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Thread: Glad Press-n-Seal for FMQ, and another related question

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    Glad Press-n-Seal for FMQ, and another related question

    There is such COOL stuff being used in the quilting world! I just found this via a Pinterest pin; it's such a great idea!

    Using Glad Press-n-Seal for Free Motion Quilting

    My next question is this: with any of these (paper) piecing/sewing methods, I am envisioning a MESS under my stitching of (paper) that I simply won't be able to get out without a) ripping my stitching or b) at the very least pulling/stretching my stitching. With a 12 SPI spacing, it would seem an ugly process to rid a quilt of anything that is used to guide the stitches.

    What am I missing? Is there another step or tool that I need to easily remove the residual paper/plastic mess?

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    fmq you just let your imagination guide you, you can also mark out what you want it is really fun just play with it

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    Hi newbee-
    I've never FMQ'd before, and I know I need to practice, practice, practice...
    I saw this as an alternative to marking...which I'm not entirely comfortable with doing yet- especially on the face of a quilt...I'm sure I'll get over it at some point...
    Oh, and I'm a little OCD...if I'm going to be doing this for the first time on a "real live quilt" (after practicing), I didn't wanna muck it up, so having a pattern to go by would keep me from zigging when I should have zagged...

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    I've heard that it is difficult to remove the Glad. As far as I can tell, the Golden Threads paper is the easiest to remove, and at least any tiny bits of paper you miss would dissolve in the washing machine.

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    I found the glad press and seal a real pain to get out from under my stitches. (I used some to when I did some hand quilting, so my stitches weren't exactly tiny) also I used a red sharpie to mark my quilting lines and my thread actually took on some of the colour so now it is pink
    As for paper piecing use the cheapest paper you can find and use a slightly smaller stitch than normal, and tear carefully, it should all come out. If there are tiny pieces left they would wash out when you first wash the quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    also I used a red sharpie to mark my quilting lines and my thread actually took on some of the colour so now it is pink
    If it makes you feel better, I used a red sharpie to mark lines on interfacing, and after sewing them all, I now have a nice red line across the bed of my sewing machine

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    skittl- try a Mr Clean Magic Eraser on that...I bet it comes off.

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    I tried the cling wrap and was disappointed how it shifted. I prefer tissue paper with one pin in it for shapes and just FM the rest.

    Teeler, the Magic Eraser didn't remove the yellow chalk from a marked quilt - another disappointment.

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    I need to use the magic eraser on my machine beds. Lots of colors that don't bleed onto each other, does on the machine beds. I haven't done PP yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woody View Post
    I found the glad press and seal a real pain to get out from under my stitches. (I used some to when I did some hand quilting, so my stitches weren't exactly tiny) also I used a red sharpie to mark my quilting lines and my thread actually took on some of the colour so now it is pink
    As for paper piecing use the cheapest paper you can find and use a slightly smaller stitch than normal, and tear carefully, it should all come out. If there are tiny pieces left they would wash out when you first wash the quilt.
    I can ditto both of the results that Woody had ... stained thread and a real pain in the butt to remove the press-and-seal. I can tell you I won't be doing that anymore. Yes ... it WAS much easier to place and quilt on than golden threads but the problems removing it coupled with the fact that I can really only use it with very dark thread ... I won't be doing that again.
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    When using P&S you should only use very open quilting. Also do not use it on a hite quilt or real light colored quilt for that matter . I draw the design on the P&S with a Sharpie, let it dry overnight then place another layer on the dried piece. Helps eliminate little black dots. Ive used it for several years, but only on very open quilting.

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    Also, make sure that you use the regular press and seal, not the freezer type which is even harder to remove. As snipforfun said, a dense design is not a good choice for this technique.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    If it makes you feel better, I used a red sharpie to mark lines on interfacing, and after sewing them all, I now have a nice red line across the bed of my sewing machine
    this happened to me as well, but i'd used black
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    ive heard people using the telephone pages. rips easily and the price is right.

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    Sulky has a couple of products that you quilt thru and it washes away after. Sulky Solvy I have used. It is clear, but doesn't cling like the press & seal. I've used the Sulky Solvy several times and like it.

    I just bought Sulky Fabric Solvy, which is on the same idea, but is supposed to be clingy like the press & seal, is opaque and comes on sheets you run thru the printer. It also washes away after. I haven't tried it yet. I am hoping it doesn't gum up the needle. It was a bit pricey, so I may only use it for special situations.

    Golden Threads is a cheaper alternative to the Sulky products. I like it and use it sometimes. It's great if you have many blocks to duplicate. You draw the design on one, stack the papers up and "sew" without thread to mark the other pages. Then you pin them to the blocks and follow the dotted line.

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    I liked the idea of using freezer paper. You cut out shapes, iron it on your quilt top and quilt around the shapes. You can lift the shapes up and use them over and over. This wouldn't work for all designs, but you could meander from shape to shape and not have to tear paper out of your stitches.

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    We all have had such different results from products, good thing we keep trying new ones. I have used the Glad press and seal and found it to be great for designs that don't have a lot of detail, otherwise... it's annoying picking out those little teensy pieces of plastic. I have used dollar store tissue & find it tolerable & okay on the pocket book. BUT.... I have to say I have recently used the Gold Paper for a couple things & it is far superior & I will continue to use it. Hope you find something that you really enjoy using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltngolfer View Post
    I liked the idea of using freezer paper. You cut out shapes, iron it on your quilt top and quilt around the shapes. You can lift the shapes up and use them over and over. This wouldn't work for all designs, but you could meander from shape to shape and not have to tear paper out of your stitches.
    Yes, I've used this too for simple shapes, but if you want lines on the interior of your flower.... not so easy!

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    I have used tissue paper and golden threads paper to quilt over and both were easy to take out. Newsprint should work too because it is soft. I have not used Press and Seal because I read controversial reports on it but I can imagine that it would be more difficult to remove. On the paper removal, I keep a pair of tweezers for the stubborn bits.
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    I had red-ish stains on the bed of my Bernina after a church sewing project. My friend Anne did some research and found suggestions for using Williams Lectric Shave Lotion. Hubby had some and I tried it. My machine is sparkling white again and smells good too! One word of caution--try a bit on a cotton ball in a small area first, then after cleaning the whole area, rinse with a water-dampened cotton ball. Also, be careful not to get any liquid in the works.
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    Personally I will tell you my experience with using press and seal for another use and it was not positive. We had just installed a granite kitchen counter and the tile setter was coming the next day to set the back splash. Having never worked with him before I didn't know how careful he would be so I covered the counter with a 4" strip of the press and seal all along the counter, butted up to where he would be tiling. I was so proud of myself for coming up with such an ingenious idea! I thought "wow, this press and seal stuff is pretty cool and can be used in a lot of ways" I left it on about 24 hours, and then attempted to remove it. "Attempted" is the operative word! I had a heck of a time getting it all off. I finally managed, BUT it left a sticky residue that literally took me days to remove from the entire length of the counter! I will be very cautious about how I use it now. And it's just me but I would Never use it on my fabric knowing how it reacted to sticking to granite!

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    Thank you, everyone for your experiences and insights. While it seemed like a good idea at first, with all of this feedback, I think I'll opt for a different product. Off to find Gold Threads

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    I like stencil designs for my quilting and am concerned about marking on my quilt top with many products-I want to avoid the horror stories some of you have had. I have used all kinds of paper to draw the designs with pencil which I know will disappear with washing the quilt. I have used rolls of paper I have gotten at the medical supply store. It is used on examining tables.It is very easy to remove from around stitches. I have also used tracing paper that comes on a large roll at the office supply store. It is less expensive than the golden paper at the quilt store. I also draw off one design and then stitch, with no thread, eight to ten copies of the design. Sometimes, choice is dependent on whether you are more concerned about your time or treasure.

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    My biggest concern would be the fact that a permanent marker was used. If any residue is left, you have a black permanent mark on your quilt. Not sure I would go for that. Why not use a stencil and mark with a wash away marker or use a wash away or tear away that is designed for easy removal?
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