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Thread: Using washable glue to match seams.

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    I recently posted a topic regarding my frustration at matching seams. Several people mentioned using washable glue on the seam, and ironing over the seam to dry the glue, and then sewing.

    I can see that that would help match the seams. But, what happens when you press those seams. Will the fabric lie flat for quilting? I'm imagining all these little bumps at every seam intersection.

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    Using liquid elmers school glue, you should have no lumps.

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    I use a glue stick. You don't have to iron it to "set" it, and if you goof on the placement, just lift it and replace it. Doesn't muck up my needle or machine.

    However, sometimes the glue application will go beyond the 1/4" seam allowance. When I open the fabric to iron it sometimes I have to use my fingernail to make sure I've opened it to the seam instead of fabric glued together. The other word of caution is that I use an old iron with a cover on it because I don't want glue mucking up my new iron.

    I buy Office Max brand glue sticks which box indicates both "permanent" and "washes from fabric". I also did a check to make sure it washes out before I continued.

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    The trick is to use a very fine line of glue.

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    Hmm. Never heard of using glue to match seams. I guess this is a new trick for an old dog.

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    I don't use glue to match seams. I think that would really slow me
    down...not that I break any speed record by any means. LOL
    I prefer to starch my fabric and use pins. So far I'm happy how my
    seams match. I use glue only for binding.
    I guess you have to try different methods and see what works for you.

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    I use Almere and no lumps. I saw a tute on here about using tips of mechanical pencils in tip of glue so u get little dots of glue. Gotta go to dollar store and get some to try!!

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    Elmers glue! Darn auto check!!

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    if you can't match them just by sewing then use a dab of glue it works every time

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy
    I don't use glue to match seams. I think that would really slow me
    down...not that I break any speed record by any means. LOL
    I prefer to starch my fabric and use pins. So far I'm happy how my
    seams match. I use glue only for binding.
    I guess you have to try different methods and see what works for you.
    Me too! I waited too many years to geta really great sewing macine-now have two-not willing to sew with glue although one of the owners of the. LQS I bought my machines at uses it like crazy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I use a glue stick. You don't have to iron it to "set" it, and if you goof on the placement, just lift it and replace it. Doesn't muck up my needle or machine.

    However, sometimes the glue application will go beyond the 1/4" seam allowance. When I open the fabric to iron it sometimes I have to use my fingernail to make sure I've opened it to the seam instead of fabric glued together. The other word of caution is that I use an old iron with a cover on it because I don't want glue mucking up my new iron.

    I buy Office Max brand glue sticks which box indicates both "permanent" and "washes from fabric". I also did a check to make sure it washes out before I continued.
    Oops ... misspoke. The brand I buy is Avery - I get it AT Office Max.

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    If you put the glue only in the seam allowance and then press to one side or the other it wont matter about the glue. If you are trying to press the seams open you will have to pull them apart after the seams are sewn and before you press the seams.

    I use a dot of glue in the seam allowance, set it with the iron, sew the seam, and press to one side I don't have to mess with pulling the seam apart and you don't even notice the glue is there after the seam is sewn. I like glue over pins because I have small kids and cats, if I pin a project together and then don't get to sew it right then and there someone (or something) is bound to pull a pin out! The glue allowes me to match seams now and sew later without the worry!

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