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A word to the wise:  if you think your glue-baste quilting spray is too old, be very cautious about using it.  Mine is several years old, and not something I use(d) very often.  I can't tell you how old, because I don't remember when I bought it.  

I was working on a shannon fabric (minkee) blanket and since it is somewhat slippery, I thought I'd tack it together with small amounts of basting spray.  

As I was cleaning the spout, I got some glue on my hands.  I sure hope it washes out of fabric more easily than it washed off my hands.  Hot water and soap sure didn't work.  I ended up going to the shop for acetone.  It helped, but I can still feel glue residue on my hands.  Rubbing alcohol may work, but I was out and hadn't replaced it yet.  

Needless to say, the glue-baste is no longer in my craft room and I won't be replacing it.  I'll stick to pins from now on.  Lesson learned.  

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Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 2, 2020 at 4:37am

Barb, mine had started to bubble out of the spout and form a glue ball.  I suppose that should have been my first clue that things weren't "right".  It was in the cleaning that it continued to leak and get on my hands.  When I couldn't wash it off with hot soapy water, I started wondering how in the world it would ever wash out of fabric?  

Comment by Barb/WI on July 1, 2020 at 6:49pm

Thanks for sharing! I have friends who really like using the basting spray. I'm not fond of it, at all. For me, it seems to gum up my sewing machine needle. Now I'm wondering how old my can of spray is - I have the same kind you used. Yikes. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 1, 2020 at 5:07pm

Thanks!  My containers had a substantial layer of dust on the caps; I'll have to try them on some scraps to see if they are still okay!  What was I doing when I got them?  Hmmm.....  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 1, 2020 at 4:12pm

Mine was Sullivan's The Original Quilt Basting Spray.  Again, I have no idea how old it was.  I'm sure it was fine when it was new, and there are possibly other formulas that have been improved.  My experience today really soured me on it, so it's possible I'm negatively biased.  

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 1, 2020 at 1:49pm

Well, a second look shows that I have both 505 and 606 Spray and Fix, along with Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive on hand.  Were any of these the product you had trouble with? ( I think they have been with me for awhile.)

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on July 1, 2020 at 1:44pm

Thanks for the warning, Jan.  I don't think I have any spray-on glue on hand, but I'll look!  I don't have much of a reason to use it.  I've discovered the many uses for the very tiny (one point) Wonder Clips when I need to hold small pieces together briefly while stitching!

Comment by Janet/MO on July 1, 2020 at 12:06pm

I'm curious as to what brand it was.  I used to use Sullivan's as I could buy it at Joanns with my coupon.  Then I switched to 505 which I do like better.  Normally now I just use it when I'm doing machine embroidery that requires me to adhere a fabric to the back of the project such as to a mug rug.  It is there just long enough to be stitched  as there is really no way to use pins.  

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on July 1, 2020 at 11:45am

handstitcher, it was pretty awful.  I hate to give anything a bad review, because others may have used it for years and not had any problems, but if I can help someone else based on my experience, it is worth the heads up.  I'd want others to give me fair warning, too.  It reminds me why I'm not a "gadget girl".  Sometimes traditional is traditional for a reason.  

Comment by handstitcher/IL on July 1, 2020 at 11:32am

Great warning, Jan! Thanks for sharing your hard lesson learned. I’m a pin girl, myself. As long as you pick them up and don’t prick yourself, it’s smooth sailing. 

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