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Quilters’ favorite basting spray: Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive

by Paul Leger

Good morning, I’m happy you came back for more great Odif product demonstrations.

For some of you, yesterday’s post was a reinforcement of your prior knowledge, while for others it was a new introduction to Odif 606 Iron on Adhesive and Odif DK5 Glue Remover.

Today, I’ll introduce (or reintroduce for some of you), Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive spray (505 for short) and Odif AntiStatic Anti-static electricity spray.

Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive and Odif AntiStatic spray

Odif 505 is a product I’ve been using for years. Over those years, I’ve learned a few things about how to make the best use of it.

The first thing I learned was always to use 505 when it comes to basting sprays. I’ve tried others and they were awful. I remember one, in particular, was so bad everything was sticking to everything else and not in a good basting way. I’m not one to throw things away when they still have some useful life in them, but I did in this case! It went directly into the recycling bin. All I can say is 505 is the only basting spray you should use.

Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive basting spray

The first step when using 505 to baste, is to secure the quilt’s backing fabric.

TIP Normally, I tape the backing fabric to the floor.

Second, I place the batting onto the backing fabric before applying the 505.

Third, after the batting is in place, I roll half of it down, spray the backing fabric and carefully place the batting onto the backing, ensuring there are no bumps or wrinkles.

SafetyNote: Remember, with all spray products, only use them in a well-ventilated space.

Fold batting half way down backing

A mistake many 505 users make is to spray very slowly too close to the fabric. Find a medium speed with which to apply the basting spray and spray from a distance of approximately 12”.

From a distance of about 12″, spray 505 on the backing fabric

After the first half of the batting has been spray-basted, I repeat the process on the second half. With the batting secured to the backing, I’ll repeat the process for the quilt top by applying the 505 on its wrong side.

From a distance of about 12″, spray 505 on the backing fabric

Spray 505 on the back of quilt top then fold onto the batting.

Corners—don’t cut them! Often when applying the 505 basting spray, somehow the corners get missed. When we notice the missed corners, we try to fix it by giving only a quick spray 2”-3” over the missed area. Doing that will only result in a glob of glue messing up your work.

It’s important to spray the missed corners evenly from 12” away to prevent such a mess. Don’t worry about spraying beyond the area you need to cover, Odif DK5 Glue Remover will help you remove the excess.

Now, the winter applique quilt is basted and ready to be quilted.

Frosty is basted and ready to be quilted.

Another great use for Odif 505 is it can also be used for machine embroidery. Hoop the stabilizer only, apply a thin layer of 505 to the stabilizer, then apply the fabric on top of the stabilizer. You do not need to hoop the fabric. You’re ready to let your machine do its thing!

Odif 505 spray is available in two sizes:

  • a nice, economical 156g (5.6 oz)
  • a larger 312g (12.4 oz) size

Odif 505 two sizes: larger 312g (12.4 oz) and economical 156g (5.6 oz)

Note: I asked the Odif company about the care instructions on the 505 label. The directions should read that fabrics treated with 505 may be either machine washed or dry cleaned. The 505 new product labels will be changed to reflect this care statement.

Odif AntiStatic Spray

When I first saw Odif AntiStatic spray, I wondered why quilters would want to add it to their tool collection. Then, it occurred to me some quilters use poly/cotton or polyester battings, while others use synthetic fabrics in the quilts. I’ve yet to find an anti-static spray created with quilts in mind, AntiStatic is that product.

Both polyester batting and synthetic fabrics could interact and generate static electricity. When this happens, a good anti-static electricity spray is suggested. Years ago, when I first heard of anti-static sprays, I thought you sprayed the fabric item with them without concern for distance, but that’s not the whole story. Yes, you spray the items, but do so from a distance of approximately 8” for best results.

A small spritz will go a long way to get rid of the static electricity on your quilts and other items that may be subject to static electricity.

Odif AntiStatic and Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive sprays

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Odif 505 Temporary Fabric Adhesive and Odif AntiStatic I have showcased today.

Tomorrow I’ll introduce you to the benefits of Odif Fabric Protect and Odif OdiCoat Gel Coating. Come back to see what these products can do.

This is part 4 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 3: Easy-to-apply Odif 606 Iron-on Adhesive replaces double-sided interfacing

Go to part 5: Why, when and how to use Odif OdiCoat and Fabric Protect on your quilts



Paula Derry August 31, 2020 - 10:15 am

Does 505 work well with polyester batting?

Paul Leger
Paul Leger September 1, 2020 - 8:14 pm

I’ve use it with low loft polyester without any issues. I have not tried it with a lofty polyester batting.

Bonnie Chalmers April 27, 2020 - 1:51 pm

My spray came out very stringy and stuck more to my hand than anywhere else. Product is a number of years old. Is there an expiry date or was it stored too cold? Please reply


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