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    hi
    im always creating and although iv purchased a glue gun in the past, i didnt particulary find it any easier than just using a general purpose glue... yet they still seem popular, can anybody tell me why ? what do you use yours for ? do you find it easier than just using a tube glue or a pva glue ?
    just wondered, as id love to find one reason to hang onto my glue gun ! im wondering if its because its a cheaper version of some glue guns. I also found with mine it didnt dry any quicker than normal glue methods.
    hope u can help
    diane
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  • #2
    I would never be without mine, using the hot melt gun and for just about anything I need glue for. Dries very quickly and I have found quicker than a lot of other glues. Ideal for fabric boxes, floral trims in fact anything. I do go through then quite quickly as tend to leave them on when I should not.

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    • #3
      I have one too and for certain things it fabulous. I used it tonight to make 12 thistle corsages for the dance show - it held the ribbon in place as well as glued the safety pin on. I glue the buttons onto the pegs for my magnetic pegs as it's a stronger hold even than the thick pva - and doesn't smell like other glues. And of course it's set within seconds and can then be packaged almost immediatly!

      Like lots of glues I find it's perfect for certain instances.
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      • #4
        I wouldn't be without mine - you can buy different glue sticks, some very rapid setting and some not so.

        I use mine for glueing pegs onto the back of my children's artwork hangers, for glueing rope to chalkboards and for making little baskets from rope to stick on my chalkboards. I've also used it for numerous other things (including burning my fingers on many an occasion!).

        I would definitely recommend anyone considering a new glue gun purchase to go to www.gluegunsdirect.com - the cheapest one one there is actually a much, much better glue gun than the ones you get in B&Q and Hobbycraft etc. I can only imagine how good the really expensive ones are!! They also send you a pack of sample glue sticks when you buy a glue gun - amazing choice, about 8 different kinds if I remember rightly.

        I also purchased a bulk pack of glue sticks from them, which worked out much cheaper than buying small packs of them
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        • #5
          I've just purchased my first! I'm going to give it a whirl tonight. Will be using it for attatching ribbon to hair bobbles, so I shall report back!x
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          • #6
            Ive had my glue gun for a few years, and only really used it once to stick some buttons on cards, maybe im just a clumsy person but i made a lot of mess! and never use it since.
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            • #7
              All the time when gluing wood onto another bit on the lathe for what we call a glue chuck even spinning at high speeds the glue from a glue gun holds tight, its fantastic.

              That reminds me we need to buy more sticks

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              • #8
                Yes, I LOVE my glue gun(s). I have a low melt gun to suede my dolls( this is applying some to the inside of joints so they pose better, and it doesn't burn the resin). I have a hot melt glue gun for quick sticking,( plus it's farly easy to pull apart if needed), and a cordless gun,( which I haven't used yet...because I'm saving it for 'best' LOL!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by wendy View Post
                  I wouldn't be without mine - you can buy different glue sticks, some very rapid setting and some not so.

                  I use mine for glueing pegs onto the back of my children's artwork hangers, for glueing rope to chalkboards and for making little baskets from rope to stick on my chalkboards. I've also used it for numerous other things (including burning my fingers on many an occasion!).

                  I would definitely recommend anyone considering a new glue gun purchase to go to www.gluegunsdirect.com - the cheapest one one there is actually a much, much better glue gun than the ones you get in B&Q and Hobbycraft etc. I can only imagine how good the really expensive ones are!! They also send you a pack of sample glue sticks when you buy a glue gun - amazing choice, about 8 different kinds if I remember rightly.

                  I also purchased a bulk pack of glue sticks from them, which worked out much cheaper than buying small packs of them
                  I looked at http://www.gluegunsdirect.com and I see they also have a "Glue Pot" with Low Melt glue sticks - anyone using this?
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                  • #10
                    I have a glue gun still in its original packaging. I asked OH for a heat gun, he got me glue gun and I didn't have the heart to say it wasn't what I was looking for - perhaps I should 'destash' it?
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                    • #11
                      I've never had much luck with mine. It's ok for fabric, but whenever I try shiny papers, plastics or card the glue seems too brittle when dry and things come apart. Mind you, I buy the really cheap glue sticks so mayby that's why.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jellyfishjelly View Post
                        I've never had much luck with mine. It's ok for fabric, but whenever I try shiny papers, plastics or card the glue seems too brittle when dry and things come apart. Mind you, I buy the really cheap glue sticks so mayby that's why.
                        Agreed though, there are some things they don't work well on....but they very useful for quick sticking.

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                        • #13
                          Have got a cheappy gun, don't even know the name, but wouldn't be without it. Only hassle with mine it does take a few minutes to heat up.

                          One thing I have found is that if you are having a problem with some stuff staying together, make sure the gun is up to temperature. The glue should be dripping out the end, then gently warm the bits you want to glue, put any glue gun onto a cool surface and you will lose a lot of the stick IME.
                          regards

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                          • #14
                            thanks so much everyone for your great advice ... will take a look into them now, as i was not so convinced in the past.
                            diane x
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