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    I tried something new.. ugh.. what now?

    I have read about using tissue paper for quilting. You mark on the tissue paper and then quilt. Then the tissue paper just rips away. Some of the articles also said using 505 spray to help hold the tissue paper in place

    well I tried...ugh! I spent hours picking the pieces of tissue paper, well trying to. I did read articles where they said not to worry the bits would wash out. Well mine didn't and I have an unexpected issue. I don't even know what this is. Is it the tissue paper? is it the 505 spray? I don't know but I need to know how to get it off my quilt.

    Any ideas?

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    Do you have one of those sticky lint rollers? It might work...
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    How about trying masking tape? I have a roll of tape about 2" wide. Try wrapping around your hand, sticky side up, of course, and rub it over the fabric. Maybe it will work.

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    Not sure where you read about tissue paper and spraying it with 505. I know you posted a while back about golden threads paper which is very different from tissue paper like you use to wrap clothing in gifts. Anyway, what has happened here looks like my fears and concerns I warned you about in that topic came to be.

    In addition it looks like you may have another issue going on. If I were to take a wild guess, I am thinking this may be remnants of adhesive from the 505 and possibly even some bearding from the backing. Thinking the 505 may have soaked through your top fabric when gluing the tissue paper and when the process of tearing the paper away may have brought some of those batting fibers up to the top of the quilt. It's also possible that if you used regular tissue paper, which tends to have fine little paper fibers in it, this is just more remnants of it.

    If it is rubbing away when you work at it, then I would go buy some shelf lining paper, the kind that has adhesive on it (Walmart has it in the housewares or hardware area) and you peel a backing away to stick to the shelf. Cut a small piece to test! Peel and stick the shelf paper to one of the fuzzy spots, rub it a bit with your hands and then peel it up right away. If it works do it with bigger pieces. It goes much faster than using masking tape and has much more stick to it than sticky tape rollers. You can usually do several peel and sticks, peel up and stick somewhere else before it is covered with little fibers and lint and won't pick up anything anymore. But please test a small area first because if this is batting bearding my solution will only make it worse.

    Edited to add is this a t-shirt quilt? If so the nature of the fine rib knit of t-shirt material may also be coming into play here.
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    Thank you for your thoughts. I guess I will try some tape.

    feline fanatic: I will have to look at it again to see about your bearding thoughts. I don't believe I have ever experienced a bearding problem - at least not like this. (one time I had balls of batting in the dryer after I washed a quilt)

    yes it is a tshirt quilt, but they were interfaced. its not happening on every shirt. Just a couple of the shirts - but a couple spots on those 2.

    As far as using the 505 spray, I ordered some tear away quilting designs that said to do that in the instructions. (tear away quilting elementz) this video shows these instructions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcSgXLz0p_w
    in the comments the lady says you can do this before or after the quilt layers are together. But I did also use tissue paper because other articles discussed using that

    I guess live and learn. I will do the best that I can with this one now

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    I would get the worst off with a sticky lint roller. For the pilling, I might try a sweater depiller.

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    I have no ideas, but lots of sympathy for your troubles. We have all been ensnared by trying a new technique that didn't quite turn out as expected. Best wishes as you experiment with possible solutions. Keep us posted on your progress.

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    You can use press and seal plastic wrap and it won’t do that. It will stick to something to trace your design and then stick to the fabric but leaves no residue. And they all are a pain to pick out the little pieces when your done!

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    Use a spray bottle and spray water on it to see if you can get the paper and glue mess to dissolve. You may just have to ignore it until the quilt is done and you can wash it.
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    Maybe try a small piece of Gorilla tape or Duct tape in an inconspicuous area. I would think it strong enough to remove it but don't know how the fabric would handle it.

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    I would say the wash water probably wasn't hot enough to dissolve the paper and adhesive. You want hot to dissolve all that. If you can find a silicone bristle brush it will remove bits if no adhesive is left. I use the one called Rubba Scrubba and it's the best for removing all kinds of fuzz and thread from my quilts. It removes the threads after I use the seam ripper in seconds. One of my better purchases. I had two but my DD used one on her black coat and the brush went right in her coat pocket. She said no more buying lint rollers!
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    tissue paper like bathroom tissue paper? not! tissue paper like presents are boxed with. it tears easily. I really have no idea what that is. Is that the bottom of the quilt? the roller for cat hair would help. i have one of those advertised on t.v. that wipe across and then you stick it back into the holder and it comes out clean again. love that thing! Good luck!
    happening on a couple of shirts? hmmm, where they rubbery ones?. that cannot be ironed on? if so you can't sew through them either. just around. again. Good luck.
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    Oh dear. That’s exactly why I’ve been afraid of doing that
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    After you get most of the linty stuff off with the shelf liner or whatever you use, and the quilt is still sticky.....what does everyone think about fingernail polish remover or alcohol to lift the sticky part (505)? Along with some hand rubbing and Dawn dish soap. (Hot water would probably be best to remove the 505).

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    Try Golden Threads Paper instead of tissue paper. It won't leave pieces behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    I would say the wash water probably wasn't hot enough to dissolve the paper and adhesive. You want hot to dissolve all that. If you can find a silicone bristle brush it will remove bits if no adhesive is left. I use the one called Rubba Scrubba and it's the best for removing all kinds of fuzz and thread from my quilts. It removes the threads after I use the seam ripper in seconds. One of my better purchases. I had two but my DD used one on her black coat and the brush went right in her coat pocket. She said no more buying lint rollers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaOry View Post
    Is it the one by fly lady with the handle?
    Yes. When I bought them it was buy one get one free when they were put on the website. Amazon has this brand too.
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    thanks everyone for your thoughts. I did wash in cold water so maybe hot water would help.... right now I am over it I am taking a break. Maybe in a couple of days I will revisit I will check out that rubba scrubba too

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    I know 505 is temporary stick adhesive, but is it water soluble? I would never use adhesive on fabric that was not water soluble.

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    I use parchment paper from the dollar store to quilt through. It comes in a roll 25 x 1 foot. It is stronger than tissue paper which can vary greatly, some of the tissue paper has a plastic coating which makes it hard to tear off and it falls apart more than the parchment paper.

    I don't use spray, I put in a couple of safety pins here and there.

    It does take time to mark the paper and then tear it off, and the torn paper likes to go everywhere. However, I have vision issues and it makes it much easier for me to get the results I want and so I do it.

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    It looks to me as though the washer did not have enough room to agitate enough to dissolve and remove the paper completely. I would either wash it again, or take it to a laundromat (larger machines) to see if that takes it all off? I sometomes see those kind of spots when DH leaves tissues in his pockets. A quick rewash usually solves the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nativetexan View Post
    tissue paper like bathroom tissue paper? not! tissue paper like presents are boxed with. it tears easily. I really have no idea what that is. Is that the bottom of the quilt? the roller for cat hair would help. i have one of those advertised on t.v. that wipe across and then you stick it back into the holder and it comes out clean again. love that thing! Good luck!
    happening on a couple of shirts? hmmm, where they rubbery ones?. that cannot be ironed on? if so you can't sew through them either. just around. again. Good luck.
    When I need to sew across or very near the rubbery designs on t-shirts, I tear narrow strips of waxed paper. I lay these over the rubbery stuff for my machine foot to slide on, trying to only sew next to the waxed paper so I don't have to rip it off later. It works great and makes fast work of sewing those sticky stuff shirts.
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    505 does wash out. at least the can says so. it gets softer for certain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Citigirl12020 View Post
    You can use press and seal plastic wrap and it won’t do that. It will stick to something to trace your design and then stick to the fabric but leaves no residue. And they all are a pain to pick out the little pieces when your done!
    I had a disaster with Press N' Seal--the thread pulled the marker design through the Press N' Seal and into the fabric/thread--I managed to pick out the Press N' Seal (which was a big challenge) and then had to get the marker out and start over. I would never use it again--just picking it out was almost impossible.

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    I think it's the adhesive in the 505 that is sticking to your t-shirts--the knit is not as "slick" and even a surface as quilting cotton and it probably stuck better there.
    I just used tissue paper to cover some crocheted doilies on a wall hanging so I didn't catch my hopping foot--I use taped and pin it down and it worked great. Don't think I would have used an adhesive.

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