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Thread: Paper-piecing questions

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    Super Member lisalovesquilting's Avatar
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    I have a couple of questions for PPer's. What kinds of paper have you had the most success with? Do you have suggestions for making paper removal easier. :?:

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    I have used plain photocopy paper, the Carol Doak paper and the June Tailor nonwoven foundation sheets. All of them go through a printer easily, but the Carol Doak paper didn't photocopy (too light) and I haven't tried to photocopy the June Tailor.

    As for paper removal, I try to remove the paper in the opposite order that I sewed the fabric on. Carefully fold the paper on the stitching line before tearing. And I don't start at the stitching end, but somewhere in the middle of the seam. I've read that some people pre-sew the stitching lines with an emply needle before sewing the fabric on to make removal easier, and someone suggested lightly spraying the paper with water to make removal easier.

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    I use mainly copy paper. I would not use water, it will just make the paper harder to remove.
    You should shorten your stitch length when PP, it helps stabilize the stitches while tearing the paper away and it also makes tearing easier. I fold the paper and then put my hand on the main part and tear the pieces off with my thumb and index finger. I do not have any trouble tearing it and have very few pieces that stick in the seams on a whole quilt top. I will remove the little pieces in the seamlines, at the intersections, as I sew the rows together, leaving the rest intact until the whole top is done. It is easier to get those little buggers out at that time then when they are all stitched in :D:D:D

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    I've used several types and prefer Carol Doaks paper which I've found in the LQS and online at half price.

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    I just use regular copy paper , and shorten my stitch length and that seems to make the paper really easy to remove

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    Thank you so much. It's great to be able to ask other quilters who have done it before. :-)

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    i use translucent paper and shorten the stitch length.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kluedesigns
    i use translucent paper and shorten the stitch length.
    Does being able to see thru the paper help?

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    i feel that it does - i would always choose to see what i'm sewing instead of sewing blind though.

    the paper is called Neenah Paper UV/Ultra II Translucent 17 weight in Radiant White.

    here's a website that sell's it to quilters but if you buy it thru a paper place its much cheaper.

    $36 for 500 sheets compared to $10 for 100 sheets

    http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/sto...3&Item_ID=1087

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    Thanks, Klue

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