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    Help.

    I just used freezer paper on my quilt to free motion a desire. As I'm taking it off some of my stitches are coming up. Does anyone know if I can leave it on and it will come off in the wash?
    Thank you for your help.

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    I'm not sure about freezer paper. Make sure you are pulling it apart, not pulling it up. Hopefully someone who has used it will be along shortly!

    When I've used golden threads and regular typing paper I've been able to weaken it with a little water first, but I'm not sure it will work with freezer paper.

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    I would run my fingernail along the paper right against the stitching line a few times and see if that helps. Also do not pull up on the paper but pull from one side while holding the other side with your hand. The freezer paper would probably dissolve out in the wash. The only caution I would say is, if the quilt is primarily dark colours, you will have a lot of lint to remove?

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    OOH, If you've stitched thru it, freezer paper is really hard to remove. I don't think it's going to wash out because it has a plastic film on one side which won't disolve in water. However, water should soften the paper portion. I would try really getting it wet, then carefully removing it using a fingernail against the stitches to support them.
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    I use freezer paper for paper piecing all the time. You have to pull it apart rather that pulling up against the stitching. It is easy to tear, but you need to support the stitching. I like to use it since it is so light weight and I think it tears easy. I also like the way you can iron the pieces down and they stick to the plastic backing. I don't think it will dissolve in the wash since it has a plastic backing.
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    I guess you now know freezer paper is not the best if you want to remove the paper!

    In future use golden threads paper or copy paper for this type of work.

    I would run a chop stick or something similar along the sewn line and gently pull from the sides to seperate the pieces. Freezer paper has that waxy plastic coating on it so this will be a matter for patience to tend to.

    take your time and walk away for a while if you have to.

    Don't feel bad about this. It is all on the learning curve

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    I would never use freezer paper for paper piecing or free motion quilting. Typing paper is bad enough.

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    I've never used freezer paper before and good to know not too. Thanks

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    You can use your awl or seam ripper's point to run along the edge of your stitching to crease/score the paper and make a line that will make it easier to pull apart....sort of like you'd tear paper against the sharp edge of the counter or table. I've done this before, though it's been years.
    It's easier to remove when you use a very short stitch.....but who wants those very close together stitches in your quilting?

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    Thank you all for your suggestions. I finally did get everything off. Took a little while. After I washed it the paper became soft and did make it a little easier to remove. But I will never do it again.

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