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Old 11-14-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
Hah! And of course most of us are probably in very comfortable but not very flattering clothes, covered in spare threads and cat hair...

(Or is that just me? LOL)
Pajamas, night gown, sweats, slippers.....that is about as glamorous as it gets in my house!
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Old 11-14-2013, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Sewnoma View Post
Hah! And of course most of us are probably in very comfortable but not very flattering clothes, covered in spare threads and cat hair...

(Or is that just me? LOL)
Sweats, for me!
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:19 PM
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This was a great subject. I've been using the Elmer's glue for binding...no one ever mentioned doing the whole quilt!! I love it for binding. Thanks everyone for some great ideas.
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Old 11-14-2013, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by AngeliaNR View Post
I'd love to see a candid-camera type segment of all of us with our glue bottles, spray bottles, brushes, toothpicks, wrenches, etc.

How did you know about my frowsy house dress then??
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I'm resuscitating this thread. It's from 2013 but have any of you had problems using the homemade versions or have any new hints/tips on using it? Or new recipes?
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Old 05-01-2021, 07:38 AM
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I love basting with Washable Elmer's Glue. Years ago I bought some special tips that make a very fine stream. I just put those on the "blue back" labeled bottle of glue, which has been diluted (about 1/3), hold the bottle high and a very fine stream occurs on the batting. If globs appear, I take a small foam brush and gently smooth them out. I have found that if I weight my backing/batting down with my quilting rulers, mats, that it provides a better contact. I leave these items on the quilt for about 2-3 hours, then remove. Here is the link for the plastic glue tips. Note: these tips only fit the Elmer's Glue Bottles that have the "blue back" label. If the label is black, they will not fit.
https://purpledaisiesquilting.com/co...fine-glue-tips

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Old 05-01-2021, 08:19 AM
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Originally Posted by FoxyLady View Post
I love basting with Washable Elmer's Glue. Years ago I bought some special tips that make a very fine stream. I just put those on the "blue back" labeled bottle of glue, which has been diluted (about 1/3), hold the bottle high and a very fine stream occurs on the batting. If globs appear, I take a small foam brush and gently smooth them out. I have found that if I weight my backing/batting down with my quilting rulers, mats, that it provides a better contact. I leave these items on the quilt for about 2-3 hours, then remove. Here is the link for the plastic glue tips. Note: these tips only fit the Elmer's Glue Bottles that have the "blue back" label. If the label is black, they will not fit.
https://purpledaisiesquilting.com/co...fine-glue-tips

Happy quilting everyone.
I just ordered these tips but I noticed that is said the back label was PRINTED in blue ink not a blue label. I hope that helps.

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Old 05-01-2021, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by coopah View Post
I wondered about the fabric wrinkling...especially after seeing a demo of the canned spray do the same thing. So do the wrinkles go away with the quilting process or in the wash after it's done? Just wondering. Maybe I should try it on a small potholder or something.
If your fabric is wrinkling, you're probably either using too much product or not smoothing it out enough. I most spray baste with 505 and have never had anything wrinkle. I do a lot of smoothing though to keep everything flat and unwrinkled. It doesn't take much to hold the layers.
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Old 05-01-2021, 02:03 PM
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I love basting with Elmers Washable school glue. I don't have any issues with my hand/arms/shoulders/fingers/wrists with a gentle squeeze of the bottle and drizzle in a grid pattern. I sometimes sit the bottle in some warm water to make it easier to drizzle out. I am 20 plus quilts in, some as big as queen size, and I've never had a wrinkle, or not have it wash out. Once it is dry it doesn't gum up the needle or break needle/thread. If I get a glob, I use my finger to smooth it out. I don't have any sensory issues to prevent this. I don't find the need to dilute, it is very inexpensive, and I don't want to spray it on, because, so far I haven't found a need. I lay my batting down, lay the backing over it (it is just my habit to start with the backing), pull back the backing, drizzle glue on the batting, smooth it up and out and then go to the other side of the table and repeat. Then flip over and do top. I'm not usually in a hurry so dispense with ironing. By the time I am ready to quilt it is dry. I've tried pin basting, thread basting and spray basting. this is my favorite way.
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Thanks for the tip SemiSweet. Boy, if that works, I will save a bundle on spray baste!

I use a spray baste from JoAnn's. It does not smell. Back in the olden days, 2019, when my quilt guild met they would all cringe in horror when I whipped out my can of spray but they all found that it did not have that harsh chemical smell that is in some of the products. I just object to paying $18 a can and getting only 3 quilts done. The price has been rising over the years. I started out buying it at $14 per can and in 4 years is has gone up a dollar a year. Like the product but it is pricing me out. Will have to try the Elmer's School Glue method.

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