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    Polyester glue experiment

    I wanted to try the Elmer's clear glue experiment on polyester quilt batt. I did a picture of applying it to my foundation pieced lap quilt. It seemed to work okay but polyester doesn't like a hot iron so if you let it air dry it would be better. I did a sample for the solid back fabric i want to use and as you can see from the sample, it leaves marks and the iron melts the polyester batt! I think I will use my 505 to attach the back for quilting. I will update on how the clear glue on the front is to stitch through.
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    This was my problem only the lobs were twice the size.
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    I surely appreciate the warning here. My mother used to say, "Experience is a dear school and some fools go to no other."

    I am not one that has to try everything for myself. I like it when others share theirs with me.
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    Does the glue wash out when the quilt is washed?
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    Others have washed their quilts and said the white Elmer's glue washes out. I will wash my back sample and see if it comes out of it. I am a great one for trying experiments for myself and the iron and polyester are not a good combination but live and learn.

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    Thanks so much for the experiment!! Will file in my Gluing folder!!

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    Sure do appreciate your warning

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    Good warnings for us quilters. Thanks for sharing so we don't make the mistake and ruin a whole quilt.

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    I gave my sample of the backing fabric a good hand swish in the sink with dish soap and warm water. While the glue came out as you can see with the melted polyester batt removed, I can still see faint stains where the glue was. This probably would not show if it was a patterned back but I wouldn't use the glue with a solid myself.
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    Thanks for taking the time to tell about your experiences with the glue.

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    been wanting to try this.
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    I have wondered before if the iron would melt polyester batting.

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    I made the mistake of using a polyester thread for piecing once.... pressed my seams and all the stitching went away!! Thanks for the tips
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    Tartan thanks for sharing this and taking great pictures. I've bookmarked this so I can keep up with the quilting part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post

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    I used the Elmer's washable glue w/poly batting and it washed out nicely. I did not, however, use an iron on it, just let it air dry over night and it worked good. Thanks for the information.
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    It is always nice to have some one experiment so the rest of us don't run into issues later. Thanks!

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    I used the white Elmers washable glue this weekend, to put together a quilt. Used a white sheet for the center as I didn't want the warmth of batting, but wanted an extremely durable quilt (its for a child). The glue worked fantastic in putting the whole quilt together. Left it overnight to dry, and sewed it today. No puckers, and it was soooo easy to sew as everything stayed put....it's the way I'll be putting my quilts together from now on.

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    Use a lower heat on the iron so that it won't melt the batting. It doesn't take much heat to get the polyester to dry.
    Experiment with scraps.

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    Thanks for the info.
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    I am quilting my experiment today with my walking foot. The front is stuck really well and I am not having any trouble sewing through the glue. The 505 on the back is not sticking as well because the batt is polyester. 505 sticks to polyester but because the polyester fibers shift, the fabric can shift as well. You can see the one spot above the umbrella where the backing has a little extra puffiness. I may go back and fix it later. I will post another picture when I finish the quilting. I am taking a break to post because I ran out of bobbin thread, of course.
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    Thank you for sharing
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    It didn't turn out too bad. On a whole the clear Elmer's glue front stuck better to the polyester batt than the 505. I would probably use it again with a few cautions. I wouldn't use glue on a solid back or a quilt front with lots of solid fabrics as the glue stains can remain even after washing. I would definitely wash the quilt after quilting because it feels kind of like Cornflakes in the sandwich. Elmer's washable glue would work best with a cotton or cotton blend batt I think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It didn't turn out too bad. On a whole the clear Elmer's glue front stuck better to the polyester batt than the 505. I would probably use it again with a few cautions. I wouldn't use glue on a solid back or a quilt front with lots of solid fabrics as the glue stains can remain even after washing. I would definitely wash the quilt after quilting because it feels kind of like Cornflakes in the sandwich. Elmer's washable glue would work best with a cotton or cotton blend batt I think.
    I used the Elmer's washable school glue but I diluted it half and half, then used a damp paint brush to spread it very lightly onto the batting. Then I placed the backing/top onto the batting and pressed with my hands to be sure there were no puckers. I won't pay the price of the 505, etc. again as long as the glue works. Just sayin'
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    Great experiment. Thanks for sharing the results.
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