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    What size needle for PP?

    I'm using a size 14 needle for my pping and it is pulling the paper and fabric. I'm using printing paper. Should I be using a different size needle? Any help would be appriciated. Thank you in advance.
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    Maybe drop down a size and make your stitches smaller
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    Is your needle dull?
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    Is your needle dull?

    I just put the needle in today.

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    I have a friend who is a very experienced paper piecer and she told me she uses a denim needle, which is a 16. She said it's the shape of the point rather than the needle size that helps it pierce cleanly. I haven't tried it yet.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowQuilt View Post
    Is your needle dull?

    I just put the needle in today.
    How about the quality of paper you're using. I used the thinnest, cheapest paper I can buy. I usually pay about $2.00 a ream for it.
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    How about the quality of paper you're using. I used the thinnest, cheapest paper I can buy. I usually pay about $2.00 a ream for it.


    Where do you get your paper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnowQuilt View Post
    How about the quality of paper you're using. I used the thinnest, cheapest paper I can buy. I usually pay about $2.00 a ream for it.


    Where do you get your paper?
    Where ever I can find it on sale--usually Walmart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by virtualbernie View Post
    Where ever I can find it on sale--usually Walmart.
    I also agree with using a larger needle--the larger (and sharper) the needle, the larger the hole in the paper and the paper almost falls apart. I've never had a problem with little bits of paper getting stuck in the seams.
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    I use a universal size 80/12 needle and plain old copy paper.
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    When I took my PP class, we used size 75/11 needle and shortened the stitch length from the standard setting. The instructor remarked that using a larger needle was like driving a spike in the wall to hang a picture. The smaller needle makes a finer hole, thus allowing the paper to tear more freely from the fabric. I have used this for all of my PP and have not had any problems, even using regular copy paper.
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    needle size 11-14, but not as important as sharp point...no ball points here...and i echo the thinnest, cheapest copy paper out there... short stitch lentgh...you really want to perforate the paper...then fold each section against the 'dotted line' and rip right off....

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    i use a microtex needle for everything very sharp a quilt teatcher got ne on to them i also do ppand also shorten stitches
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    I use a 75/11 needle for all my piecing, plain most inexpensive copy paper by the case from Sam's, and a very small stitch length...on my machine that's a 1.2 setting, but experiment to see which setting will work best.
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    I love to paper piece. Found that regular copy paper was too thick, trouble with it tearing it off the seams. One member here suggested getting recycled news print from an office supply, cheap and works good. Other papers work good too, like the paper that is in mailed packages, old onion skin etc, it just needs to tear clean. Shortening your stitch length is very helpful too.

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    I use a 70/10 sharp and reduce me stitch length.

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    I get my PP paper from the Dollar store. The drawing tablets for kids! Works great.

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    I was told by a quilter to use a size 10 needle when peiceing, smaller holes, and that is what I use even PP

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    Personally speaking, I very rarely use a needle larger than a 12, for pp, I shorten my stitches from the auto preset of 2.8 down to 1.5. You can also stitch over all the lines to perforate the paper also, do this with no thread in the machine. I've never had a problem.

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    Make sure it's not a ball point needle. I usually use a 14 or a 16 and make my stitches pretty small. However, too small can cause the paper to rip before you want it to. Also you might check all your tensions.
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    I've been using a size 14 needle which works fine as long as I shorten the stitch length. I also use a small paintbrush dipped in water to "paint" the stitching lines before I tear the paper off. When the paper is a little wet, it comes right off easily.

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    your needle size is should go with the thread choice.
    the paper you are using may be the problem- or the type of needle- a sharp is a good choice. the lightest weight paper you can find will help- shorten the stitch length
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    Thank you everyone for your responses. I changed the needle size to 12 and the paper to tracing paper and it's working
    out really well.

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    I use a size 12 needle and the elementary school drawing paper that you can get at office supply stores (great buys at the beginning of school). It will run through the inkjet printer (I haven't tried the laser printer). If I'm out of that I use the cheapest printer paper I can find (less than 20#). If you have problems tearing the paper off after stitching, crease your paper at the stitches and mist with a small spray bottle filled with plain water. It will weaken the paper.

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    I use old telephone white pages for paper piecing and haven't had this problem and I haven't had any problems. The paper comes off easily also.

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