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Thread: Request for Help - The Freezer Paper Novice

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    Hello everyone, I am seeking your advice please. I am contributing to a quilt project and have been sent my "square" which has been marked up with margins and beautifully "serged" to prevent unravelling. It has also been backed with freezer paper.

    As I am a total novice to the "freezer paper phenomenon", do I gently peel it off, do my applique and embroidery and then reapply it? Or is the idea to leave it attached and stitch through it?

    Sorry if this is a silly question. I am a bit of a traditionalist and learned to quilt using the English paper-piecing method and doing loads of handwork. The only thing I know about freezer paper is that it seems very useful but found primarily in America. Despite being a bit of a techno junkie, I have only just started quilting using my trusty old Singer and I am yet to abandon my trad. paper foundations and thimbles.

    Thank you

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    if you're going to do machine applique or machine embroidery, you'll find that the freezer paper backing makes a great stabilizer, so leave it on and stitch through it.

    if you're going to embroider or applique by hand, you'll need to remove it.

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    I usually back with F.P. if I am machine appliquing. It really help keep it smooth. If they require hand applique then it will definately need to come off

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    I will have to try this method with machine applique and embroidery....never heard of using freezer paper this way 8) 8) 8)

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    Me either amma .... I have always used stablizers. Interesting medium to use for that though. Huh.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I usually back with F.P. if I am machine appliquing. It really help keep it smooth. If they require hand applique then it will definately need to come off
    Are you saying you put freezer paper on back of fabric and then stitch to your quilt with the paper behind the applique are is it on top and then you take it off. :oops: :oops: :oops: I just wondering if that paper is stitched to the quilt and left inside of the applique?? Dumb question??????

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    Ah, all is clear now...Thanks so much for your help. Now I just have to decide on machine or handwork and get started.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tslowery
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR
    I usually back with F.P. if I am machine appliquing. It really help keep it smooth. If they require hand applique then it will definately need to come off
    Are you saying you put freezer paper on back of fabric and then stitch to your quilt with the paper behind the applique are is it on top and then you take it off. :oops: :oops: :oops: I just wondering if that paper is stitched to the quilt and left inside of the applique?? Dumb question??????
    do you machine work and then remove the paper....some will remain but not much

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    I also didn't know that freezer paper could be used for machine embroidery.

    I can't wait to try it!! :)

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    I have used coffee filters for the stabilizer when machine appliquing.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    if you're going to do machine applique or machine embroidery, you'll find that the freezer paper backing makes a great stabilizer, so leave it on and stitch through it.

    if you're going to embroider or applique by hand, you'll need to remove it.
    I've only used stabilizer. Does the freezer paper tear easier?

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    I just used some freezer paper marked with quilt designs, on my dolls quilt swap. I wanted four copies of the same design, so I traced three from the original, ironed them onto the quilt, and stitched around and onto the paper. I used quite a small stitch (1.6 on my machine) and it tore away fairly well. It was a bit tougher than ordinary copy paper, but didn't pull the stitches too much, and I only had to tweeze out a few stray bits. But because it was freezer paper, it stayed in place nicely while I was quilting, and of course, I didn't have to use any pins, which was an advantage.

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    My aunt, who is the applique queen, taught me the freezer paper trick years ago. It works great!

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    I really appreciate knowing all this. It's one of those "Aha!" moments. I will definitely be trying it.

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    Earthwalker: thanks for asking this question. Thanks to everyone else for their replies. I learned so much from this thread--your answers are clearer than any I've seen in books. Maybe admin should think about publishing a "book of board members hints"!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise.

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    I didn't know freezer paper could be used to stabilize fabric for sewing...makes a lot of sense. I've ironed freezer paper on the back of silk fabric in order to run it through the ink jet printer though. Works pretty well if you keep your edges neat. Thanks for the tip!

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