Anyone baste with spray?


Does anyone baste their quilt sandwich with adhesive spray?

I have used Helmar 101. It gets good reviews. Not having anything to compare it to, I thought it was so-so. Probably a little better than pins …

I’m about to baste up a large lap quilt and just wanted to see what other people use.


I use 505 when I glue-baste stuff for quilting. And have used Sullivan’s or June Tailor when it was what I could get my hands on in a basting emergency. But I have to admit, it’s an exercise in frustration as a solo act. I always seem to end up with a cloud of glue settling on me instead of the fabric, and wrinkles/bubbles in the middle.

But that doesn’t really answer your query…

I guess of the evils, I prefer 505, preferably with the top/back stiffened with Terial Magic. Then trim down the excess backing and batting so only a minimum amount of thread, dog hair, etc attaches itself to the edges while working on the quilting part of the equation.


Thanks. How badly does it gum up the needle?


I have not yet graduated from stabbing myself to possibly getting glue everywhere so I don’t have an opinion, but I’ve always been curious about the basting guns. They look like they could either be awesome or just terrible.

edited to add the rest of the thought I meant to put down in the first place before I got distracted and hit Submit.


Not as bad as Sullivan’s did. I think the only times I’ve noticed a lot of buildup, I’m doing a lot of heavy, close threadwork. The owner of Best of Bernina advocates keeping alcohol swabs handy to wipe off the needle when doing the standard lint-removal and lubricating tasks while working on an ecxtended project.

Have you tried any of the fusible battings? I like Hobbs. Had a few bad batches that made me leery for a time, but have been gravitating back. The bond isn’t permanent; more what I’d describe as post-it note adhesion. It’s a chore, but at least I don’t wind up wearing glue or have sticky stuff around the does…


I bought one, a million years ago, but never got around to trying it. During the chenille rage, they were popular for getting all the layers of fabric to stay together. Somewhere, I read a recommendation to get one of those 2’x4’ gridded deflector panels for fluorescent lights in dropped ceilings to make the poking/triggering easier. But then, you still have to deal with cutting all those pesky plastic things off when you’re done… and if you’re like me, all of your crappy scissors go into hiding the moment you want to cut tags off garments. Leaving only your favorite embroidery scissors or the Ginghers in sight.

Argh, the moral dilemma!!

My next undertaking is to see whether I like working with something basted on a long arm.


Did anyone else think this was about cooking a turkey? :grin:


I also use the 505 spray and it doesn’t gum up the needle at all. I also use a basting gun with plastic tags that I can quilt right over. This combined method seems to work really well since I really manhandle my quilts during the quilting process.


First thought was a garden sprayer aimed at the bird in the oven. :slight_smile: