Tool Review Tuesday: 505 Spray & Fix

Tool Review Tuesday!

It’s Tool Review Tuesday! This is where we choose a tool, do some rigorous product testing, and produce a review that gives you the nitty-gritty details needed before you add something to your cart.

Featured Tool: 505 Spray & Fix by JT Trading Company, Item # 20276

Connecting Threads Reviewer: Karen


What is this tool typically used for?

This is a temporary adhesive to hold fabric in place for quilting, applique, and embroidery.

How did you use it?

I used this to baste my quilt sandwich layers together.

How did using it go?

It went well. My quilt layers did not separate while quilting. It made the basting process so much easier than using pins.

How long did it take you to learn how to use it?

I had it figured out immediately after reading all the instructions on the can.

What did you like best? Least?

No pins! My one caveat is that it sometimes leaves a little residue on your machine after quilting.

Could you see another potential use for the tool?

Possibly holding a cutting mat in place to keep from slipping.

Why do you NEED it?

It’s a quick and easy alternative to pins.

Who would appreciate 505 Spray & Fix most?

It is perfect for:

  • Beginner, intermediate, and expert quilters
  • Embroiderers
  • Anyone acquiring the basics

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  1. Annabelle Hammer - November 9, 2016

    Do you have to use it outside like other basting starches? Or can you use it inside the sewing room? I am thinking of people with little kids and pets who may be affected if they breath it in. Pin basting a quilt is SO tedious and I would like other options. Thanks!

    • Hayley - November 9, 2016

      Hi Annabelle,

      The 505 Spray & Fix does not have to be used outside. You should have decent ventilation (you wouldn’t want to use this in an extremely confined space) and protect your surrounding surfaces from over-spray, but you can definitely use the 505 Spray & Fix inside. Hope this helps!

  2. FS - November 10, 2016

    Actually, I would not use this stuff indoors, no matter what the label says. It’s an adhesive and contains propellants, both of which can be harmful to breathe in. I have used adhesive sprays before and found them somewhat underwhelming in performance, stiff and sticky. Tedious and unpleasant to use. Why not try fusable batting? That stuff is great, you just iron it between the top and the backing and yay, no basting, pinning or glueing. It’s repositionable and handles just like regular batting. After quilting you just wash the item and it’s as soft and nice as any quilt!

    As a matter of fact, why don’t you CT guys review some fusable batting – you carry it!

    • Hayley - November 10, 2016

      Fusible batting is another great option and we’d love to feature it in one of our upcoming Tool Review Tuesdays. Thank you for suggesting it! When it comes to quilting and sewing tools, it frequently comes down to personal preference–which is why we try to provide a range reviews on the items we carry.

  3. Jacky - November 22, 2016

    I take FS’s point about ventilation as I’ve experienced respiratory issues in the past. There are many products that I wouldn’t use indoors but this is not one of them. It is odourless but I’ve used a lightweight mask and not had any of the sensation that I’ve experienced with other products.
    I don’t use it for the suggested uses above but rather to make competition dance dresses. It’s brilliant for bonding stretch lace onto lycra before overlocking the edges. It holds it together for a while but has dissipated by the end of the construction process and the dancers have no idea it was originally glued together!

  4. Deb - November 29, 2016

    I wear a mask when using it, usually when no one else is around. I spray it indoors and use a length of cardboard to control the over-spray when spraying along the edges. I move the cardboard as I go along.
    I really like 505’s staying power, but I do still put pins around the edges every 4 inches or so, because the edges are the most likely to loosen.