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Thread: What do you use to baste your quilt with?

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    I have gone totally blank. I took my hand quilting class long before I ever had a quilt top made. Now I have a gazillion tops and can't remember what we basted with.

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    I use Sulky KK2000. There are others on the market. Personally I prefer safety pins to the overspray.

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    I use basting spray.

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    I have a big cone of some anonymous thread that my husband found at the flea market for $3. It is very strong and has a slippery feel to it. Works great. No snagging or knotting. I've basted at least 10 quilts with it, and it is no where near empty. I'll be sad when it finally runs out.

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    I use safety pins.

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    505 Basting spray!!!

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    I use safety pins. I'm afraid to try the spray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    I use safety pins. I'm afraid to try the spray.
    Why are you afraid to try the spray? You may be pleasantly surprised at the results. :)

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    I know I can repin if I don't have it sandwiched correctly. But if I spray it, I understand that it is hard to make adjustments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    I know I can repin if I don't have it sandwiched correctly. But if I spray it, I understand that it is hard to make adjustments.
    I don't have any problem making adjustments. I just lift and spread it back out, smoothing from the center out. Maybe it depends on how much you spray. I don't cover the entire batting, I spray in a grid - probably about 6" apart and all the way around the edge.

    Just be sure you are using "basting" spray, not other adhesives.

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    what kind of basting spray do you use?

    Quote Originally Posted by katier825
    Quote Originally Posted by np3
    I know I can repin if I don't have it sandwiched correctly. But if I spray it, I understand that it is hard to make adjustments.
    I don't have any problem making adjustments. I just lift and spread it back out, smoothing from the center out. Maybe it depends on how much you spray. I don't cover the entire batting, I spray in a grid - probably about 6" apart and all the way around the edge.

    Just be sure you are using "basting" spray, not other adhesives.

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    Most of the time I use the June Tailor brand. I like it better than Dritz. Haven't tried the 505...I'd rather spend the extra money on fabric since I don't mind the June Tailor brand. :)

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    All right,you all have talked me in to trying basting spray. I have used hand basting and safety pins and was getting ready to try water soluble thread, but I think I will try the spray now.

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    If for hand quilting, I thread baste.

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    I'm going to try basting spray now. You all make it sound like it will work just fine. Here's hoping!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrammaNan
    All right,you all have talked me in to trying basting spray. I have used hand basting and safety pins and was getting ready to try water soluble thread, but I think I will try the spray now.
    I also us the water soluable thread when I'm doing a large quilt, especially if there's a lot of bias - like the French Braid in my avatar - it came out great! I use this along with the basting spray.

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    Just remember to cover anything you do not want sprayed. I learned the hard way...lol.

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    i use basting spray and safety pins. works great for me.

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    I use "gasp" I know, Aqua Net hairspray. Works very well for me has the same ingredients in it as the basting sprays and,is cheaper and the fact that I live in a very tiny mtn town I cannot get basting spray but can get the hairspray, Aqua Net.yes I made a sample,held well,sewed well and did not affect the fabric.

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    use sharonschamber to sandwich, then safety pin and baste with any cheap cotton .

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    Quote Originally Posted by amtnquilter
    I use "gasp" I know, Aqua Net hairspray. Works very well for me has the same ingredients in it as the basting sprays and,is cheaper and the fact that I live in a very tiny mtn town I cannot get basting spray but can get the hairspray, Aqua Net.yes I made a sample,held well,sewed well and did not affect the fabric.
    Oh my. I might have to try this on a small quilt. At 13.00 a can for the basting spray, I would love to find an alternative!

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    Really? That stuff is cheap. If this works for me, I am going to send you a FQ for giving me the idea.

    Quote Originally Posted by amtnquilter
    I use "gasp" I know, Aqua Net hairspray. Works very well for me has the same ingredients in it as the basting sprays and,is cheaper and the fact that I live in a very tiny mtn town I cannot get basting spray but can get the hairspray, Aqua Net.yes I made a sample,held well,sewed well and did not affect the fabric.

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    I hope that it works for you, please let us know.
    Scary thought tho that we use this on our heads!
    O well I still use it for both jobs!
    Kathy

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    Quote Originally Posted by amtnquilter
    I hope that it works for you, please let us know.
    Scary thought tho that we use this on our heads!
    O well I still use it for both jobs!
    Kathy
    It washes right out of our hair, so I'm sure it will wash right out of a quilt. What a clever idea. :)

    I use spray baste vs. pins or basting stitches.

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    Makes sense to me. Is sure affordable, I can afford to baste the charity q, crib,lap sizes that I do for old soldiers and kids in need.
    Kathy :lol:

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