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Thread: OK, Nobody know what kind of Paper to use???

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    Ok does anyone actually Know what Paper to use???

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    Do you mean for paper piecing? I've used regular copier paper and I've used the thin sandwich wrapper paper you can get from Smart N Final (or any restaurant supply I suppose). The sandwich paper comes in 12"X12" sheets, so it works good if your block is bigger than 8-1/2".
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    I've heard of using freezer paper for paper piecing, but I don't think it matters what kind of paper you use.

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    freezer paper is used, but only for hand sewing like in grandma's flower garden pattern. For paper piecing, just plain old paper, computer paper, photo copy paper, typing paper, i even use graph paper when im not able to get to a photo copier, and newspaper, well, i would think that would make ink run all over your hands and fabric, yikes :)

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    Hi, I buy foudation paper made especially by Carol Doak for pp. I use freezer paper for applique and I purchase precut shapes to do English paper pcing. Marge

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    i assume carol doak's paper is a fine product, but it's quite expensive. 8.5 cents per sheet.

    i bought children's doodle pads (made from blank newsprint) to see how they'd work. they're great for paper piecing and are only a hair more than 4 cents a sheet after sales tax.

    i just found a website that sells rolls of newsprint and bundles of blanks sheets. 2,400 sheets, 15" x 20" for under $25, plus shipping (to my zip code, just under $24, total, just under $58 ). rolls, 12" x 1,695' are under $12, plus shipping. so cost per sheet is around 2 cents. that bundle would probably last me the rest of my life.

    http://www.packagingsupplies.com/Newsprint.html

    regular paper (normally 20lb) will work, too, but is a bit harder to tear away. if you're shopping for something, look for paper that is 15lbs or less and it will work just fine. look in office supply catalogs. a lot of the pinfed computer paper is lightweight. one pack or case will last for ages. i've been working out of a case i bought years ago.

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    I like printing my foundations from the computer so I had been using regular copier paper. I found it was stiff and I didn't like the punching noise that the needle made as it went through it.

    I have since been using pads of tracing paper I bought at my local dollar store. 9X12 sheets , 40 sheets for a dollar. I also use HILROY plain writing tablet (ID#35700) 8X10 sheets, 100 for about 2.50. The thinner paper runs through the printer fine and I can bend it much easier and it has a much more pleasing piercing sound!!

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    I agree with mic-pa. Sometimes it worth the extra money. I used typewriter paper and then switch to Carol Doak's paper. I am having a tough time getting out the type paper but the Carol Doak paper is so much easier to pull out. So to me, it is worth the money, seeing that I have 30 paper pieced blocks to pull out.

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    I use tracing paper because it's inexpensive and works well for me. I also don't mind too much if a little bit of paper lives for all of eternity wedged between a few stubborn stitches! Lol* As long as it doesn't make a crinkly crunch sound when I cuddle up with my quilt, I'm good!

    I use computer paper occasionally, but I perforate the lines before sewing. That is key for getting the heavier paper to rip off well. Just take the thread out of your machine, and stitch along the lines of your pattern. I'm pretty lazy though, so, when I can avoid having to do extra work I do - so the tracing paper works for me. Then I don't have to perforate ahead of time, the small stitches are usually enough to loosen it up well, so that when I'm ready to rip it comes right off.

    I haven't tried the more expensive Carol Doak paper, is it water soluable? For my purpose's, it's not really necessary, but I can see how on some projects that would be a real advantage. Just have to decide what's right for you, your budget, and what you're making. :)

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    I've never tried paper piecing, but would parchment paper work? It's about the same weight and 'texture' as tracing paper, is 15" wide and comes in 24 foot rolls.

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    does the paper dull your needles? i'm thinking about trying pp for my next quilt (when i get the first done!) but worry about going through needles. . .

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    nor'easter & ADKer - I think parchment would work fine! I might even have to try that, to save myself a few bucks! :)

    I haven't really noticed much difference in how fast I go through my needles when paper piecing. I use inexpensive universals, and I generally change the needle for each project...unless say I made something really small. But between large projects I'll switch. If yo'ure really concerned about though, say you use really nice expensive needles, there is a quilter who's method might help you. Her name is Judy Mathieson, she was just recently on Simply Quilts, and even has a web site, she uses freezer paper. She does everything the same, exept she folds the paper back on the drawn seam line, and sews right next to it, so she never has to sew through the paper at all, (or rip it for that matter, and I believe that's the reason she started doing it that way).

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    I use copy paper and also newsprint. I purchased the newsprint from my local newspaper. It was pretty inexpensive, but each newspaper charges different prices for the roll ends.
    I can run it through my printer or cut it larger and hand trace bigger blocks without having to piece the paper together too. I also use it for other projects besides quilting.

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    I usually use newspaper unprinted. But I got lucky at a yard sale and found two case of typewriter paper and the lady sold it to me for a quarter a case. It is very light maybe even lighter the newspaper. I think anypaper that is thin and light will work. The heavier the paper the harder to tear out. And I also heard about freezer paper but have not tried it yet.

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    i have tracing paper so i'll try that. infact, i might try it out on a few blocks for the quilt i'm working on now (i'm having a hell of a time getting squares to line up the way I want).

    i don't think my needles are anything fancy--what ever came with the machine! (first machine, first project with it).

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    Tracing paper will work great! :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt_mommy_2001
    nor'easter & ADKer - I think parchment would work fine! I might even have to try that, to save myself a few bucks! :)

    I haven't really noticed much difference in how fast I go through my needles when paper piecing. I use inexpensive universals, and I generally change the needle for each project...unless say I made something really small. But between large projects I'll switch. If yo'ure really concerned about though, say you use really nice expensive needles, there is a quilter who's method might help you. Her name is Judy Mathieson, she was just recently on Simply Quilts, and even has a web site, she uses freezer paper. She does everything the same, exept she folds the paper back on the drawn seam line, and sews right next to it, so she never has to sew through the paper at all, (or rip it for that matter, and I believe that's the reason she started doing it that way).
    Great, the first thing I had to do after reading this was go to google Judy Mathieson. Great way to PP. Never heard of it before. Here is site with the direcitons. Good instruction with lots of good pictures. I will post this in links also. Good one. Thanks for the info :!:

    http://www.zianet.com/breynold/nf/nf22nm.html

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    DonnaRae - hey, thanks for your site too! I bookmarked it...I thought that was a pretty nifty trick, isn't it? If you get time, you'll have to check out this quilt she made, Bristol Stars, I LOVE IT!!! Some day, when I have more space and less child-interference lol*, I would love to attmpt to make something like it.

    http://www.members.aol.com/QuiltsbyJudy2/Bristol.html

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    OMG, that quilt is amazing. And look at the awards she has won with it. I wonder if she will ever sale it. Not that I would ever have the money to buy it. Just thinking of how much it would sale for. It is absolutely amazing! Just to be able to do something like that. Oh the dreams :? Thanks for all the leads quilting mommy!

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    I have had a lot of success using Papers For Foundation Piecing that is put out by That Patchwork Place. It comes in a pacakge of 100 sheets, and I paid around $9.00 for it. The printer prints perfectly on it, you can iron over it and the ink doesn't smudge and the paper doesn't wrinkle up, and it folds easily. The computer or typewriter paper works o.k, but it can be hard to remove.
    Carol Doak's paper is also very good. And if anyone has any questions about paper piecing you should go to her website. She has a ton of information, free patterns, and a store where she sells the supplies. She also has an excellent DVD to learn how to paper piece. Her website is www.caroldoak.com.

    Grace

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    The typwriting paper I have is very very thin. You can see through it. I don't know where it came from but it tears off very very easy. It is nothing like computer paper. I have two cases of it. That should last me a very very long time. If this paper is out there somewhere cheap I highly recommend it. It reminds me of the PP patterns you get already on the paper. That thin but with no marks!

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