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Thread: Paper Piecing Paper HELP

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    My sister and I just started paper piecing and we are looking for the cheapest paper we can get that still works, any ideas? We're having a hard time paying for 100 sheets of it for over $10.00. They said you could use a cheap 18lb. typing paper but we can't find it.
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    I just use regular copy paper. No problems so far.

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    I just use cheap copy machine paper. The cheapest I can find, I stocked up this last summer at Target, they had reams of copy paper for $2.50.

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    I'm off to Target thank you so much..........................

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    I also use normal copy paper (and I definitely didn't use the copier at work to make the copies....:shock: ). I've used vellum for a few projects, which I found on paper.com or something like that for a lot cheaper then quilt websites.

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    Just remember to make your stitch length a little shorter when you sew on the paper. That way the paper gets nicely perforated and it is easier to remove later.

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    I buy Roselle Hands On Scribble Pad. It's looks off white so I guess it's a some kind of newsprint but it prints fine in my inkjet printer and tears away great from the fabric. I buy it at Staples and comes three pads to a package, 100 pages to pad for about $6. It has to say Scribble not Drawing on it. There are two different pads. It's in the kids section. The other drawing paper doesn't tear as easily. All I have to do is cut 1/2" off the width for the paper to fit my printer. It's long so I can get more patterns per page.

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    Here are the links to two different techniques that use freezer paper instead of copy paper.

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2007/04/...per-piece.html

    I use it when I don't have ink on my printer.

    Maria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Here are the links to two different techniques that use freezer paper instead of copy paper.

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2007/04/...per-piece.html

    I use it when I don't have ink on my printer.

    Maria
    In both of those Freezer paper ones, they don't sew through the paper. They are sewing next to the paper. I've never done PP, but I always thought you sewed through the paper. I would like to try it though.

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    3 hole notebook paper. it is lighter than copy paper and much cheaper 150 sheets for a buck at most dollar stores. tears off like a dream. i buy 10 packs at a time. use 1.8 on your stitch guide.

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    I just use the regular photocopy paper also and it works like a charm for me - but I agree, smaller stitches may it must easier...

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    I use regular copy paper, the cheaper, the better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    Here are the links to two different techniques that use freezer paper instead of copy paper.

    http://www.twiddletails.com/store/in...age=page&id=21

    http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2007/04/...per-piece.html

    I use it when I don't have ink on my printer.

    Maria
    I've used this method suggested by Maride and it's great! The best part is NO tearing out bits of paper when you finish. I highly recommend giving it a try.

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    I've been sewing all day and I just checked the board and I'm shocked to see how many different responses I got and I loved them all, I will check them all out and Im so happy to see that you can use different and much less expensive paper.

    Thank You to all that answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richbrote
    3 hole notebook paper. it is lighter than copy paper and much cheaper 150 sheets for a buck at most dollar stores. tears off like a dream. i buy 10 packs at a time. use 1.8 on your stitch guide.
    I never thought of that! I'm going to try that next time

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    I loved that idea too about the 3 hole paper, going to try that too from the Dollar Store......................More shopping for me.

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    I use examination table paper. You can get a roll-which lasts forever-at any medical supply store or online. It's thicker than tissue paper but easy to see through. It comes off very easily. I got the kind that has a crepe (?) paper finish so it doesn't slide around. Very easy to trace patterns on but you can't put it through your printer or copier so making lots and lots of copies would be a problem. I'm terrible at pp so only make 4 or 5 blocks at a time and then get frustrated. Good luck!

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    I use regular three hole paper too, its not given me a problem and I am a beginner. But word of warning, always make sure of size. I got the smaller size and it wouldn't go thru my printer right, thank goodness I didn't buy a bunch of it. Make sure its 8 1/2x11. Unless of course it doesn't bother your printer. Mine must be a little sensitive. It would be ok one page at a time but wouldn't print a bunch of them.

    Hope this helps some of you, I wait till I can get it on sale and get a lot of it.

    Rita

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    I usually use regular printer paper because that's all I can find at the time. If it's really stubborn to remove, I dampen the seamline with a little water on a cotton swab - it weakens the paper just enough to remove without leaving the bitty bits in the seam.


    EllenB

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    I use the same paper I use in my printer, and it works great.

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    I use sandwich wrap for multiples of a design......I put the original design on top of a stack of sandwich wrap...........take the thread out of the machine and then stitch over all the lines of the design. Then you can pull off a sheet a time from the bottom of the stack. If necessary mark the numbers on the sheet to help with the order of stitching............

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    I have read that you can even use newspaper, altho I haven't done it.
    I have just used computer paper, typing paper; most anything, and it worked well.
    Martha Tompkins
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    I have often used pages from an old telephone book. they are nice and thin and easy to tear away. You can print in a colour other than black for the pattern lines.

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    I love paper piecing!! I went to the dollar store and bought their copy/printer paper. It is a thinner quality....works great for paper piecing!

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    paper piecing is almost impossible for me(have rhumatoid arthritis) as I have only the use of my fore-finger & thumb on left hand....so I use used dryer sheets that I have ironed onto the shiny side of freezer paper that has been cut to run thru my printer...put the pattern in the printer & scan...you don't have to remove your printed pattern & that makes a good foundation for the blk.

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