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PostSubject: Basting Spray by Merry Bee   Thu Sep 11, 2008 8:17 am

Title: Basting spray
Post by: Merry Bee on November 26, 2007, 09:59:01 PM
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Have you ever used the basting spray to hold the batting, backing, and top together?


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: golo on November 26, 2007, 10:04:54 PM
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I have used it on wall hangings. Spray the batting not the fabric and not to heavily... follow direction on can... they might all be different... :santa_afro:


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Merry Bee on November 26, 2007, 10:17:45 PM
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Did it work OK? I was afraid to use it because I might get it on there wrong or it might mess up my top...or something. :santa_undecided:


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: finisher on November 27, 2007, 06:53:27 AM
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I've used it MerryBee. I think it's best if you can do it outside or in a garage or something. If not..maybe lay some sheets down to protect the area from overspray? The fumes are a worry too. I found that I could reposition the fabric if I needed to. Just gently lift..and smooth as you lay your fabric back down. When I used it..I sprayed the wrong side of the backing...then laid the batt on(folded in quarters)..and then sprayed the batt..then laid my top that I had folded in quarters on..carefully smoothing as I went.
As an alternative to that..I have used the fusable batting batting which I was happy with..although I used it on a baby sized quilt. I suppose it would be a bit more of a chore to get a bed sized quilt fused.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Merry Bee on November 27, 2007, 11:53:22 AM
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When you press the fusible batting on, doesn't it mash the batting down flat?


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: golo on November 27, 2007, 12:06:46 PM
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Use it on some scrap fabric and see how you like it... it never any problems with it....


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: finisher on November 27, 2007, 12:52:27 PM
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The fusable that I used was a cotton batt. Like the warm and natural. It didn't change the loft of the batting when ironed. It stayed the same.(it reminds me of a blanket) I know they have a poly fusable..I haven't tried that type.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: quiltermarynel on November 27, 2007, 09:25:30 PM
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I have nothing against the spray, but will give away my can. It is bad news for asthmatics, even outdoors. I liked the effect, but was happier pinning a bit too, because it did slide a bit on poly batting.

I have used a fusable poly batting once, on a wall hanging. It gave an odd texture to the job, but was really easy to use. I would not like that particular product for a bed quilt. The poly was low loft, but very dense so the finished quilt had a rug-like feel to it.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: missmommy on November 28, 2007, 07:34:02 AM
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I copied and pasted BuickJim's basting lesson from another thread...hope you don't mind Jim? I use this method but I baste with pins or thread, not spray, except on wall hangings.

"Here's my methodology for basting. It makes for pretty quick work. First, get one of those large accordian style cardboard pattern cutting mats. I just bought a new one at Joanns for $17. Find the center of it and tape a button to it. Make sure the button is thick enough to be felt through a layer of batting.

I also get a couple boxes of the small (1/4") binder clips. I also use 505 most of the time. It really helps cut down on slippage and puckering.

Press your back and fold it into quarters wrong side in. Place the inside corner on the button and unfold on the cutting mat. I usually have the cutting mat on another table. If the back is smaller than the mat, tape down the back with blue painters tape. If it is larger, use binder clips to clip the fabric to the mat.

Fold your batting into quarters and put the inside corner on the button unfold and smooth out. If using 505, lift up half the batting and spray the batting. Lay back down and smooth. Lift up the other half and spray the batting with 505. Lay down and smooth. If not using 505, using binder clips to secure the batting.

Press your top and fold into quarters, right side in. Place the inside corner on the button, and unfold. Smooth out the top. Lift up half and spray the batting with 505. Repeat with the other half. Remember that if you are using 505, only spray the batting. If not smooth out the top.

I used curved pins to baste with. If you are not using 505, baste about every 3 inches or so. If you are using 505, baste every 6 to 10 inches. The smaller the quilt, the greater the distance between pins.

If your quilt is larger, shift the sandwich to one side the and clamp the basted side to the mat while you baste the edge. Repeat until all sides are done. You'll be ready to quilt!"

I used to do this on my dining room table so I could just bounce from chair to chair and baste a quilt in just minutes.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Grandma Chris on December 02, 2007, 01:43:36 PM
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I haven't used them because not sure how the chemicals will be long term on the quilt. Wall hangings that you don't launder and use on your bed maybe. Is there a flame retardant in them and if they are flamable after they dry. I guess the safety issue is my concern.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: gimpy cat on December 02, 2007, 07:27:09 PM
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I cant use it because of the chemicals but I hear its a time saver. I do wonder about effects on the fabric and if it releases fumes when it warms like dry cleaning emits fumes etc


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: buickjim on December 04, 2007, 05:40:14 PM
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I use the spray all the time. The fumes don't bother me and I hardly notice them or smell them after a few minutes.

There was a test done to guage the effects of the spray on quilts and whether or not it completely washed out. The 505 product is the only spray that passed the tests.

I had a test of my own. I used a competing product (in a pink can) in a shop that didn't sell 505 and accidentally got it on a student's sewing machine. We had to use 409 to get it off. Since I don't wash my quilts in 409, I don't use that product. The shop, BTW, pulled the product and replaced it with 505.

I've used warm soapy water to clean up the overspray and that works; and it's what I wash my quilts in. I always wash my quilts after quilting them to get quilt marks and the spray out.

I've never experience any gumming of the needles or other drawbacks from using the spray. It's important to remember that using a basting spray doesn't allow you not to pin, just not to pin as much.



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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: stitchinjj on December 22, 2007, 01:44:50 PM
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I have allergies and asthma and can't be in a room where they were used recently. So I never have tried them. But I have friends who use them and love it. I think they use the spray on an outside porch because any overspray is sticky on your floor. They wash the quilt afterward it is finished so I am assuming the chemicals are washed away?


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: buickjim on December 23, 2007, 09:01:54 PM
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Yes, the chemicals are gone if you use warm water and soap to wash the quilt. That's what takes off any overspray.


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: bizkitea98 on February 28, 2008, 11:13:02 PM
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I use the spray, for basting the border before I gonna quilt there - the rest is pined. I already found my alternate solution when I run out of basting-spray - hairspray is doing also a good job and it is cheaper.

Happy stichin


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Merry Bee on February 29, 2008, 08:35:08 AM
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Really? Hairs spray is a new idea, but I do know that hairspray washes out. We used tons of it during the 60s and never ruined anything but the carpet. ;)


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: bizkitea98 on March 02, 2008, 11:31:29 AM
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Hihihi thats true people where using tons of it back than. I dont need it to be permanent sticky, just for the time while Im quilting the borders. It works good for me.

:nite:
Karin


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Schnookie on March 25, 2008, 04:20:24 PM
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I also have allergies and asthma I haven't had any problems with the 505 product yet, but than I don't use a lot of it. Now, hairspray, I go into a bad place with it! Cough and wheeze for hours at end! I think it is because I used it many years ago when working as a Beautician, an everyday thing is not good for anyone. When DMIL comes she must go outside to use it on her hair! She puts tons of it on, you can see it is like a board of fibers :uglystupid2: and I have to stay away from her for a while tell the smell dissipates, she doesn't get it...to bad!

Schnookie


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: finisher on March 26, 2008, 06:20:15 AM
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LOL Schnookie! I was a beautician back in the 70's. We used tons of hair spray! You could see a cloud of it as we worked. :shocked: I don't miss that!


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Schnookie on March 26, 2008, 08:27:25 AM
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Although, I find that I must wash my fabric or I have a bad onset of Asthma angry I like having that crisp fabric to sew on. I wonder if using it would gum up the needles in the machine though, glad you mentioned that buickjim. I do wish there was some way to get around pinning...


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Title: Re: Basting spray
Post by: Merry Bee on March 26, 2008, 08:31:51 AM
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Once several years ago, my hair spray in a pump bottle turned over and leaked out onto the counter while I was out of town. (Blame the DC / darn cat) It hardened like varnish, and I had to soak it off with a sponge for a long time. After that I didn't want it on my hair. :tongue: In athsmatic lungs, not a good thought.
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