glue = pins
I can't say that I ever would have imagined myself writing a post saying that I've given up pins in favor of glue stick. And I suppose I'm not really saying that. But there's this:
Glue stick works for English paper piecing!
A swipe of glue stick holds the paper to the fabric while you cut and baste. In fact, it feels a whole lot more secure than when I pin the template in place! And because washable glue stick isn't especially permanent (sometimes it hardly holds paper when I use it!), the paper hexagons come right out. I'm really still quite new to using a glue stick (I was introduced to this method by Haley who learned it from Diane), so I can only speak to my brief experience so far. But I like it enough to continue using it for now.
My one complaint is that the papers ended up with a glue residue when they came out, and I'm unsure how well they'll hold up to repeated use. Also, If what you're making isn't going to be washed...will you end up seeing glue on the fabric over time? I don't know, but this point, the glue seems to stay on the paper with nothing left on the fabric.
I do know that you can get glue sticks that are made specifically for this purpose. I might need to get one of those. There's still much to learn and explore about this, but can I say how much I love that a regular children's art supply can be so handy?
By Mollie Johanson at Tuesday, February 11, 2014