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    Golden Threads Paper User Question

    A question for users of Golden Threads quilting paper -- is parchment paper (NOT freezer paper) a close substitute? I was baking with the parchment paper and thought it felt very similar, but I have not purchased any Golden Threads. Could it be a less expensive alternative?

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    I think they are quite different. The Golden Threads is very thin.

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    Are you familiar with the paper that regular patterns are made of...the patterns from McCalls, Simplicity, etc...The tissue like paper they are made of is very similar to the Golden Threads paper. I have only used it for two quilts and it was well worth the money.

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    In addition to being thinner, the Golden Threads paper is more see through. It will be easier to see where you are quilting using the Golden Threads paper. It goes a long way. A roll of Golden Threads paper is 20 yds (60 ft), the Parchment Paper I have is only 24 ft. It's not that much more when you take that into consideration. I don't care to mark directly on my quilts, so I find it is a worthy investment for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose S. View Post
    Are you familiar with the paper that regular patterns are made of...the patterns from McCalls, Simplicity, etc...The tissue like paper they are made of is very similar to the Golden Threads paper. I have only used it for two quilts and it was well worth the money.
    On the website tutorials, it looks more substantial than pattern paper. I have experimented with tissue paper, but it doesn't tear way easily - it pulled stitches and left little pieces. Sometimes you just have to go with the original!!!! Thanks for your input I'm going to order some now!

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    A good substitute if you can get it is examining table paper...same weight as the golden threads paper....white, can somewhat see through it. It tears away easily, but not too easily. I have a friend who's husband is a dentist and she lets us buy a roll at cost whenever we need one. Maybe you can ask your dentist if you can buy a roll...or your doctor....or order a case from Amazon and share with your friends .

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    I agree, I use Golden Threads paper for quilting and it is more like tissue paper, but a little stronger!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltngolfer View Post
    I think they are quite different. The Golden Threads is very thin.
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    A long time ago I bought this paper at an art supply store close to the university. It was called canary paper.>>
    The label says “Bienfang Hunt “ in lace w:st="on">Statesville, NC 28677lace>. no.107—canary paper for sketching & tracing. It was a 50 yard roll by 18”. It came in 12” and 18” rolls. More #’s on the roll: 341-136 and the bar code was 79946 03846. made in lace w:st="on">USAlace>.>>
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    I traced hundreds of names and numbers and sanded the backs for stenciling. >>

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    Sorry to be so unaware, but is this used for marking the quilting pattern and then pin, glue or lay on the quilt. And you sew thru the paper? Never heard of this item before. Thanks for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    Sorry to be so unaware, but is this used for marking the quilting pattern and then pin, glue or lay on the quilt. And you sew thru the paper? Never heard of this item before. Thanks for the info.
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    No need to apologize, especially when you are not unaware at all because that is exactly what Golden Threads paper is used for.

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    I am going to try it. I bought some tissue paper thinking that it would work great. Maybe it was just me, but I wasn't too impressed and found it hard to work with. Wonder what my doctor would think if I asked him for a piece of the chair paper? heheheheh! I think I will. hehehehe!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyl View Post
    Sorry to be so unaware, but is this used for marking the quilting pattern and then pin, glue or lay on the quilt. And you sew thru the paper? Never heard of this item before. Thanks for the info.
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    No need to apologize at all. I trace my design on it, then pin in place. It tears out very easily...sometimes I have tiny bits left in a stitch here and there, but they are usually easy to remove.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1piecemaker View Post
    I am going to try it. I bought some tissue paper thinking that it would work great. Maybe it was just me, but I wasn't too impressed and found it hard to work with. Wonder what my doctor would think if I asked him for a piece of the chair paper? heheheheh! I think I will. hehehehe!
    Oh, it isn't exactly like tissue paper...it isn't quite as strong. Just similar. Next time you have a chance, check out the paper Simplicity, McCalls, etc print their patterns on. Even if you aren't buying one you can open it up and look at it. Golden Threads is closer to that paper than anything I can think of. Maybe a tad bit stronger than it, but not by much.

    Also, after while I think I will try an actual piece of wrapping tissue paper and see what I think of it....

    I can't imagine using the paper from dr.'s office either...but hearing people talk makes me want to try it just to compare. The Golden Threads paper would be hard to beat. It tears out so easily.

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    I have this paper....I like regular ole typing paper just as well and its alot cheaper!

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    Thanks to all for information about this paper. I have two rolls that I forgot I bought - will give it a try.

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    No, parchment would not be a substitute. Golden threads is more like tissue paper than parchment. I sue it to put a quilt design on, and then sew through it over the quilt, and then I can tear it off. Parchment would not be so easy to see through and tear off.

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    I've used the Golden Threads paper with much satisfaction. I trace the design, then I use that little device from Keepsake Quilting that stamps little circles of glue to hold it in place. Love it! I have found too, that a little spray of water from a spritzing bottle helps to remove the paper easier. I don't use it on all my projects, just when I feel like doing more involved quilting.
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    Years ago I discovered how to make a sturdy pattern paper that is very easy and inexpensive. Take two pieces of cheap white tissue...dollar store is a good resource.... in the center put some white plastic, like the kind of tall kitchen trash bags, cut open to a single layer. You can also use dry-cleaner bags but if there is writing it will show. Anyway fuse the tissue-plastic-tissue sandwich with a hot iron. Now it is translucent, very sturdy and can be used over and over as a sewing pattern. This works well for crafting also. I would fuse maps, music, old book pages or even delicate tissues to white tissue for lampshades boxes and etc. Also I use this to make book cloth, the sandwich is tissue, plastic, fabric and you can have any patterned cloth you want for bookbinding with out paying for the plain old dull stuff they sell at book binding sites. Book cloth is excellent for covering old cardboard boxes as the glue, no matter how heavily applied will seep through'
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    could you use artist's transfer paper? it is very thin and see through.

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    I buy newsprint in the 8 1/2 x 11 size so that it can go through my printer...I hate to trace designs....it tears off cleanly...the plave I usually get it seems to be out of the 500 sheets packages, but they do have the 800 sheet packs on hand if you're ambitious LOL...you will use them up!!
    http://www.dickblick.com/products/bl...kTracking=true
    and this place has the 500 packs
    http://www.ssww.com/item/newsprint-p...-ruled-EC5851/
    some office depot stores sell it also.

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    Artstuff.net has 50% off with an additional 10% with a code found on the site. This is transparent to see through several sheets. Also comes on rolls of 20 yards or 50 yards, in several widths.

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    Another of the beauties of Golden Thread paper is that you can make copies of your design. Simply draw your design on one piece, cut out up to 10-15 pieces the same size, stack them up with your design on top. Using a #16 needle and no thread in your machine, free motion stitch around your design through all of the sheets of paper. Pull them apart and you have up to 15 copies of your design to place on your quilt. This works best on the simpler designs, especially feathers, as you can go nuts trying to decide which dots to follow. I also like to use it on borders. You don't have to use math to get the pattern to match length of your border. I just do strips of pattern and place them on the border, then look at how much space I have left and cut up my paper strips to stretch out the design. Easy.

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    These papers are not the same. Silver threads is see through and very thin.

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    These papers are not the same. Silver threads is see through and very thin. Another good substitute is tracing paper from the dollars store. I've used it successfully for paper piecing. Have not tried for machine quilting yet.

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    Oh and the tracing paper went through our printer as well. I did have to trim it a bit. But for $1.25 for 50 sheets I thought it was well worth the effort.

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