Recently I was asked to try Lapel Stick on my quilting projects and review it on the blog. Since I don’t do applique or do any crafty things where glue sticks are normally involved, I was at a loss as to how I would try this product that would be a fair trial.
As I was getting ready to do the machine stitching on the Note to Self quilt, it dawned on me that I might could use the Lapel Stick to hold down the binding and not have to use a zillion pins. If you’ve watched my binding video, you know that I place pins the binding about every 1/2″. I use those little sharp pins and my left arm looks like I’ve been through the blackberry vines where the pins have pricked me. Placing these pins in the quilt and removing them results in at least 6 or 8 pins in the carpet.
Once the binding was sewn onto the front side of the quilt, I rubbed the glue stick along the seam allowance of the binding on the wrong side of the quilt. It doesn’t show in the photo . . which means the glue stick is completely clear.
Once the glue was applied, I flipped the folded edge of the binding over, barely covering the stitching line, kinda mashed it in place to set it with the glue and moved on down the line folding the binding over. I did use a pin every 3 or 4 inches just to help secure the binding and keep it from snagging on something and coming undone.
Worked like a charm and the whole process took about half as long as it usually takes . . and because I was using less pins, I only dropped one!
The Lapel Stick folks sent me a couple of extra sticks so leave a comment and your name will go into the drawing to win one of two Lapel Sticks.