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Thread: freezer paper on back of block

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    Junior Member jessiesmom's Avatar
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    I put freezer paper on back of my honey bee block to stabilize it while I machine appliqued the wings and it worked great, except I had a hard time getting it off afterward. I didn't want to pull out the stitches so there are little bits stuck in them. Any suggestions??

    Mary

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    Super Member zyxquilts's Avatar
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    Well Mary, when I've been taking the paper off from paper pieced blocks, sometimes I spray it with water to soften it up. I have also resorted to tweezers too! LOL But if it's just tiny bits stuck in there, I have just left them in. They never seemed to hurt anything.

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    sue

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    carefully trace the stitching with the sharp end of a seam ripper - either right over the stitching or reeeeeeeeeeeelly close - to un-do the perforation from the stitches. then gently lift the freezer paper gently away from the stitching. just remember to trace - not gouge - so you don't disturb or accidently break the stitches. works every time. :-)

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    Junior Member jessiesmom's Avatar
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    Thanks Sue and Patrice for your help. My stitches were a loose zig zag, so it was difficult, I did cut some stitches. I spritzed with water, cut where I could with seam ripper, and used tweezers. It took me a couple of hours, but I did it.

    I couldn't do what you suggested Patrice because the zig zags were closed on the one side and straight stitches on the other. I will keep that in mind for the next time though.

    Using the freezer paper would have worked really good if I had done a satin stitch. Oh well every mistake is a learning situation.

    Thanks again, Mary

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    I used kids washable glue stick down the middle top hold in place before I stitched

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