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Thread: Machine quilting product? paper pattern?

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    Machine quilting product? paper pattern?

    I'm dreaming of a product I could use to print images on from my inkjet printer, iron to the quilt and free motion quilt on that will easily tear off. Something like a light weight freezer paper.

    I just did this with regular freezer paper, and it was a nightmare to tear off.

    Is there a product out there that I'm missing?

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    I bought a roll of the Golden Thread paper for doing designs on. I haven't tried it yet and you have to pin it in place but it is made for machine stitching through. There are pre-printed design sheets but I still think they have to be pinned? I have used the Glad Press & seal for doing one off designs but if the design is intense, you have to pick out some of it too. Some people use ordinary tissue paper in a stack. You mark the top piece and use an unthreaded machine needle to perforate all the sheets on the design. You can then pin on the tissue design to stitch through. I will check back on this thread because maybe someone knows of a new method?

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    You can attach sheets of tissue to printer paper with tiny bits of glue stick along the top edge. Make sure when you load your printer that you have the tissue side oriented correctly for your printer so that the tissue will get printed, not the carrier paper. Remove the tissue from the carrier paper and pin or glue it to your quilt top with washable school glue.

    Or, they make sheets of iron-on inkjet paper that's water soluble. A little expensive for FMQ, but whatever helps you learn is worth it. I just bought some from amazon, but a lot of stores carry it. I would cut away the excess before I laundered the finish quilt - just to keep the wash-water less "starchy" and not have the quilt come out of the laundry "crispy."

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    I just finished a quilt using Golden Threads paper. It's easier to get started because I only had to draw the block 3 times, then I stacked 8 pcs together, sewed thru without thread to make a "follow the dots" pattern for each block. It took me a few hours to pick the little bits of paper out when finished. I don't know if they make it to go thru the printer, I had a roll of it. The other method I like is to draw my design on Sulky Solvy. It's clear, like the Glad wrap, but when you are done, you peel off the large bits and the smaller stuff dissolves in the wash. Both methods were very similar but the Sulky took more time to prep and the Golden Threads took more time at the end. I can see advantages to both and will likely make my decision per quilt on which method I use. For both methods, I used a Crayola washable marker for my marks.

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    the easiest would be regular realllllly cheap copy paper...it is brittle and tears away well... it's the only thing i use for paper piecing for that reason...

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    What about parchment paper? Haven't tried it, but seems like a good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynsue View Post
    What about parchment paper? Haven't tried it, but seems like a good idea.
    sorry, parchment paper has way too high a rag content...it would not come off easily... you want the really cheap stuff....

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    I used quilt basting spray to attached golden threads paper to a quilt recently then stitched the design onto the quilt. Basting spray washed away just fine aferwards.

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    paulswalia-- i'm so glad you tried that! i had the same idea and now i'm glad to know it works! i think goldenthreads has a paper with adhesive strips on the back. does anyone know of a store that sells their products, or are they only on-line?
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulswalia View Post
    I used quilt basting spray to attached golden threads paper to a quilt recently then stitched the design onto the quilt. Basting spray washed away just fine aferwards.
    What a good idea! You never know what really great things you will learn from this board.

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    I use the golden threads paper, it's wonderful and i guess you could spray baste it to regular copy paper to send it thru the printer but as you stitch thru the ink it gets embedded into the thread and i don't how well it will wash out, some of my quilt marking pencils don't wash out like that so i would try it on something that's not real important first.

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    I thought I saw in my internet searches that there a water soluble paper, that you just washed off when you finish sewing - will see if i can find the link

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    Thanks for all your responses. I really like the idea of ironing on the freezer paper. Spray basting is a real process around here as it flares up my asthma. My dear husband does all my spray basting in the basement for me. Inkjet ink should rinse out unless you have hit it with an iron. As for pinning on golden threads paper, the first thing that usually happens is that it tears where the pins are and then I have the design crooked. Thanks again, and maybe I'll try to invent something!

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    There is also a disappearing paper out there that you can print on and instead of tearing off it is water soluable. I use it primarily for paper piecing.

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