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Thread: Paper Piecing Paper Question

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    Paper Piecing Paper Question

    Does anyone use plain printer paper for paper piecing? Never tried this and would like to. Thank you.

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    Yes, I have. I print block patterns and sew them just fine. just use a small stitch. when you tear your paper off, put a finger (thumb maybe) onto the seam and tear. moving your finger hold along as you tear. it helps stabilize.

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    newsprint paper works the best. I did block that has 76 pieces and the printer paper did not work well changed to newsprint or foundation paper and it worked fine.

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    i use the printer paper, but found that a pale blue color works better than the white. i have to say, though, that i use the fold-back method of paper piecing.
    Nancy in western NY

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    I've used lots of regular printer paper and it works okay. I also did two string quilts on newspaper and I thought it was actually harder to tear off because it tore easier but didn't tear cleanly along the stitching lines. I just bought two boxes of Gilbert Paper onionskin. It's really sturdy but tears off really easy. I did have to hand draw my blocks on the onionskin because it wouldn't go thru my printer. But that's not hard to do with a ruler and a fine point sharpie.

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    I did ONCE only in a small demo on paper piecing. Then I went to 25% rag vellum as it is easier on my needles and tears so well. Though medical exam table paper also works well, I don't have that source anymore.

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    For the quilt in my avatar, I used vellum paper. It went through the printer just fine and was easy to tear. Not particularly cheap, but it worked well.

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    That is the ONLY paper I use. . . 20 lb. bond that I get by the ream at Costco. It works fine for me as long as my stitch is tiny. Then I recycle all the pieces I tear off.

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    I was cleaning out my fabric, ongoing job, have two totes of scraps, I debated on bagging them up and giving away, then the thought came to me of the spiderweb quilt, it does not need to go through the printer, I do not think. Am going to try just doing one block and see what happens, hopefully tonight. Thanks for your thoughts on this, appreciate it.

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    I've used both copier paper (standard 20 lb) and Carol Doak's paper. Honestly, I liked the copier paper better. Maybe I shortened my stich length on the copier and not the other - can't say. But copier paper and short stitch length = no problems.

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