Do you have problems with your sewing machine needles getting gummed up from the basting spray? If so, what do you do to remedy the situation? The salesperson at my sewing machine dealer told me about a spray to apply to the needle before sewing but they were out of it. I don't remember the name of it but if anyone uses it, does it work well?
I've only had trouble with one brand gumming up my needle, but I can't remember what brand it was. I've been using Dritz brand lately and haven't experienced any problems. I let it thoroughly dry before sewing, seems to only take a minute or two. It's mostly odorless so DH (who is asthmatic) doesn't seem to be effected by it. But I only use the basting spray on small projects, since the large ones get loaded on the midarm frame.
I have used basting spray on lots of my quilts and never had a problem with the needle gumming up. I usually use the June Taylor brand from JoAnn's.
If this is a small project quilt you're talking about using the spray on, have you considered using the fusible batting instead of basting spray? I use a basting spray when doing embroidery and it can gum up the needle. Anxious to see what others are using. Hugs, Ramona
The brand I used is June Tailor from JoAnn's. Also, it was dry by the time I started quilting -- I basted a few days before I got around to quilting. Also, the project is a table runner, so it is small. I will try to find out the name of the spray the salesperson said she uses on the needle. Maybe that will help. I'd like to use up the remaining basting spray in the can before I decide if I want to continue with sprays and try a different brand.
Ramona.... good suggestion. I never thought of trying the fusible batting.
I have always used the 505 brand and have had lots of success with it.
I don't use basting spray in general, because I don't have a good place to spray it without worrying about overspray. For small projects like tablerunners, etc., I like to use fusible batting. It makes small projects just that much quicker to complete!
I have tried the fusible batting and don't like it at all. I found it to be very thin and stiff. It would work ok for table runners I guess but I sure wouldn't want it in my quilt. I have used the basting spray on king size quilts without a problem.
Nana, I did use the fusible for a wall hanging and it worked at well for that and I feel it would work great for a table runner or small projects. As for putting it in a quilt for my bed, you're right, I wouldn't use it for that either. Hugs,
I was using the joann quilters spray but it is now further to drive there. SO I went to ACMoore and there is also fine. No gumming up as long as you let it dry a bit before you quilt.
sheri, you don't have to coat the entire surface, i just do a light spray over the top and not all areas are covered completely. gini
gini in north idaho
I've had problems with the basting spray doing this too. I keep a small spritzer bottle of alcohol near my machine and when I feel the needle "tugging" I pull the needle out, spritz it and wipe the needle on a scrap. It also keeps the lint in the bobbin area from picking up the basting spray stickiness and gumming that up too.
Jennsquilts, I have used the alcohol to clean off the needle, too. My sewing machine dealer mentioned there is a spray to coat the needle before sewing through the basting spray. They were out of it but I am planning to try it out when they get some in. I will post the info when I find out more.
I just did a quick search on Google (basting spray gums needle) and of course all the spray manufacturers say their product doesn't gum up the needle. I think I had some problems the one time I used it but I don't remember it being too bad.
There are many other people discussing this same topic online and some mentioned cleaning their needles periodically with alcohol when quilting a quilt that was basted with a spray. One Bernina owner mentioned putting just a drop of machine oil on a paper towel or cloth & rubbing that on the needle before starting. I can't find a product to put on the needle, though - will have to try playing around with search terms.
Ok, so after playing with my search terms, I found more people recommending rubbing alcohol (wipes or a bit on a cloth/paper towel) as well as silicone spray rubbed on with a cotton swab. Then, I found references to a specific silicone product called Sewer's Aid - here is a link to one site which sells it:
I hope this helps!