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    Question Paper piecing question

    I did some paper piecing a long time ago but I don't remember...
    I want to do a small paper-pieced teacup for my secret santa pal at the office. I found a pattern but want to know if I can use regular old white copy paper for sewing on or if I should use something thinner. The pattern is for a 4" finished block. Any thoughts about this?
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    I use plain ole copy paper all the time.
    Be sure to remember to set your stitches closer together so they will tear away from the paper easier.
    Also, be sure to "run" your stitches past the edges so they don't unravel when you tear the paper.
    There's still a whole section for just paper piecing hints that you can look at and review....go to the "Main" then to the bottom of the page...you'll see a line that says "user defined topics"...click on this and you'll see a whole new menu of choices to look at too.
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    I only use copy paper, and don't have any problems with it at all. Just remember to set your stitch length smaller so removing the paper is easier
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    Same here....I just am finished a large quilt, doing paperpiecing on most blocks and ONLY used copy paper.
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    I know lots of people who use copy paper. I think one person creases along the seam after sewing to further weaken the paper.

    Cheers, K

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonwork42029 View Post
    I use plain ole copy paper all the time.
    Be sure to remember to set your stitches closer together so they will tear away from the paper easier.
    Also, be sure to "run" your stitches past the edges so they don't unravel when you tear the paper.
    There's still a whole section for just paper piecing hints that you can look at and review....go to the "Main" then to the bottom of the page...you'll see a line that says "user defined topics"...click on this and you'll see a whole new menu of choices to look at too.
    Thanks...I remembered there was a whole section somewhere about paper piecing but wasn't sure how to find it! I have been poking around there and have found lots of great info!!
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    I usually just use copy paper, but recently I found several tablets of typing paper which is really thin. I've just been tearing it off the tablet and running it through the printer and it works great and a lot easier to check your placement thru the thinner paper.
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    Use the thin copy paper. The easier you can see the pattern the better. A special paper piecing paper is also sold. I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and not a bad price. I think there are 100 sheets. They are also so much easier to tear off in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole View Post
    I know lots of people who use copy paper. I think one person creases along the seam after sewing to further weaken the paper.

    Cheers, K
    I always crease along the seam. I also run the back of my seam ripper along the sewing line. Both make it easier to get the paper off. I also use tweezers to get any tiny bits of paper out that were left along the seam line. I think it makes it easier.

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    Use the thin copy paper. The easier you can see the pattern the better. A special paper piecing paper is also sold. I got mine at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon and not a bad price. I think there are 100 sheets. They are also so much easier to tear off in the end.

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