. I went thru some of my stash things today and what did I find but this Roxeann glue stuff you all were talking about!!! lol Matter of fact she gave me several bottles of it.. Now I guess I know what it is for!

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