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« on: June 07, 2009 08:04:49 PM »

I'm always looking for ideas to make things easier... but nothing has made sewing go more smoothly than spray adhesive.

I don't know how many times I have tried to serge spandex and had it slip around. Normally I would just hand sew to tack it, and rip it out later... Well how about this? Lay your project down on a newpaper right side up. Using scrap newpaper, cover everything except what would be serged, and spray with adhesive. It will look like this...



Now join the two faces together and proceed like normal except revel in the fact that you just saved a ton of time... The adhesive is hidden by the serge so it's not visible afterwards. No more mismatched seams, no more pulling and tugging trying to line everything up.



I also use this stuff for foldover elastic. I just shoot it, and place it then sew over it. Makes it tons easier... No more sewing one side first then the other. I was talking to a few people and they all have never used spray adhesive before. Now that I have, I can't imagine NOT using it.

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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2009 08:06:25 AM »

Yes, I agree. I've used it numerous times & it is a handy timesaver. It's real great for self quilting fabrics - no pinning!!!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2009 04:39:49 PM »

I love spray adhesive!!! In my brother's business we had to digitally print large patches of a design and sew them to a pop-up tent top. The stuff was so large and heavy, the pins weren't enough, not to mention they poked holes where you didn't want them, including your fingers; because it was so bulky, you lost sight of the pins. And the stuff still puckered up from the foot of the machine pushing the fabric. Finally, in desperation , I figured it out! Spray Adhesive! It saved my life, not to mention the project, and the order!   Now I use it for smaller, applique projects, where I'm not wanting something to move before I can get it sewn.
I even made a tarp for a little boat canopy last year, where I used it, because the tarp fabric was lined with a cotton canvas, and I didn't want the canvas drooping down when it was overhead.    You can do the same thing, sandwiching layers of batting together. I even used it to put my couch's foam cushion back together.(One day I was washing the slip-covers, and the dog bit little bite size chunks out of the edge of the foam cushion) That day the  spray adhesive was my best best friend... not the dog!
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2009 08:11:17 AM »

Another good friend of mine is washable glue stick. It is so handy to tack down small corners & stuff.
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« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2009 12:47:47 AM »

This is not a sewing thing, but I just have to tell it... once I had lot's of little gnats in the house, and decided they had to go. I put newspaper down, and started zapping them with spray adhesive! They had thier wings stuck together. Gives a new meaning to the phrase "Dropping like flies" LOL!
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« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2009 02:22:12 PM »

sounds good but i'm just wondering if the spray adhesive will get gunk on the needles when sewing?
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« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2009 03:14:09 PM »

I've had a lot of stuff get gunk on the needles. It's a pain, but you just have to keep a little cloth with solvent, or even nail polish remover handy. When the needle hole fills up, clear it with a pin. Some stuff is worse than others. One of the worst, I found was sticky-back velcro. I have found home machines to be more sensitive to sewing thru gunk than power machines for some reason. But it can be done. K
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« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2009 09:47:10 PM »

I don't have any problems with gunking anything up. I noticed tho, that just generic spray adhesive is very... gummy. I started using Dritz and it seems to come out dryer, but sticks far better. It's harder to reposition and a little more expensive.
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