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Thread: Paper Piecing Paper???

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    I've just started paper piecing. I took a class, love it and am hooked!!! It allows this impatient quilter to make some blocks I wouldn't usually attempt with regular piecing. It does seem to waste material though... :(

    The question is...I used tracing paper, which I like because I can see through it. Does anyone know where I can get it cheaper than an office store (I went to Staples), and not bound into a pad? Its hard to rip it out, it wasn't 8 1/2 X11 so I had to trim it, and it has some of the sticky stuff left on top..makes it a little tough in the printer. HELP!!!!

    I know I'll get a lot of suggestions from you all...Thanks in advance :D :D

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    I just use a light weight, cheapy printer paper from Walmart or the Office Depot.
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    You can use sandwich wrapper paper. I get mine at Smart-n-Final, if you have one of those near you. It comes in 12" sq & 18" sq (I think).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mommaB
    I've just started paper piecing. I took a class, love it and am hooked!!! It allows this impatient quilter to make some blocks I wouldn't usually attempt with regular piecing. It does seem to waste material though... :(

    The question is...I used tracing paper, which I like because I can see through it. Does anyone know where I can get it cheaper than an office store (I went to Staples), and not bound into a pad? Its hard to rip it out, it wasn't 8 1/2 X11 so I had to trim it, and it has some of the sticky stuff left on top..makes it a little tough in the printer. HELP!!!!

    I know I'll get a lot of suggestions from you all...Thanks in advance :D :D
    I do not use paper, instead muslin or white cotton. That way I do not have to pick out the paper bits. I usually wash foundation material and then spray it with sizing to make it stiff.

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    I got some called June Taylor that says it is: transparent for easy fabric positioning, non-woven for clean tear-away, works in laser or ink-jet printers, or mark with any variety of marking pen. I haven't tried it yet though. I ordered a book of pp stars patterns and it hasn't come in yet. I've never done pp, so I hope this stuff works! I think it was $4 or so at JoAnn's for 25 sheets of paper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KO24
    I just use a light weight, cheapy printer paper from Walmart or the Office Depot.
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    That's what I use too. No problems with it, either. I love PP.

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    On Quilting Arts this weekend, they showed paper piecing with a water-soluble stablizer. That would be nice too, not having to tear out the paper, but I'll bet it's pricey! :mrgreen:

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    I have heard some people using the rolls from the doctor's office for their examination tables.

    I like using tracing paper myself. You can check your local dollar store to see if they have cheaper pads of tracing paper.

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    I use the pads from the dollar store, they work well for me.

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    If I have to draw my own patterns, I'll use plain old parchment paper. Never tried putting that through the printer.

    But, if I'm printing a template, I use regular printer paper. I don't always tear my paper off right away. My paper pieced pieces still have their paper on them until I'm ready to sew them in a project.


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    pick up drafting paper at an arts supply store........10" wide and 25yards long--under $11 and comes in white and yellow

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    I use the cheapest paper I can find. Usually cheap copy paper. It tears off just fine!

    Wishing you luck!
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    Because I don't have the patience to sit there and trace, I just go and copy what I need at the local post office copier and use that paper. I haven't had any problems! I'm sure it is cheap paper and it does feel very thin. If it is a pattern I ordered as a PDF file, I just print it at home and use cheap Staples printer paper.


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