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Thread: Basting with Elmer's Washable School Glue

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    I do not wash my quilts when I get done with them, so not sure if this would work. I tried the glue on a wallhanging which I do not plan to wash either and there are hard spots where I had put the glue, so think that is what would happen on a quilt too. Any suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyMcLeod View Post
    I do not wash my quilts when I get done with them, so not sure if this would work. I tried the glue on a wallhanging which I do not plan to wash either and there are hard spots where I had put the glue, so think that is what would happen on a quilt too. Any suggestions?
    It definitely needs to be washed after using this technique.

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    I used this method on my last quilt, but my lines were probably twice as far apart and it still worked like a charm. Then used the glue for my binding as well. I had a few thicker glue areas, but didn't have any problems whatsoever with it gumming up my needle and once I finished it and washed it, all the glue came right out. Another thing...I don't have a ping pong table - just a 6' folding banquet-type table - and glue basted it in sections, letting it dry for about an hour in between sections. Again, not a problem. And because I basted this just before Christmas, things got busy and I folded up the quilt after I glued it and it set for about a month before I got it out to quilt it. Not a thing moved! I'm never going back to thread or pin basting!

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    I am giving this a try! Thanks for taking the time to do the tutorial and updates.

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    Thanks for the tutorial
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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    Glad you had a good experience with it ... I didn't. I looked through the pic's on your blog and you had the same glue "gobs" that I did - about the same size. Well ... I finished quilting mine today and my machine did NOT like going through the glue gobs and each time I hit one my thread broke. I also noticed that it was gumming up my needle.

    Back to hand basting for me
    Maybe if you spread the glue out with a paint brush it would even out the globs. Would be worth a try.
    I am definitely going to try Elmer's glue so I don't have to use 505 anymore (don't like the fumes).
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    I just glue basted two small quilts this weekend. I agree, less is best and I added a little water to thin out the glue and let it air dry instead of ironing it. Worked like a charm and the cost was less than 50 cents for both quilts. I got Dollar Store glue at 2/1$. And, I did it in my living room with no overspray.
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    I have used Elmer's regular (not washable) for years on my cross stitch to secure the ends. I just use a teeny bit on a toothpick to lay the end of my thread over the back of a few adjoining stitches and hold in place with the opposite end of the toothpick for a minute. Voila!

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    It truly is amazing what we can do with Elmer's Glue
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

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    Did you wash and dry it before quilting?
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    http://www.officesupersavers.com/pro...Glue-10411.asp

    Found Elmers Spray, but can't tell if it is washable. Does anyone know??
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    Quote Originally Posted by timecard24 View Post
    Did you wash and dry it before quilting?
    You wash the quilt when it's finished. The whole point of using washable school glue
    is to keep the layers together while quilting and be able to wash the quilt after it's done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
    http://www.officesupersavers.com/pro...Glue-10411.asp

    Found Elmers Spray, but can't tell if it is washable. Does anyone know??
    The glue that most of us use here is Elmer's Washable School Glue. If it does not
    say washable you probably should stay away from it or make a test first.
    The washable school glue is probably a lot cheaper and we know it works.
    You can buy it by the gallon and you can baste a lot of quilts for little $$.

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    I have used Play School Washable Children's Glue that I found in the 99 Cent Store it must be WASHABLE glue and yes I wash all my quilts when I am finished FMQ
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by susanwilley View Post
    http://www.officesupersavers.com/pro...Glue-10411.asp

    Found Elmers Spray, but can't tell if it is washable. Does anyone know??
    NO! It requires mineral spirits to remove! This is not a good product for basting. Best to stick with the school glue!

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    Thanks for the tutorial and great discussions!! Love the glue spray idea. Have always pinned and hated pinning but even hated removing the pins even more!
    Sylvia
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    I found the glue sold by the gallon for $11.99 at this link:

    http://www.ssww.com/store/product/sk.../cmc=CRSCMSPP/
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    I have recently basted a quilt using Elmers glue.....I had read where some of you had used a paint brush the spongey type the thought crossed my mind to try a pastry brush from my kitchen drawer.....I placed the glue in the container with a small amount of water shook it up and applied lightly over half the quilt.....this worked fantastic.....I did half a quilt at a time I lightly iron over each outer side after applying........

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    Quote Originally Posted by timecard24 View Post
    Did you wash and dry it before quilting?
    No, I quilt and then wash and dry it.
    A bed without a quilt is like the night sky without stars.

    http://californiaquilting.blogspot.com/

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    Ive been doing this also! Really like it!! No pins!! I learned to smooth any blobs out so theres no clumps. havent done anything larger than lap quilt so far. thanks for the pictures!!

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    Love the idea of pastry brush!! Just dont put it back in kitchen! Lol

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    Thanks to all....will take all of your recommendations and try the Elmer's glue...washable, of course!!! I have not had any luck with any of the other methods...still have puckers with them.
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    I wonder if you can use the clear elmers glue also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyof2 View Post
    I wonder if you can use the clear elmers glue also?
    It should not be a problem as long as it's washable. The problem with clear glue
    is that's it's difficult to see where you glued and where you didn't. Maybe that's just me.

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    WOW Carso, Super (Duper) Member!!! Great recipe!! Thanks for sharing. And NOW, what to do now with all my safety pins? Serendipity! I just read this morning how you can use safety pins to keep bobbins organized with the same thread. Pin through one of the holes in bobbins and close safety pin, then slip the closed safety pin (with the attached bobbin) into the hold of your thread spool. This method may not work on small spools. For small spools you can keep bobbins and like thread together by putting bobbin on the safety pin then enclose the spool "inside" safety pin and close pin. The little spool of thread will be inside safety pin along with the bobbin. I learned tip this from Sharon Pederson when she was speaking about thread control.

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