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Thread: Using glue on quilt tops

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    Super Member Buckeye Rose's Avatar
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    I have never used glue, but in thinking have decided that it would be a big help in certain situations. My question pertains to using the iron on the spots with glue. I use the iron alot while piecing the tops and am wondering if the glue will still wash out ok after having been ironed? I can't wash out the glue until the quilt is done, can I? And obviously can't wash every time I use a bit of glue. I just don't want a hard nasty spot that won't wash out.

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    Do a sample test with the glue you have and see if it washes out. I use inexpensive white school glue and it washes out. Let us know how it turns out.:)

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    Elmer's Washable Glue.

    I figure if Sharon Schambers can use it all over the place on her quilts, I can use it on my mine. :wink:

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    I frequently use glue to help match seams and have never had a problem. I use inexpensive glue sticks.

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    I just started using an Avery glue stick. It came from Office max. I am hooked.......no pins to stick me.....I was doing the blanket stitch on sunflowers made from a Dresden plate pattern. Sweet.....Clotilde sells an applicator..$5.00ish and my fingers stay clean..I am hooked.

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    I use the Elmer's white washable school glue and have to iron it to make it stick. Always washes out just fine. Have also used glue stick on freezer paper applique; again, washes out with water.

    When using the Elmer's glue to "pin" seams, after hitting it with the iron, if I need to loosen the seam again I just put a drop of water on my finger, apply it to the glue, then pull the seam allowances apart. No problem.

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    just be sure whatever you use says washable

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    I love, love, love using Elmers School Glue for bindings. Don't laugh, I use Elmers "Clear" School glue in my spiked hair. Brushes out easier than gel and it is not sticky as you may think. I have never had drips coming down my face when I am in the rain either... LOL

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    Elmer's School Glue is a starch product, so it will wash out just like starch.

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    i never used it, but boy that is a great idea. i can think of many times i coulda used glue. thanks for the idea

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    Elmer's is wet. a glue stick is pastie....no ironing. I have ironed over it with no problem. The Avery glue stick says permanent, but it will wash out. Doghousemom, here on the board put me on to it. It can be moved around. I have a spiked hair do also, the clear glue (Elmer's) is a new thought for me also. Good to know I will not drip in the rain.......Of course here in Texas we are in drought, so I don't see rain as a problem. Thank you, I love this board. M

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    Love, love, love using glue. I never do my binding without it. Just make sure you get the washable kind, doesn't have to be any certain brand.

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    Okay, you're scaring me. I'LL glue my quilt but my hair:-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda
    Okay, you're scaring me. I'LL glue my quilt but my hair:-/
    Try it, you may like it. Where else can you buy a 2 month supply of hair gel for $1.77. Of course, if your hair is long, I don't think I would try it... :thumbup: :oops:

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    Quote Originally Posted by Happy Linda
    Okay, you're scaring me. I'LL glue my quilt but my hair:-/
    Try it, you may like it. Where else can you buy a 2 month supply of hair gel for $1.77. Of course, if your hair is long, I don't think I would try it... :thumbup: :oops:
    I think waist length hair might be a mess with glue. lol

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    great information

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    I always use it on quilts and never have had probs. I'm going to try it as a gel to keep the hair in place lol!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I have used Elmers School glue for several years. Never have had any problems with it. It flattens out, no bumps or lumps. It is easy to sew through, doesn't gum up on the needle either.

    Give it a try on some scraps, you will see it is quite an asset to have :D:D:D

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    I use Glue-Baste-It a lot. Washes out when I am all finished

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    I use Elmer's Washable School Glue all the time on my paper piecing, never had any problem.

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    Dumb question here...how do you use it on your quilts, other than to keep appliques in place? I get that one, as I have used fabric glue sticks, but the binding and for keeping seams in tact??? Do tell lol

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    This may answer your question. This works great...


    http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/1...s-school-glue/

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    featherweight......thanks for the site. This may be the next new thing in my life.M

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    I was turned onto the Elmers School Glue (or the generic) and glue sticks a few years ago and I don't know what I would ever do without it. When I use it for my bindings I set the school glue with the iron. I always wash my quilts before gifting and it washes right out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by featherweight
    This may answer your question. This works great...


    http://quiltinggallery.com/2008/05/1...s-school-glue/
    Thanks! Great videos :) Binding scares me to death, but this would make things much easier, for sure!

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