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Steam a Seam vs. Glue

What are the pros & cons of these two different methods of adhering fabric to a collage quilt foundation?  Here's what I think...

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19 March, 2020


I am making a French Rose quilt. The flower petals need to fray so I think I will use glue. My question is, has anyone washed their quilt and does the glue was out and leave the quilt softer?

22 August, 2018

Sue Polansky

I do a lot of fabric collage and use both steam a seam and Roxann’s Glue Baste it. The glue is a lot easier to use,and the needle applicator is great to get to all the edges, but I don’t think it has the same holding power. I have more confidence in steam a seam for a permanent hold. I stitch over all the edges, but the glued ones seem to pop up more and have more fraying.

30 January, 2018


Does the Arlene’s glue get old? How can you tell? I have a bottle and it’s really sluggish

15 January, 2018


Thank you for your videos. They are very helpful — especially for a beginner like me. I have not started yet, but hope to, with the map collage.

13 January, 2018


Thank you for the information. I just wanted to say I have used plain Elmer’s glue stick and a product called Roxanne Glue-Baste-It since I use them to temporarily hold the fabrics until I quilt. They both work well and hold for a while if I’m not ready to quilt. In fact I have one that’s been waiting for at least 4 months and it’s in real good shape still. I use those because I don’t really like the stiffness of the Steam A Seam although I use it sometimes for Thank you again for all you do to help us!

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