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Thread: Paper-piecing question

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    I use 1.5 stitch length using copy paper. I sew #1 to the right of the seam between 1 and 2 to secure to the paper, making sure there is 1/4" from the printed line. Then I sew #2 on the line. Don't fold over and iron just yet. I place a large recipe card on the printed side of the paper, right on the line. fold the paper over that card, use a 'add a quarter ruler' and trim both fabrics #1 and #2 to 1/4" seam. Remove card, fold paper over and iron to set. I do this for every seam. I don't set anything to '0' and always use 1.5 stitch length. The last piece I sew the fabric down just outside the line into the 1/4" outside seam, just to secure it for cutting. I cut out the block. Then I fold the paper back and forth once on each sewn seam. The paper pulls away very easily from the sewn lines.

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    Thank-you everyone for your answers. This has been very helpful for me and I sew appreciate it!!

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    I probably do more like NanaCsews2 than any other method. It also helps to pre-fold your paper on all the lines before you even start sewing .

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    I do as most above!! I do pin mine though

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    I am trying to finish a PP(my first & last) It has been very frustrating for me & not fun at all. The paper is tissue(kit)& the blocks did not finish out the right size. I'm sure it was all me but if I ever do another it won't be more than 4 block wall hanging-LOL

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    I do 1.6 and I do backstitch. I don't pin, I just use my lightbox to line up, I hold it between my fingers, place it under the machine and sew

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    Stitch set at 1.5 and I dont back stitch.

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    Interesting idea to stitch beside the paper and not on it. Will have to try it.

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    I sew thru the paper with a smaller stitch. One thing I am adamant about is trimming my seams to 1/4" after done sewing. Then I don't run into extra floppy fabric on the back that can get caught up in other seams. Never had a problem with bunching of fabric on the back using this method. Also, when I am ready to remove the paper, I mist the seam with water, let it soak in and then remove the paper. This way it doesn't pull on my seams and distort my block.
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    1. I use 1.5 stitch length.
    2. If the paper tears I use scotch tape. It is easy to sew over.
    3. I start all my stitching 2 or 3 stitches before and after the line. I've never had it come apart during construction.
    4. I only pin the first two pieces together.
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