I don’t have a favorite favorite….I just use it all and use different glues/adhesives for different things. One of my current favorites is this one:
They didn’t pay me to say that. But they can if they want to.
I use this one for “pinning” my binding before I do the machine stitching. Here’s how that works.
First I put dots of adhesive along the outside edge of the quilt. So that you could see it I put way more glue on this than I normally would.
The pink is my ironing board cover - I make my own so I figure why have white or gray when you can have pink...right? I put dots of glue on the quilt top, lay the binding on it and press long enough to let the heat dry the glue. I glue one side, take it to the sewing machine and stitch it down, then go back to the ironing board to glue the next side. And when I'm sewing it looks like this:
Look Ma…no pins! Glue the next side and go again.
Once all the stitching is done I press the binding to the other side and glue it down so that I don’t have to have clips or pins in my way when I do the hand stitching. It’s very important that you just dot the glue along the top to hold it in place. If you get too much glue close to where you’re stitching it’s very hard to stitch through. I’ve put extra glue here so you can see it.
Don’t put that much – but if you accidentally do, just wet a washcloth and wipe it away. You can stitch it while it’s damp. And please remember this method is only for those pieces that you plan to launder right after finishing. Bugs like glue too so you don’t want to use this on something that you’re not going to wash. Sharon Schamber has an excellent video demonstrating this on YouTube and I recommend watching it here. It's a great tutorial. She only uses Elmer’s School Glue on her binding – I’ve used it and it’s wonderful. With this method the binding ends up laying smooth and even so you can just stitch away. This binding is all glued and ready for my needle.
Here’s another great use for glue. Because I have arthritis in my hands, when I sandwich quilts I need to use a method that minimizes using them, which lets out hand basting. So I either use fusible batting or spray adhesive. Sometimes fusible batting doesn’t hold well at the corners so I get out my trusty glue, put a few dots there and press it to dry. You can use the kind in the picture above, Elmer's or even a glue stick.
My second favorite use for glue is really spray adhesive used to baste a quilt. I learned this technique from a video by Patsy Thompson on YouTube. If you haven't explored YouTube for help on any and every quilting technique you're missing a great resource! Her video about spray basting is here. Patsy covers her design wall with newspaper….I use a sheet instead. I first pin the backing fabric, right side down, to the design wall. Then I spray it with this wonderful stuff:
They don’t pay me either. Darn!
Now I'm apologizing before you even see this picture because I'm a terrible photographer...just ask Madame Samm. But my sheet was white and the back of my quilt backing was a very pale blue and it hardly shows at all. :( I pinned my quilt backing onto the design wall on top of the sheet, then sprayed it with the adhesive above. Starting at the top just smooth your batting on the backing. Gravity helps pull the wrinkles out as you smooth.
Then spray the batting and smooth on your quilt top.
Mine ended up like this:
When I take it down I trim it a bit and let it sit for a while until I’m sure the adhesive is dry before I quilt it. It can stay like that for a really long time without getting unsticky. A really long time. I know that because sometimes you get sidetracked and don’t get back to that particular quilt for a while…or maybe that’s just me. Again you only need to do this with quilts you’ll be washing. (I do know this is sideways but that’s the way I basted it because it fit best like that)
If you don't have glue in your sewing room you're missing out on a great tool....try it, you'll like it!
Oh, for those of you who are wondering about the tool that lost out being chosen as my very favorite....
I love these pin cushion/thread catchers! I have three of them and wish I had a fourth. One is on my sewing machine, not for catching threads, but for holding my leaders/enders. I have a trash can right underneath for the threads. One is on my ironing table, not for catching threads but for holding my scissors, small ruler, and seam ripper, and one is on my chair in the sunroom where I do my hand stitching.
It's not for catching threads either...it's for holding chocolate. :) Now you know why I need a fourth one - I need one to catch my threads!