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    some people use glue on their quilt projects, as do i . i use it only within the seam allowance so that i don't stitch through the glue itself. does anyone else use the sharon schaumber (sp?) method of glueing, either as a pinning alternative or appliqueing edge holder?

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    No glue for me. Maybe in the center of an applique to hold it in place, but miles away from the stitches. I don't want glue in the machine.

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    I've never used glue. When I bought my machine I was told not to use it. A woman I know did and it did terrible things to her machine.

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    i use her method..a little more time consuming, but my bindings are better for it!
    i also use elmers glue stick, when i made string blocks..i have never had a problem with glue. it washes right off or out..

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    I don't think that Elmer's glue flakes off...it seems to go into the fabrics. It also doesn't gum up my needles. I have used it on the very edges of appliques and it is easily sewn through by hand or machine. A very little goes a long way :wink: I use it all of the time for basting instead of pins.

    I was at a LQS the other day, I mentioned an idea I had and it involved Elmer's, as I was looking around. The owner had tried the basting glue and she was unhappy with it. It didn't dry fast enough, apparently it didn't say on the bottle to heat set it with an iron.

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    Ever since I watched Sharon Schamber's videos, I have used Elmer's school glue and I find it great. If she can win all the awards she does using it, then it's good enough for me. I only use it on the seam allowances, and don't stitche through it.

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    I use the glue stick and the Elmer's and have no trouble at all. It sure makes life easier at times.

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    I use the glue to hold the binding strips together when I sew them, but I do not glue the binding to the quilt. If you press, then pin before sewing, it holds together nicely. I've also used glue to hold faric together when matching so i can get a "seamless" looking match. I use sparingly and try not to get the glue into the seamline. Have not noticed any issues with the machine.

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    I don't use glue.

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    I use both a glue stick and the Roxanne's glue and have never had a problem with either one.

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    I am attempting to do my first 'stained glass' iris pattern, and I do use a glue stick for the lead line. It doesn't seem to hinder anything, nothing seems to gob up or get into the machine. Just a little goes a long way to make things easier.

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    Sharon Schamber is the queen of glue basting. I met her in Paducah and she is so generous with her quilting tips and methods. Her website is full of free videos of how she does her fantastic work. Her paid videos are wonderful and like being in a classroom with her. She uses a Tin Lizzy and a Juki to do her amazing work.

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    I use glue sticks, any cheap acid free..but I usually hand applique and quilt. I am only just venturing into machine work, but as the glue I use is totally water based and not too gluey I am going to give it a go. I am sparing with it though.

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    I only use glue for my hand sewed Grandmothers Flower Garden.

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    took a class with Penny Haren, she uses water soluble glue sticks to do appliqued patchwork. It worked great and her quilts are beautiful. Washes right out. Don't use the colored glue!!

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    Just regular glue sticks in craft department? Does it wash out??? Does it make fabric stiff..I have been using wonder under but this might be quicker and cheaper?

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    I always had a problem when sewing long strips together for either a strip pieced project or even for four or nine patches. They always seemed to come out wonky. Very frustrating! Then I tried using Elmer's school glue. I put it in a small plastic bottle, added a very fine .5 metal tip (that I bought at the local art store) and just added a thin bead all along the very edge of the fabric, pressed (up and down) not ironed (back and forth) with a hot iron, and WOW what a difference! Perfect seams. No distortion at all. Being skeptical I tried a sample first to see if it would wash out and it did! I made 20 table runners for a wedding using it and was really happy with the results since the bride wants a quilt out of the strips from the runners. Just remember not to get the glue in the area where you want to sew. Once it is dried it can sometimes be a little difficult to sew through. I haven't tried the glue sticks yet for my applique but I bought a dozen in a package at WalMart at the beginning of the school year and have them waiting patiently in the lettuce bin of my fridge. (Husband couldn't figure that one out.)

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    For those of you using Roxanne's glue. It is Elmer's glue (water based) The glue is not worth the price, however, the tip is.
    The metal tip is great, but they do not seem to sell it by itself.

    I use Sharon's method. No problem with my machines.
    D in TX

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I only use glue for my hand sewed Grandmothers Flower Garden.
    I'm working on some hexagon pcs (don't know if it will ever turn into a "garden"). Do you use it after the paper is removed? or?? (just wondering because a couple of the fabrics ravel easily).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diana
    For those of you using Roxanne's glue. It is Elmer's glue (water based) The glue is not worth the price, however, the tip is.
    The metal tip is great, but they do not seem to sell it by itself.

    I use Sharon's method. No problem with my machines.
    D in TX
    I got 2 tips and 2 small empty bottles in a pack at Michaels for about $4 with a coupon. They were in the aisle with the acrylic paints.

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    I have been using elmers school glue for over a year on my bindings for quilts etc, as long as you heat set the glue there isn't a problem. Sharon Schambers method is the best for bindings that I have tried. Following her procedure you do not need pins to hold the binding to the quilt as you stitch it on and when I turn the binding to the front I glue it again before I use a decorative stitch to stitch it down. Have never had a problem with the machine or needles with the elmers so far. When doing the Betty Cotton Theory you stitch the binding to the back and bring it to the front and use a decorative stitch. For other quilts I glue the binding to the front stitch it down and turn to the back andglue it down then just hand stitch . Never had a problem with the hand stitching either. Washes out when the project is washed.

    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deb watkins
    I am attempting to do my first 'stained glass' iris pattern, and I do use a glue stick for the lead line. It doesn't seem to hinder anything, nothing seems to gob up or get into the machine. Just a little goes a long way to make things easier.
    Finished the iris stained glass....love it. The glue stick worked great, just a little bit held the leadline in perfect place. No gumming or blobbing on the needle. Will post a pic later.

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    this is very interesting. i've only used it to match seams and even that only within the seam allowances. i never thought of it's other uses. i guess because i don't applique. now i can see the possibilities.

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    I really like the glue method and use it quite often to match seams, use on bindings and most anything so I don't have to pin as much. Just remember a little goes a long way, never hurt my machines and washes right out. Just need little drops.

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    glue............this is something new to me.

    I have never used it and not too sure just how to do so in sewing.

    I think that it's about time (after reading all these posts about it) for me to find someone who uses it and get a demonstration.

    looking for anything to make things easier.

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