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So, I used basting spray for the first time...
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Date: 3/11/13 4:59 PM

That stuff is STICKY! LOL!

Yes, I know it's SUPPOSED to be sticky, but ewwww...it's REALLY sticky.

So far just from the basting part I have to say no thank you.

What a pain in the rear to get everything smooth when the top sticks to the batting, then the batting folds up when you try to move the top, then the whole thing bunches up, then it sticks to itself and you have to peel it off, and it stinks and it's STICKY on your hands.

Maybe if the quilting part is some kind of wonderful I'll reconsider, but that was NOT in any way easier better or significantly faster than pin basting on the table.

I'll stick to pin basting.

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Date: 3/11/13 5:17 PM

especially when you can pin-baste in sections on a table while watching old Star Trek episodes on Netflix... I mean... it doesn't have to be Star Trek....

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Date: 3/11/13 5:22 PM

Sorry you had such a time with spray basting! I use 505 with success. It has always been a fast and easy process for me. Nothing like you are describing!

How did you get it on your hands?! Yes it does smell and you should have a window open when using it. I don't have to use that much 505 for it to work well. I much prefer this method to pinning. My quilt top stays flat and smooth throughout the quilting process. Not so with pin basting.

Isn't is great we have different methods to choose from? What one person loves, another does not.

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Date: 3/11/13 5:27 PM

I am not a tv watcher, but I do pin baste in sections on the table.

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Date: 3/11/13 5:29 PM

Diana it was like a 3 Stooges episode!

The quilt was stuck to my hair at one point. I was leaning over and when I stood up there was the quilt stuck to my ponytail end.

I sprayed the quilt top outside then brought it in the house to try to lay it out on the table where the backing and batting was. NOT a good idea!

edit because I can't type!
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Date: 3/11/13 5:39 PM

all the videos I've seen on spray basting they tack it to their wall or something and do the spraying and basting all in one go. I don't have the luxury or ventilation to try spay basting so I have no personal experience.

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Date: 3/11/13 6:24 PM

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all the videos I've seen on spray basting they tack it to their wall or something and do the spraying and basting all in one go. I don't have the luxury or ventilation to try spay basting so I have no personal experience.

Ditto.

Plus, I know that one of them will HAVE to get between the spray and the quilt and then what happens? Give the cat a bath? Been there, done that, been punished for it by angry cat numerous times.

Other people have good cats, like Debbie. I only have bad ones. They would think that trying to get sprayed would be such a fun adventure. If I ever try this I will have to do it outside as they are indoor cats.

ETA: one day I am going to write a post I don't think can be improved upon. And the next day I will learn not to end a sentence with a preposition.
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Date: 3/11/13 8:28 PM

I can see you now!

Ok, here's a tip or two. Do not spray the quilt top!! It can stain the fabric if sprayed directly on it.

I do mine on my cutting table in sections (lap sized largest size I will ever do). I have the batting laying lengthwise over the table and side closet to me. Then I lay the quilt top over it and get it where I want it. Then, I peel the top part of the quilt top back about 1/2 way and put the basting spray on the batting. You do not need a lot if using 505. Fold the quilt top back onto the batting and smooth out. Fold up the bottom of the quilt top after you slide the quilt more over the edge of the table. Spray the second half of the batting then pull the quilt top down onto the batting and smooth. Flip over and repeat with backing. Takes a couple of minutes to do both the quilt top and backing.

Hope this helps! It will definitely save your hair getting stuck on the quilt top!!!!!!
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Date: 3/11/13 8:36 PM

I agree with you YUCK! I also hate that it makes my asthma kick in. I much prefer pinning.

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Date: 3/11/13 9:08 PM

I've only done it twice, but I found it so much easier --and less bloody-- than pinning. I did it little differently from SewBusy, but it worked well.

I laid the backing, batting and top on the floor, smoothing everything as I went. Then I rolled back the top two layers halfway and sprayed the backing... Rolled the batting back on and sprayed that. Turned around and repeated for the other half. Flipped everything over to make sure I had no wrinkles..I did have a wrinkle once and it was easy to peel the layers apart, straighten it, and then press together.

I've used the 505 and found it has very little oder to it and I did it on my livingroom floor. I held the can about 8" from the quilt and had no overspray.

Anything is preferrable to pinning as I can't operate the safety pins I have and used the very long straight pins..resulting in lots of scratches!

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