Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Glue Basting Your Seams {Video!!}


If I could, I would scream it from the rooftops: "Glue basting is life changing!!"

I get a bit of reluctance from some quilters, and sewists, who haven't tried glue basting, or are cautious (maybe even scared) of trying it. Almost always, once they try glue basting, they "get it" and understand why it works so well. Then they discover how it can work for them and their sewing. This simple technique of glue basting can change your world, if you want it to, and if you give it a try. You might just love what you make, even more.

Good technique matters (another little thing I want to scream from the rooftops). Whether your style of sewing and quilting is modern, traditional or anything in between. Knowing and using techniques that are simple, easy, and efficient will give you better results. Awesome, right?!

There are lots of things I use glue basting on: seams, binding, applique, and clothing. I really enjoy the simple precision I get from this easy technique.

You only need three things: Elmer's Washable School Glue, Glue Tips, and a hot, dry iron. I prefer Elmer's over other basting glues because it's less expensive and washes out better than others I've tried.

For glue basting basics, you can watch the video I put together. Also, I've listed the steps below, in a simple tutorial. Enjoy!

The Video:


Step 1:
Draw a thin line of glue on the inside of your seam allowance, close to the edge of the fabric.

Glue it.
Step 2:
Put two pieces of fabric together, lining up the edges of where the seam will be. If you are matching up seams that have been previously sewn, you can nest them very easily here.
Nest it.
Step 3:
Heat set the glue with a hot, dry iron. No steam please! We want the glue to dry, completely. If you let it dry, or use steam, it will stay gummy. When it's heat set, you can sew it up right away, and it's perfectly safe for your needles and machine.
Heat set.
Step 4:
Sew it up! Generally, I use a scant 1/4".
Sew it.
Step 5: Press your seams to the side, and take a look at your results! Nicely done!
Press the seams to the side.
Not a single pin was used, or injured, in the making of this quilt. And just look at that precision! I love it. It makes me proud, and a bit giddy to see how nicely my seams and corners all match up. And it was so easy.
Perfectly matched. 
Once I finish the quilt, and wash it, the glue will wash away completely. I also have a {tutorial} on foundation piecing, using glue basting. That's one of my favorite ways to use glue basting.

I have a giveaway for you! If you leave a comment below, telling one way you'd like to try glue basting, you'll be entered to win a set of glue tips, bottle of glue, and Sharon Schamber's Perfect Binding DVD.

Are you on Instagram?? I'm taking this giveaway over there, too. Follow me (I'm cristycreates), and repost my giveaway pic with the hashtag #gluebastegiveaway and you'll be entered to win!

The Giveaway!!
This giveaway ends on Thursday June 6th. I'll randomly pick the winners, and announce them first thing Friday morning.

Thank you all for entering the giveaway. It's closed now. Our winner is Ellee!! Please contact me for your prize.


Thank you for stopping by!
~Cristy

70 comments:

  1. This looks interesting! Definitely something I'd like to try!

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    1. Hey lady!! Thanks for being my first comment. I'm always here for you, if you need me.

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  2. I would love to try the glue basting methed on all my quilting projects

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  3. I love this! I've seen a lot of people start talking about this, but never looked to see what it actually was, or how it was done. Thanks for taking the time to put this together, and for the giveaway! I'd love to try it! (maybe on my crazy 1” hst's i'm working on, our rather not working on at the moment.) :) and now i'm interested as to how you use it with foundation paper piecing... Off to read some more. :)

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    1. Oh yes! It would be fabulous for those HSTs.

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  4. This is a brilliant idea! I am looking forward to trying this on my next quilt project.

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  5. I would love to try this out on a long time WIP. Lots of points to match & I hate pins!

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    1. I think it will be great for your WIP. I'd love to hear how it works for you.

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  6. I would like to try with paper piecing and applique.

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  7. I'd definitely like to try it on binding.

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  8. I glue baste all my applique and have always used the 'other' brand but am looking for an alternative as the metal tip constantly clogs up and I'm done with it! Grrr! Yours looks like it wouldn't have that problem and if it did, would be easy to unclog!

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    1. Ah, the "other brand". That metal tip is more trouble than it's worth. The Elmer's costs less, and you get so much more. It is easy to unclog.

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  9. I have heard Melanie rave so much about this, I want to try it on some placemats I am about to finish. And I wonder if I could use it on a blouse up next.

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    1. I {heart} Melanie! I'm sure you could use it on a blouse. I glue baste, often, when I make clothing.

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  10. On those projects where the seams are a bit thicker and anywhere else that needs to be just right. it's a great tool to know about.

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    1. I think it will work great for you.

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  11. I have used glue basting on my bindings before and it is nice. BUT I didn't know you could get different tips. Can you share where you get those. I am currently doing the skill builder BOM and am attempting foundation piecing using glue. Thanks for the clever idea

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    1. Hi! The glue tips are available on my website, www.purpledaisiesllc.com.

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  12. I would use glue basting for my piecing of quilts. I am very excited about this technique. thanks for the giveaway, kathy

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  13. I am going to start using this technique. Even when I pin carefully, seams do not always come out perfect. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  14. Thank you so much for showing the piecing with the glue. I did just watch Sharon S. glue basting with binding so I really would love to try this...and since you just showed us the piecing with the washable glue I will be trying this also...thank you very much.

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  15. Is Elmers sold overseas under a different name? I'd love to try it, but i've never seen it here in NZ. I'm sure it would improve my piecing.

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    1. Hi! I have the Elmer's available on my website and ship internationally.

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  16. I have used glue basting for my last two bindings but really need those little tips/nozzles. I'd like to try it for other basting needs like applique and pockets

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    1. The tips do help tremendously. And they're in stock. ;)

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  17. I would like to try it for machine binding...which needs SERIOUS improvement! :)

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    1. YES! And be sure to watch my mom's video on using the glue for bindings. The full length video is on YouTube. Search "Sharon Shamber binding" and you'll find it.

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  18. I'd like to try glue basting for appliques. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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    1. Ellee! You're the big winner! Please contact me at cristy @ purpledaisiesllc dot com so I can send you your goodies!

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    2. Thanks so much, Cristy! I've sent my info to you and happily await my goodies!

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  19. Do you know we don't have Elmer's glue in Greece and I don't think it is really in Europe either, I need to try this on my Anchors Aweigh quilt, it has 2" squares and my first try the squares didn't line up so well, I think this would help alot for the second quilt I am making.

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    1. I have the Elmer's available on my website, and ship internationally. I hope that will help.

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  20. It seems like pins distort just the area you really want to be the most careful in--I think glue is the answer!

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  21. I do my binding using the Elmer's glue, and it is the best way to do bindings. I will have to try doing seams this way, and see how that works out.

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    1. I think you'll love it for seams. ;)

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  22. I am going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome! I'd love to know how it works for you.

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  23. I am making purse handles right now, going to use this method, I bought the glue tip way back and havent given this a try.. stay with me... thank you for sharing

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    1. I with you! Let me know if I can help.

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    2. COULDNT do it had to do Pellon, but I have binding to do when I get back from Vacation. thx

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    3. it worked on purse straps!

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  24. Hi! Everyone is really raving about Elmer's Glue right now. I would love to try it on the binding I'm getting ready to put on the baby quilt I'm finishing up. I have been a little intrepid, but looking at all the examples you have shown has me intrigued and interested!! I'm ready to give it a try!!! Also, can you use the Elmer's Washable Glue Stick?

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    1. Hi Dianna,
      I don't use the glue stick for this type of basting. I do use it for applique, a lot.

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    2. Would it be okay to use glue sticks? I understand you don't but I have so many and no Elmer's school glue.

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  25. I really need to try this - thanks for the encouragement and the chance to win the supplies!

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  26. I've never tried this, but it seems pretty cool! Maybe it'll help me finish my farmer's wife!

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  27. Thanks for the video. I plan to use it!

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  28. Hi Christy loved your video. You are so much like your mom--a great teacher!! Your mom's videos have changed the way i prepare a quilt sandwich and now you've introduced me to this great technique. Thanks! I am off to browes your blog some more.
    Cinzia

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  29. I just watched the video and ordered the glue tips for the Elmer's school glue I purchased in the back to school supplies. I can't wait to give glue basting a try and see how my seams/points match up!

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  30. This is amazing and I can't wait to try it!

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    1. Thank you!! I hope you try it. You may never go back. ;)

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  31. Great tutorials! But, the light gray (and other colors) of the print is very hard to read. Don't know if I'll want to strain my vision that much to take advantage of your expertise. Sorry.

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    1. Hi Evie,

      The video will be very helpful to you. Thanks for visiting!

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  32. Thankfully stumbled your blog a couple of days ago..on this method you have shown.. and just used it for the first - and not last time... its been a revelation and I appreciate how you have it put together...with the great video. I have just mentioned this page on my latest blog posting.. I think its wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Fortunately I had the glue, and the glue tips from an order from your Mom's so it was all go for me :)

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    1. Thank you Joan! That's so wonderful to hear.

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  33. Hi Cristy, I just wanted you to know that I shared a link to this page on my blog at backtothecraft.blogspot.ca I credited your site and shared a link to your blog home, too! Thanks for all the awesome tutorials, your site rocks!!

    Emily

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  34. Hi! What if you let the glue dry overnight - do you still need to use a dry hot iron?
    Thanks!

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