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    Spray Basting and Wrinkles

    I spray basted the backside of my quilt and the batting and thought I had all the wrinkles out of the backing but when I turned it over I discovered that I have wrinkles. I tried spraying the outside of the backing pretty heavily with water and working the wrinkles out. I also pulled up one side of the backing and smoothed it down. I have not resprayed that side yet. Any advice on the best way to prevent wrinkles in the future? I work on an office size conference table, but still have to work sections of the quilt at a time. I smooth 2 layers together, pull up the top layer, spray between the layers, and smooth the top layer back down. I normally have the batting on the table with the backing on top, but this time, for whatever reason, I had the backing on the table and smoothed the batting over it. Don't ask why, I am not sure why I did it this way this time. How does everyone else manage this? My quilt is 102 x 90 so working with it is a handfull.

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    I worked on the floor. I spread out the back first and stretch and safety pin it to the carpet so it's tight. Then I spread out and roll up the batting/ then do the same with the top. I'll spray and roll about 10-12 " of the batting, then spray and roll until it's all done. Then I do the same with the top...

    lol, now a days, on a quilt that size, I send it to be long armed. I just don't have the room in the living room or the sewing room in this house.
    Katrina
    “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Maya Angelou

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      #3
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      Not fond of working on the floor anymore. I can lay this one out on the floor if I move things around, but just barely. I'm working the wrinkles out by pulling the backing off the batting, smoothing it and respraying. So far I think I'm getting it, but I just don't want to do the same thing next time. I hope I learn my lesson. I know there are a few people around who have the LAQ, and take in work, but I don't know them, or what they charge. I like to do my own, start to finish. Maybe someday I will find a used LAQ and get one set up here.

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        #4
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        When spray basting a larger quilt I start by laying the backing-wrong side up-and secure it with tape to a couple of plastic folding tables. I have found that if I stretch it taught it will wrinkle so I just smooth and tape it down. Spray the fabric then place the batting on. Next I put the top on, fold it over spray the wrong side smooth in place, repeat with remaining top. After this I move the quilt and finish the rest of the process.
        One yard of fabric, like one cookie, is never enough!

        Beth aka Asta

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          #5
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          On small quilts I find pressing after spray basting helps remove wrinkles. Not sure if that is do-able with a large quilt, though.
          “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

          ― Albert Pine

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            #6
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            Thanks. I have not tried taping it down, I am not sure where I would tape it other than the floor. I had not had this problem before so I must have done something different, and I guess it's that I laid the batting onto the backing and that I must have laid the backing onto the batting in the past, and then smoothed it nicely.

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              #7
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              I am probably the only one, but I am afraid of spray basting so I have never done it.

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                #8
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                I try to be very carefull not to breathe it in, but I can't pin baste as it's too hard on my hands, as is hand basting. So that leaves spray basting. I find it very easy if I am doing a small baby quilt but a large queen is much harder.

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                  #9
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                  I also have never used spray basting. I'm still able to crawl around on the floor. I pin the backing on to the carpet with straight quilting pins, so it stays in place, then lay down the batting & smooth it all out, then lay down the top & smooth it out. I pin baste with the curved pins. When that's done, I mach. baste a lengthened serpentine stitch around the perimeter. It's what works for me.

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                    #10
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                    Hi
                    [email protected] Very Easy did this video which helped me. https://youtu.be/8VWvojG2mK0. Hope it helps.

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                      #11
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                      When I do a small quilt, such as a baby quilt, I take the backing out to the garage and clip it to a large piece of cardboard, spay it and then take it back to the basement and lay it out on the cutting table. But this large one I was not able to do that, it's too large for that. I think I have the wrinkled worked out now. Thanks for all your help.

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                        #12
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                        You could possibly use large binder clips to hold the backing in place on your table.
                        "I'm putting together a list of 100 reasons why I am NOT relentless!" - Sue Heck, The Middle

                        Leonard: For God's sake, Sheldon, do I have to hold up a sarcasm sign every time I open my mouth?
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                          #13
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                          I am not sure they make binder clips wide enough for my table, but I do have some other clips that I could have used. I will have to remember that for next time. I have it fixed now, but I do not want to go through this another time.

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                            #14
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                            I purchased a bag of plastic clamps from Home Depot (10 assorted size clamps for about $10 CDN). I clamp the backing to my table wrong side up, spray, add the batting spray again and then add the top. I keep moving it, clamping and spraying as necessary for the size of the quilt. Once I'm done , I'll smooth out any wrinkles that may have occurred with my hands and then iron both sides to secure the adhesive. If it's a large quilt, I iron directly on the table with no steam trying to be quick so as to not damage the table.

                            As for the spray adhesive - I use 505 - my husband who is a severe asthmatic has helped me many times with no side effects whatsoever.
                            Maria

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                              #15
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                              Originally posted by Maria Sews View Post
                              I purchased a bag of plastic clamps from Home Depot (10 assorted size clamps for about $10 CDN). I clamp the backing to my table wrong side up, spray, add the batting spray again and then add the top. I keep moving it, clamping and spraying as necessary for the size of the quilt. Once I'm done , I'll smooth out any wrinkles that may have occurred with my hands and then iron both sides to secure the adhesive. If it's a large quilt, I iron directly on the table with no steam trying to be quick so as to not damage the table.

                              As for the spray adhesive - I use 505 - my husband who is a severe asthmatic has helped me many times with no side effects whatsoever.
                              Thanks for the tip. I do have some plastic clips that will hold the backing to the table. I will have to try those next time. I didn't think about using them, even though I have them close to my sewing area.

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