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Date: 8/18/13 8:57 AM

I just posted about spray basting on another thread, I thought I post it here too, in case anyone is interested.

I was using the 505 basting spray, but noticed that it did not was out completely, it still was sticky after washing in warm water (not hot, it was dark fabric). I don’t know what your experience is; maybe it has to be washed in hot water? I don’t like the idea of the glue staying in my quilt, so I was doing some research about different glues for basting, this is was what I came up with.

You can make homemade glue with flour or cornstarch, but it has the risk of attracting critters or growing mould as it is organic, you would need to finish it quickly and wash it.

http://naturalkidsteam.com/wordpress/2010/06/starch-paste-tutorial/

Sharon Schamber uses Elmer's washable school glue for basting before piecing and binding, she has some great videos on YouTube. It doesn’t gum up the needle and washes out completely. It works well for appliqué too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2hWQ5-ZccE

Many people use Elmers glue for basting their quilts, they either make a thin line, small dots or even use a painting brush. There are some topics about it on the Quilting Board.

http://www.quiltingboard.com/tutorials-f10/how-use-elmers-washable-school-glue-because-yall-asked-t217470.html

People report that glue basting is a great help in preventing puckers in the backing as well as not needing to pin. I was thinking about making a spray with Elmers, and I found this site in case somebody wants to try it:

http://www.ehow.com/how_6598712_make-elmer_s-glue-spray.html

I will be definitely trying it with my next quilt.

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Date: 8/18/13 9:32 AM

Awesome information! Thanks for sharing.

I am going to try this, I HATE spray baste and pinning is so tedious.

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Date: 8/18/13 9:47 AM

I use Roxanne's liquid glue as well as Aleene's Tacky Glue Sticks (they don't dry out like Elmer's school glue sticks).

I had 505 spray and recently it discolor the fabric, so no more of this.

Sulky is suppose to dissipate after a short length of time.

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Date: 8/18/13 11:09 AM

I can’t get Sulky around here, only 505. The curious thing is that it doesn’t say on the bottle that it dissipates or washes out; it only says “temporary” glue. But when I read articles about it, it always said that it would dissipate in about two to four months or disappear after washing. I was surprised to find it still glued in place after six months (I did not get around to quilting it straight after basting). So when I finished it, I took a scrap of the backing and batting cut off while blocking that quilt and washed it as well. When I took it out, still wet, the glue was still there, tacky and holding everything together, even after drying! So I decided I will not use it again.

Then I read about the washable glue and started researching. I can’t get Elmer’s around here either (well, from Amazon, but the shipping costs are scandalous!) so I will be trying local school glues, I think they will work as well. I don’t like glue sticks because they dry out and I think they stretch the fabric when I apply them (clumsy!). I can get Roxanne’s glue but it is very expensive. The glues for school purposes are usually non toxic and washable.

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