by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

Hello .... A while back someone posted on here about turning their tv tray into a potable ironing board....When I mentioned I have done that for years I was told I should of told a long time ago about this tip...so here goes another tip to SAVE YOU MONEY ON INTERFACING ... I purchased a stuffy pattern and this was her idea. If you have a design that does not have a lot of stitching (like mug rugs or stuffed toys) use freezer paper...so simple but oh goodness when you have a 5x7 design and only have a 6x10 hoop you will save tons of money on interfacing....I have now made 10 mug rugs this way so far and it dose work. Like I figured out what harm could it do to try this but after the first one I saw how much money I would saved on interfacing.

I hope my little share will help you save some money also.
Hugs Joann

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by haleymax 17 Jun 2013

Does anyone know if we were to soak the pieces of interfacing and use it as if you were making paper, would the newly made interfacing work? I have thought of trying this but I don't know how to make paper.

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by lucypiwow 17 Jun 2013

GOOD IDEA....

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 17 Jun 2013

I posted it .... it was someone else's idea but I sure do love it because I make a lot of in the hoop things like stuffed toys and mug rugs etc and why waist expensive interfacing if I can use paper....I know if design has a lot of stitches it would not hold up so I thought it over and did it.
Hugs Joann

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by raels011 16 Jun 2013

My Janome dealer told me to use paper when i purchased my first machine

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 16 Jun 2013

Now that you mention that I remember the man I got mine from saying the same thing. Also there is paper piecing how can they tell you to do that with it harming your machine?
Hugs Joann

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by juanitadenney 16 Jun 2013

I have been using a wooden T. V. tray as an ironing board next to my sewing machine for over 20 years and thought probably everyone else was too. I do believe with a $10,000.00 (plus) embroidery machine I will continue to stick to interfacing but thanks for the neat ideas. I say if they work for you then go for it.

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 16 Jun 2013

Well you can do whatever you think is best for you .... I have a lot invested in my machines also and don't understand what you think could harm a machine. It is paper ....this information on paper came from a pro so I am always willing to learn what do you think could happen to the machine and paper. Oh and I have a Janome and they are in the high price range you mention and Singer which is also in the thousand's and a little cheap brother and have tried it on all machines with no bad results.The only bad results that could happen is you may need to change a needle sooner.

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by eggyannie 16 Jun 2013

I've used cheap copy paper for that kind of work and its so cheap especially if you use those unwanted or messed up sheets works a dream.

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 16 Jun 2013

Think that is smart thinking....wish I had thought of this a long time ago.
Hugs Joann

haleymax by haleymax 17 Jun 2013

Have you had any problem with the ink transferring to the material?

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by cfidl 16 Jun 2013

I am going to try it. Thanks!

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 16 Jun 2013

Well can't see any harm.
Hugs Joann

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by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

Ok I went to Sam's Club and purchased a large roll of butcher's paper and it is 18 x 1000 ft. I have cut some and tied this for embroidering on and it works like a charm. The cost for the roll was $17.00 give or take a little.

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graceandham by graceandham 17 Jun 2013

Nothing to do with embroidery, but my Mother used up three rolls of butcher paper over about 50 years and wrapped ALL Christmas gifts in it, with big red bows. It made SUCH a gorgeous tree (all white lights). It was the essence of Christmas to me.

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by kylasm 15 Jun 2013

I have read before but not tried using plastic grocery bags as a topper on very plush towels. They were saying it would start to break down after years of washing and drying but by then the fibers will have flattened enough not to come thru or your towel will be old enough to toss out. Anybody tried this yet?

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

I have not used them because I felt they would break down to easy.
Hugs Joann

gramsbear by gramsbear 16 Jun 2013

I was told this when I got my first Emb machine. It worked, but I could not get the small pcs out of the crevices without messing up the towel. I was NOT pleased, I worked many hours trying to get tiny pieces of plastic off of my design! Hugs, judy

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by grossfamilie 15 Jun 2013

Pls let me know what is freezer paper? Maybe we don't know that in Germany - Do you use it for wrapping food before putting in the deep freeze? but thank you for the tip - this sounds good to me - Maria

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kylasm by kylasm 15 Jun 2013

Yes, exactly :-)

bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

Yes it is the white paper you wrap your meats in so it don't get freezer burn. I will be heading over to Sams to get the huge one... I think drawing paper might do the same but I don't know...do what I did....I figured I would try one design. It was a mug rug and low and behold it worked....so tried a few more. All has worked...just try what paper you have but make sure it will work before you but a lot of whatever you use.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 15 Jun 2013

Thank you. I am always happy when I can keep the cost down.

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bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

You are welcome....I am happy I have made someone else happy.
Hugs Joann

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by rescuer Moderator 15 Jun 2013

Thank you for the tip. I can see how it would work in place of the paper-like tear-away. I will give it a try.

Freezer paper is also easier to purchase/stash as my husband might think it is for food and not for the sewing room. lol

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grossfamilie by grossfamilie 15 Jun 2013

:-)) Yes, it is always good if DH does not know what we "must" have for embroidering - but hubbies have their
secrets too :-)

dennis999 by dennis999 15 Jun 2013

I have just sent an email to all Cutie husbands!!

bonnetgirl by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

HaHaHa you are funny but I think what they don't know won't hurt them. If he finds out tell him you are saving money.
Hugs Joann

sbott54 by sbott54 15 Jun 2013

Do you want all our husbands' addresses so you can forewarn them? I'm in a giggly mood today. Finishing a project always makes me giddy!

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by bonnetgirl 15 Jun 2013

Oh boy my spelling needs help LOL....remember if your design has a lot of stitching this won't work but so far it has save me a lot of money.

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