Frustrated using freezer paper to stitch a feather design, NEED HELP!

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by , 04-26-2013 at 11:42 PM (1663 Views)
Okay, I have watched the videos read all about free motion quilting. I practiced and practiced a lot more..I traced my design onto the freezer paper then pinned the paper to my practice fabric. I did a pretty descent job, but it was sooo hard getting all the paper out from under the stitching, in some cases I actually lifted some of the thread, now it's poking up funny. What am I doing wrong, I tried so hard to delicately remove the paper.
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  1. citruscountyquilter's Avatar
    Freezer paper to me is a little stiff for use as a FMQ pattern. I have used tissue paper and parchment paper (that you use for baking). I like the parchment paper best as it is a little sturdier than tissue paper yet pulls away easily. You can also see through it nicely to trace your design. I work in sections of the width of the parchment paper square. I like to use a FriXion pen to trace my design then if any happens to get on the thread as I'm quilting it will wash right out or disappear with a hot iron. I get my FriXion pens at an office supply store as they are cheaper than if purchased at a quilt shop. I also find that by tracing the design on the parchment paper it helps me get the motion of the design and makes it easier to get in the zone of the motion when I take it to the machine. I also use a larger needle in my machine so that the holes made in the paper are larger which makes it easier to pull the paper away. Holding onto the stitched area while pulling on the paper when removing helps too. Tweezers help in getting into some of the tight spots removing the paper. Run your finger nail over any stitches that pull up and they can usually be massaged back into place. Hope this helps.
  2. colleenk's Avatar
    I'm very new at this but on reading an article recently the quilter suggested using a strong tissue type paper and she used her vacuum cleaner to suck all the paper off afterwards. Seems to me to be a good use of the vac instead of usual housework lol
  3. debbiemarie's Avatar
    Thanks for the idea, I think I will try the tissue paper idea, do you think if I loosen the tension a bit it will help release the paper?
  4. debbiemarie's Avatar
    I tried tracing onto the parchment paper, but the pen would wipe right off. So I tried some tissue paper that I had and it tore to bits while I was trying to stitch, and it was just as hard to to remove the paper from under the stitching. Do you think I have the tension too tight? I am getting so frustrated!!
  5. khuxford's Avatar
    Golden threads paper is the best, IMO. They suggest needle punching your design onto the paper then use pounce to transfer the pattern thru the holes from the needle punch. But I just trace with a fine sharpie pen onto the golden threads paper then pin the paper onto where I am doing free motion. It is not cheap but it is super easy to remove.
  6. khuxford's Avatar
    Forgot to mention when using freezer paper, the trick is to use like 15-18 stitches per inch and that makes it easier to remove. The Carol Doak foundation piecing paper is a better option than freezer paper but Golden Threads is still the thinnest and easiest to remove
  7. debbiemarie's Avatar
    I tried the tissue paper I had from Costco, it shredded while I was trying to FMQ, and was still hard to get out of the crannies.
  8. ELP's Avatar
    I make my pattern on freezer paper or printer paper, make copies, & tape them together for the length I need. Then I transfer the design to Golden Threads paper using a large unthreaded machine needle and a long stitch length. Usually I staple the pattern to the Golden Threads paper before I stitch it with the machine. Hope this helps.

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