Pin Free. . .
How do you baste your quilts before quilting?
I hate basting my quilts with pins!
Straight pins stab you as you pin and as you quilt. Safety pins make my fingers raw. But if a quilt sandwich isn't basted properly the quilting looks awful.
A few years ago I read about basting spray. I searched and the only product I could find at the time was at my local big-chain-fabric-store. It was a little sticky but did the job of keeping things together.
I was so excited even if it meant I now had a lifetime supply of large curved safety pins. Not having raw fingers made it all worth it! I never tried another brand online because I never thought about needing the spray until I had to baste a quilt and I always need to baste them NOW!
But the reviews for 505 were so high and widely spread across the blogosphere that I decided to keep my eyes open. I finally found 505 in a booth at a vendors mall and proceeded to buy two cans. I AM NOW A BIG FAN OF 505! It sticks beautifully and doesn't gum up my sewing machine. My quilting mistakes are now my own and not because of a poor basting job. Yay!
Today I discovered something I thought I would share. ODIF, the company that makes 505 has a great little comparison on their website where you can look at all the spray products they make and decide which product will work for what you need. Great information! I had no idea there were so many different sprays for different jobs - permanent, temporary, fabric and paper. I can spray a paper pattern onto fabric - again no pins to poke me. It's beginning to sound like I'm not a big fan of being poked or of pins. Crazy!