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Has anyone basted a quilt using magnets?

Old 06-12-2022, 07:04 AM
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I have a lot of these and use them for various things in my sewing room. I was wondering about using them for basting. They are so strong they will not slip but I think will make the quilt too heavy. I guess I answered my own question. LOL Do any of you use magnets for fabric? They are good to hold fabric units together. And I had an idea of using them on the design wall instead of pins.......have to think on that one.
I bought a container full of these on Amazon, for badge making, much less expensive.

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Old 06-12-2022, 08:43 AM
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I would worry about not getting the piece under the quilt moved and sewing over it
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Old 06-12-2022, 09:08 AM
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I would worry about them attracting, or being attracted to, things you don't want them to while you're sewing, including each other when you bunch up the quilt sandwich.
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Old 06-12-2022, 09:56 AM
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The strips are attached to themselves. They won't move or stick to anything else. Never have for me once attached. Not like a magnet in the open. But are heavy so maybe for a small quilt or project. I'll try them on my next small one.

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Old 06-12-2022, 10:37 AM
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I have a friend who bought bar magnets from Harbor Freight and uses them to attach her quilt to her longarm poles.
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Old 06-12-2022, 01:21 PM
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I don’t know how you could use them on a design wall unless you can put the one piece behind the design wall fabric. As your using them to hold the quilt sandwich instead of pins, you would have to try them to see. I think the batt may make them unable to attach to each other due to the thickness.
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Old 06-12-2022, 01:58 PM
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I was thinking of a thin sheet of metal shim stock for a wall and use the magnets to hold fabric to that. I could paint the shim stock white. Only thing these magnets are so strong it will be hard to get them off. I'd have to use regular fridge magnet strength. I stuck on on my door and it was very hard to remove. I had to pry it loose.
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Old 06-13-2022, 03:07 AM
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I used magnets to display quilt tops in the classroom at my old store. A customer came up with the idea. I used velcro to attach 1 inch strips ( or 3/4" - can't remember) of galvanized metal to the wall. I bought them at Lowe's in four foot lengths. The quilt top was placed on the metal strip then "earth" magnets went on top of the quilt. The magnets were very small and very strong. God forbid you ever stuck 2 together! This method worked really well hanging quilt samples.
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Old 06-13-2022, 06:39 AM
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Magnets can be handy for putting up lots of stuff. I have a metal door in my sewing room that is a catch all for all the little projects I don’t want to lose track off ( stuck up with fridge magnets)
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Old 06-14-2022, 03:02 PM
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What about the advice to keep magnets away from computerized sewing machines?
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