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    Painters tape and quilting techniques ???????

    How do you use painters tape in relation to quilting? I recently posted a topic on BREAD TABS. dlf0122quilting posted "They work great to keep the end of my blue painters tape from sticking to the roll. I use the painters tape for lots of different quilting techniques." Which got me to thinking...... HOW many different quilting things do YOU use it for?? I use it for marking on my rulers so I don't have to keep finding the same measurement, mark quilting lines (for hand quilting),mark the different pieces of my quilt blocks and mark my quilting tools when going to class or retreat. What do you do with it! (thanks dlf122quilting for original post)

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    I use the painters tape for marking for cross hatching when quilting. I use it when I embroidering; when the roll of stabilizer is a little short in the hoop I run painters tape down the side of stabilizer and then hoop it. This gives me more to hold onto when stretching it tight and then I can tape it to the side of the hoop to keep it tight when embroidering. I use it to keep my thumb tack in place when using my "makeshift, homemade" circular guide. It works great and then I put a pencil eraser on the tack to keep the fabric in place while sewing. Sometimes I mark my machine with the tape when I have a certain width of seam that I need to be on one side of the presser foot while sewing.
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    When I'm working on a small project that fits on my cutting table, I use it to tape down the back of the quilt before I lay the batting and top on. It doesn't damage my table and keeps the fabric tight so I can pin.

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    Is painter's tape better than masking tape? Just curious
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    I like painter's tape better because it comes off my rulers and machines a lot easier than masking tape which usually made a mess so quit using that. Painter tape is made to come off easy so it don't tear up a wall that one has just worked hard to paint to perfection.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Is painter's tape better than masking tape? Just curious
    A little bit better. Regular beige masking tape has more gum on it and can leave the gum behind on your fabric, wall, machine, etc. The painters tape won't leave any gum behind. I think it sticks longer too - especially in heat and humidity.

    I put tiny pieces on the bottom of my ruler to keep it from sliding around.

    I also roll up a little piece and stick it to the backside of a block and tack it to the wall to photograph or to use as a makeshift display wall (because my display wall always has something on it!).

    I use tiny pieces to mark pieces of fabric ... for example if I cut a bunch of equalateral triangles I want to know which side has the length of grain. After I cut a stack I'll stick a piece of tape on the side that has the length.

    I tack down paper to my cutting board to make tracings on my golden threads paper.
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    I use it to mark straight lines for quilting. It seems to come off cleaner than masking tape , and also seems to stick a bit better than masking tape.
    I also use it to hold long strip sets in place when I cut at an angle.

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    I roll painter's tape around my hand a few times to make a circle, gummy side out, then stick this on my sewing machine table as a thread catcher. I move any loose threads over there and touch them to the tape, where they stick easily. When the tape roll can't take any more threads, I just toss it and make another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt View Post
    How do you use painters tape in relation to quilting? I recently posted a topic on BREAD TABS. dlf0122quilting posted "They work great to keep the end of my blue painters tape from sticking to the roll. I use the painters tape for lots of different quilting techniques." Which got me to thinking...... HOW many different quilting things do YOU use it for?? I use it for marking on my rulers so I don't have to keep finding the same measurement, mark quilting lines (for hand quilting),mark the different pieces of my quilt blocks and mark my quilting tools when going to class or retreat. What do you do with it! (thanks dlf122quilting for original post)
    I use it to stabilize the bias edges of pieces. Place it just over a quarter inch from the seam you need to sew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I roll painter's tape around my hand a few times to make a circle, gummy side out, then stick this on my sewing machine table as a thread catcher. I move any loose threads over there and touch them to the tape, where they stick easily. When the tape roll can't take any more threads, I just toss it and make another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Is painter's tape better than masking tape? Just curious
    Absolutely--------------leaves no residue!
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    Also use it on my rulers as someone already mentioned. And I stretch it along the 1/4" line on my machine. And sometimes tack down the corners of my cutting board since it slides on my tile topped table.
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    I cut little tiny strips and use it to tape the end of the thread to the spool. Also do the same with bobbins. No tangling ends everywhere. I can't seem to remember to use the bottom snap thingy on those spools that come with them and I file off the "slit" in the spool so it doesn't catch the thread.

    I also use it to tape down the topper stabilizer when embroidering.

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    I do all of the below. Double sided scotch tape holds seams together when matching sashings.

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    I use painters tape for tapping down my pink magic slider for free motioning on my home machine. It self sticks pretty good but ever since I messed up and sewed my last one to the bottom of my quilt, I now tape my new one on just to be sure I don't do it again.
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    I like using painters tape because the blue is more easy to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    I roll painter's tape around my hand a few times to make a circle, gummy side out, then stick this on my sewing machine table as a thread catcher. I move any loose threads over there and touch them to the tape, where they stick easily. When the tape roll can't take any more threads, I just toss it and make another.
    Love this suggestion- I'm going to steal your idea if you don't mind!
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    It's a must when making a chenille quilt.......perfect stitching lines

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    I use it to mark smaller measurements on my 12.5" square when I'm squaring up, so I don't have to locate them each time. Works great when I have to fussy cut something and don't have the exact size ruler or square. I agree with everyone else, it has so many uses and comes off cleanly. I love the tip about using it as a thread catcher! Thanks for that one, especially!
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    You can use painter's tape on your design wall as your outline of your quilt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    Is painter's tape better than masking tape? Just curious
    I just found out the hard way how much better the blue tape is than masking tape. I have a project which I marked the directional areas with masking tape. Weeellllll, it has been sitting for, ummmmm, let's say over a year and I just decided to finish it. The areas with the masking tape - when I could finally remove it - are gummy and now I have to figure out how to get the gummy stuff off my fabric. Really bad move on my part. Won't do that again!

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    I use painter's tape for most of the above. I also use it to mark the 1/4" line all the way to the front of my machine. When sewing squares for HSTs I just line up the points on the painter's tape. Unless I'm making really big HSTs I don't have to mark the diagonal. Eliminates one step.
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    I cut it in small triangular shapes and use it to mark the cutting slots on my June Tailor Shape Cut ruler. The triangle makes a little pointer so I don't get confused which slot to use. This also works on other rulers to help locate the line. I use it sticky side up (similar to suggested above) as a thread catcher. I just fold under the edges and stick it to the table rather than rolling into a ball. BTW - I use the wide tape for this. That's what I usually buy. It can be cut down to various widths as needed by sticking it on my mat (following lines to keep it straight) and using an old rotary cutter blade.

    Lots of good suggestions here. BTW

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    Love all these ideas! But the one that caught my eye right away was putting a plastic bread closer tab on the end of a roll of tape so you can find it easily the next time. That was one of those "Why didn't I think of that before?" moments.

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    Yes the painters tape is better then the masking tape.

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