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Thread: Paper piecing?

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    Paper piecing?

    When you pp do you backstitch? I've done 3 of these now. I have backstitched on them as it is a habit when I sew.

    So.....do you backstitch?

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    No b/c the stitch line gets stitched over by another stitch line
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    No. I start before the seam line, end past and same as above post, seams are sewn over.

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    no because the stitches are much tighter than regular patchwork. I don't back stitch there either though.

    or do you mean english paper piecing? in handwork I always take a few tight stitches when finishing a thread.

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    I do because I find sometimes when I am tearing off the paper (and I'm not always the most gentle, since I also have my parrot helping me out) that the seams open. I have an automatic fix on my sewing machine, so it's not really a big deal for me.

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    no, i'm using a small tight stitch and always stitch out into the seam allowance.

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    i do not back stitch but tighten the stitch length a little
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    No backstitching at all.
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    I normally shorten my stitch length as well but even if I don't I'm assuming that I am ultimately over-stitching so I don't bother with backstitching either.

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    I seem to always backstitch. It is a habit from making garments and such.
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    No because the seams cross and lock in.
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    Just use the small stiches in the sewing machine are enough

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    Thanks ladies!

    I too have the "fix" feature on my machine. I may try that. My concern is that when I'm tearing off the paper I'll take stitches with it.
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    true, but the stitches are tiny, and then stitched over.

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    Never back stitch. The seams interlock when you sew over them. Have never had a problem with loose stitching. Be sure to use a shorter than regular stitch length for PPing and seams should stay tight.
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    When I tear away the paper sometimes I pull apart some stitches, so I try to use the fix stitch function. I might be doing something wrong but that's what I do.

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    Hmmm, my lines don't cross over each other. They do touch. I'm thinking if I don't do something a seam will pull apart. I would catch one stitch by sewing another line. I'm not confident enough to think that by going over one stitch it won't come apart.

    I'll play a little and see what happens.

    Thanks again!
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    I do not backstitch just do a few stitches before and after the area to be stitched.works good for me......

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    I don't back stitch for paper piecing and rarely for other things either.

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    Yes..and no. I usually make a sample block of anything I am working on. If I notice that my stitches are loosening (even tho I am using a very short stitch) when I remove the paper, then I will back stitch a couple of stitches at the beginning and end. Always start sewing a few stitches before and continue stitching a few stitches after the line so that the next seam will cross the previous seam, for extra security.

    It also depends on the type of paper you are using. Foundation paper removes quite easily. But if your paper is thicker, you might need to firmly crease the line before sewing, or even run the point of a seam ripper down the line before trying to remove it.
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    I do backstitch (just 2 or 3 stitches) in the seam allowance, because the stitches come out when I tear the paper away.
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    No I don't backstitch, if there is another seam covering this seam.....I also find using an old stitch picker, upside down and using the back side - not the stitch picking side, run it down my stitching line, it will open the paper if you holding it up, it will break my seam free from the paper, and not cut the threads, then I don't pull out the threads and the paper comes off much easier.Name:  how to release paper from paper pieced quilt fabric.jpeg
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    No, you always use a smaller stitch length on PP.

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