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Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 15, 2017, 09:36:58 AM »
Kenora, there are so many quilters who successfully use the glue....I'm just the unlucky bunny who's had a bad experience with it.

Who could've even been something about how I used the glue (my error), or even my forgetting how to set my Bernina up for's been so long since I used it...but anyway I look at fault or not......I won't try the glue again. But so many people love it I'd say try for yourself but make sure your test sandwich is not only done for testing washability but also done for you to test how your machine likes it.  Perhaps my Juki  :'( would've been fine with it...who knows but the boat has sailed as far as I'm concerned, I'm back to my 500 quilting safety pins.

I don't want to discourage others from trying it...( do read up on it in the forums etc to make up your own minds...plenty of happy results) but I did feel obligated to let you know of my experience.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:44:44 AM »
So it seems my Bernina (why am I using the Bernina when I love my Juki? read on.) doesn't like sewing through the glue baste.....dragged at my stitches, got stuck in some spots and generally made a nightmare of it. It took me a few minutes (equivalent to about a fr%##@@ mile of stitching) before I realised it was not going to improve. To make matters worse, I couldn't unpick the was stuck tight and mean. I've only had one choice besides binning the whole wretched quilt and that is to dunk it in a bath of warm water to dissolve the glue and then unpick the stitches as they loosen. And that's what I've spent the last hour and a half doing. I don't think the top has frayed too badly...I was as gentle as I could be with remains to be seen once the 3 pieces are dried whether it is at all salvageable and I can iron and re-baste (with pins this time). :'(

And to make matters even worse, I've damaged the Juki by lowering the needlebar whilst the ruler foot was still up. And you know how that happened????  I was fri@@#$%ing putting a sticker on the Juki just above the needle down button to remind me to not lower it whilst the foot is still up.........and I ##@@%&& bumped the wretched button whilst sticking the sticker on......BAM....broken machine.......won't be back from repair shop until well into January. :'( :'(

I'm feeling wretched, despondent and mightily fed up. :angry:

The Cafe / Re: Stumped!
« on: December 12, 2017, 06:15:18 AM »
That is a good site...shame as the postage to here would be  :'(

The Cafe / Re: Your favourite Christmas song/ carol?
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:54:20 AM »
and the slightly mad Bob Dylan "Must be Santa"!

That song features on the tellie at the moment in a Christmas advertisement over here across the sea...everyone is singing it  0_0

Whilst I am happy to hum along to most Christmas songs across the spectrum, my preference tends towards anything that showcases a beautifully controlled voice and delivery....will always stop me in my tracks no matter what I am doing.

The Cafe / Re: Stumped!
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:49:17 AM »
Crossword puzzle book....suduko perhaps? 
Does he like a particular soap or deoderant?
Cripes, he's a tricky one! -<

I just go out into the garage and ask him which new motorbike thingy I purchased for him for Christmas.....I get a sheepish grin as he points to the latest doohickey he's bought and he tells me how clever I am to know exactly what he wants!!! :)

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 10, 2017, 23:47:44 PM »
Thanks Pearl......good link 0_0
All is not lost Kenora! After a gentle wash in the detergent I usually use for my quilts the glue did indeed all come out, my fabric pieces drying nice and soft so I have happily gone ahead and basted my 70 x 60ish quilt. I did it in conjunction with the board basting method and I couldn't resist throwing a few pins in as well because I'm such a worrier! I am now waiting for my new ruler foot for the Juki to arrive before I can start quilting but as the glue has to be completely dry and we have a couple of stinking hot days coming up, I'm quite happy to wait for the foot. Still tossing up whether I should do the usual grid stitching that I do to stabilise my quilts before quilting.....not sure that it is needed with this one...hmmmmmm

The Cafe / Re: Something odd going on with the Nobel Peace Price and ICAN
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:54:13 AM »
Abolishing will just not happen. I can understand this oranisation is given attention, given the nasty biproducts of nuclear weapons. A bomb we can clean up after and rebuild, but there are large areas on earth forever ruined by radiation left after just the testing and development of them. Which ever way we turn there isn't any solution.

I watched a documentary about this the other evening and was stunned.......something I had never given any thought to or was aware that it was even a problem.  "Ignorance at the time" as an excuse can only go so far, it is shameful the way the environment, the communities and the servicemen involved have been treated.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 10, 2017, 01:26:24 AM »
Okay, I spoke too soon. I have just retrieved my little fabric pieces from the clothes line where they were drying and you can still feel some stiffness in the fabric afterall. Hmmmmm, so I've brought them in and am now washing them in a basin with the same detergent I would use to wash my completed quilts, perhaps just soaking in water "unsticks" the layers but doesn't wash the glue out. I probly was being a bit unrealistic to think that just water would do the trick.

If the detergent doesn't wash it out then "it's all gone to hell in a handbag" as my Nana used to say. I'll know by tonight.

The Cafe / Re: When your life is a flippin’ car crash ...
« on: December 09, 2017, 22:13:17 PM »
So do you have ED man charged with assault? What on earth would Muv say....or do....yikes!

Cheer up, 4 weeks will pass soon enough and you can catch up with SG and in the meantime, I'd do as suggested and leave a voicemail so he can get it the moment he is back "in range." And just think......with all your surplus party cups, why, you can use them at home and look forward to a whole year of not having to wash cups! See.....silver lining peeking through :)

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 09, 2017, 20:09:40 PM »
WooHoo! My practice sandwich, which was beautifully dry and stuck together is not a sandwich anymore! (quick note stick my sandwich I drizzled little zig zags of glue across the two pieces of fabric and smeared it out with a plastic spatula before sandwiching with batting).  I put that little sucker in a basin of tepid water and wooshed it about for a few seconds and the glue just dissolved right away....have got the 3 pieces now drying and will wait to see how the fabric and batting feels once it is dry but I am very impressed let me tell you!
Please note that this little experiment is enough confirmation for me to try Elmers White Washable School Glue to baste my next quilt but if anyone else is contemplating need to do your own tests, make sure you purchase the correct type of Elmers White Washable School Glue as there are several types and make up your own mind. I'm not swearing this is "the go", I am just simply reporting that I am happy to use it and to "run the risk" if I end up proving myself wrong.  0_0

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 09, 2017, 05:03:42 AM »
I haven't washed my practice sandwich yet....want to make sure it is good and dry first but I did wash the plastic scraper I used to smear it over my fabric. The glue was hard dried on the plastic but just washed away with a bit of warm water, no detergent or heavy rubbing needed. Now I know a plastic scraper is not the same as a fabric sandwich (duh!) but it does seem indicative of a happy ending. :)

The Cafe / Re: Something odd going on with the Nobel Peace Price and ICAN
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:59:59 AM »
I had no idea this organisation started here in Melbourne.... :|

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 08, 2017, 23:13:21 PM »
Reading on the other forums heaps of people use it.  I'm thinking....."Washable" as in......your kids have spilt it all over their clothes while doing craft but it can wash out when you launder the clothes??    I've made my test sandwich...going to leave it to dry and then wash it and see. I think you just have to be very careful which of the Elmers' you use.I shall report back my comrades!

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Elmers Washable School Glue
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:21:50 AM »
According to other quilting forums, they reckon the "washable" is wash out....other types of Elmers glue don't wash out but this one does?  Lordy, now I have the fear of the Gods in me........what do I believe?? Might just have to do a test sandwich and see.

The Cafe / Re: Reindeer or Christmas Tree ????
« on: December 08, 2017, 10:12:18 AM »
Christmas baubles hanging on a branch.....old fashioned and, red, green or blue.

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