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Thread: HELP! Is there any easier way to remove the paper after paper piecing?????

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    I have a project for my job that is a lot of paper piecing and I absolutely hate removing the paper off of the back after it is done. I had to assemble the top and then remove paper BUT it is in the seams and everywhere.....does anyone have an easier way? Please say you do....

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    I fold it over and then run my finger nail down the fold, then it tears off slick as a whistle. I hold it along one seamline with one hand and tear with the other. I work down longer seams, holding and tearing.
    Holding it along the seam line helps you from stretching out bias edges, even though they are sewn, they can still pucker or bubble up :wink: Or from putting undue stress on the stiches, especially at the beginning and ending of the seam lines.
    It doesn't work as well on some of the thinner paper, which is why I only use copy paper.
    Also, you need to have your stitch length set for really short stitches.
    I have tried dampening the paper as some suggested, but it left more bits in the seams when it got wet and didn't tear for me... it just came apart :roll:

    Hope this helps you :D:D:D

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    Also... if it is teeny tiny bits, and it doesn't show from the front? You could most likely get away with leaving them in there. Unless you are using a white or very light fabric that may show these bits if they would start coming loose :D:D:D

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    thanks but I have foundation paper and it isn't easy to get all of the little spaces.

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    find someone else to do it for you? Tweezers work well...and lots of patience.

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    Thanks. I wondered about this myself. I am making a Robot quilt for my daughter's school room, and am having fun with it. Unfortunately, I was too involved with the appliqueing of the many shaped Robots and forgot to remove the paper backing before sewing it to the quilt top!! I've now removed half of each Robot's sewing, and am hunting a long pair of tweezers, which I'm sure I had a few weeks ago.
    I guess it means another trip to JoAnn's today. And I'll probably find a lot of other stuff that "may come in handy one of these days" and spend far more than I had intended when walking in the door.

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    you have to love those "I have to run to get this from the store" trips. always end up with a bit of fabric coming home with me.

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    Without a doubt, paper piecing with freezer paper grants no little pieces of paper left behind.

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    I always use small tweezer's to remove those little pieces that just don't want to come out. It works the best for me!!
    :D :D :D :D

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    If you're having a hard time tearing it off, you can spritz it with some water in a spray bottle!
    I now always fold my PP patterns on all the lines before I sew on them - not only helps with fabric placement, but makes it a bit easier to tear off too.

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