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Using Elmers School Glue Instead of Pins

Old 03-29-2012, 11:26 AM
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Yes, I watched the Schamber tutes and they were a big help. Now I choose either the glue stick or glue tip depending on how precise my glue needs to be. It matters! I use binder clips where I can to help because pinning is getting harder for my arthritic hands. I don't want to have to give up my passion and using anything that helps is a big plus for me. Are others in this spot?
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:07 PM
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Originally Posted by misseva View Post
I also have trouble keeping the little tips from clogging.
I put an applique pin in the metal tip and don't bother to close it. The pin works great.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:08 PM
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Originally Posted by jlwheart View Post
I use binder clips where I can to help because pinning is getting harder for my arthritic hands.
If you're talking about the binder clips you get at office supply stores, just be careful not to leave them on your binding for too long, I used one that rusted.
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Old 03-29-2012, 12:52 PM
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I saw it on the video too, although I did not have much sucess with it. It made the material stiff, and I found it hard to get a needle through (that was on the binding).
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:20 PM
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I sure am going to give it a big try!!
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Old 03-29-2012, 01:41 PM
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I have been going to try the glue stick on binding, but keep forgetting. Maybe I will remember on this next quilt.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:00 PM
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We had a tutor come to our class last year and we did drunkards path using Elmers school glue. Absolutely brilliant. We pooled all the squares we made and made a joint quilt in a day! We did not have the special pipette but it worked quite well without. Only difficulty was racking our brains as to whom we knew in the United States who would buy it and send it to us. I was lucky - had a friend who lives in Florida who comes over every year to visit her son who lives in the next door village..........!
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by SueN View Post
Instead of buying expensive tips, get a cheap mechanical pencil. Unscrew the tip from the pencil, take the orange tip off the school glue bottle. With a pair of non-fabric scissors, snip the tip off the school glue bottle. Start with just a little snip, see if the mechanical pencil tip fits. If it is too big, cut a bit more off the bottle. Keep snipping until it fits fairly well. You may get some leakage around the edge, but don't worry, the glue will self-seal the crack.
Genius !!
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:03 PM
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I have been doing this for years and have never had a problem. If you go slow and don't let a lot of glue come out at once there is no mess. This is the only way I do binding & piecing where the pieces are stubborn or need to be extremely exact. It started at a quilt retreat when I was making a memory quilt for my daughter out of her boys outgrown clothing. There were many different kinds of fabrics & weights and I included pieces of bibs and receiving blankets and had a hard time keeping the seams together with pins so I tried the glue and other members of the retreat thought at first I was out of my mind but when they saw how much easier it was they started calling me the glue lady. I also used the school glue stick for some of the pieces. Both worked great but the regular glue was easier to apply especially on knits and flannels.
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:58 PM
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Yes and it works wonderfully well. The tiny tip is really needed so you don't get the fabric to saturated with the glue. After you do it a while it goes fairly quickly. I like the fact that everything is held solidly in place before stitching.
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