Ok, guys – Mom + I have been on a foundation paper piecing journey! It all started when we began dabbling with Foundation Paper Piecing Design in EQ8 (Click Here for that blog post). From there, we branched out into this fun quilting niche! We soon learned that there’s a lot to learn about FPP-ing!
And one thing we learned is that there are so many options when it comes to the actual foundation piecing paper!
We did all kinds of google searches. There are pros + cons to all of them – we didn’t know where to start!
So we decided to try 4 different papers and see for ourselves what worked best for us.
Foundation Piecing Paper: A Quilty Investigation
We used a set of 5 criteria to analyze the following different foundation paper options. We rated each paper on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being AWESOME and 1, not-so-awesome:
2. Good Ol’ Typing Paper
- Printer Worthiness
- Sewing Experience
- Reuse + Ease of Tearing Away Paper
1. The Printer Worthiness Test
All of the paper can be printed on by the ink jet printer.
Winner: A 4-Way Tie! All receive a 5.
2. Paper Transparency Test
If you hold the paper and fabric up to a light, you can see through all of the papers. The only one that is transparent enough so you can see through it when laying on table is the June Tailor foundation paper piecing paper. You will need a strong light when using all the other papers.
Winner: June Tailor receives a 5. (Carol Doak a 3, typing paper a 2, freezer paper a 2)
3. Sewing Experience
All of the papers, except freezer paper, have the stitches going through the seam lines. The seam is sewn next to the freezer paper fold. Because the stitch is next to the fold on the freezer paper, the point is not perfectly ¼ inch from the seam line. It will be cut off when the blocks are sewn together. Not being a perfect point defeats the purpose of foundation paper piecing!
Winners: All, except Freezer Paper. Freezer paper gets a 2. AND, freezer paper sticks to the presser foot + tends to crumple. No.Good.
4. Re-use + Ease of Tearing Away
Only freezer paper can be used more than once. Because we used a tiny stitch length (1.5), all of the sheets tore away just fine.
The June Tailor and Carol Doak foundation paper sheets are thinner and easier to remove than the typing paper.
Winner in the Reuse + Ease of Tearing Category: June Tailor + Carol Doak
June Tailor receives a 5, Carol Doak a 5, typing paper a 3, and freezer paper a 3.
(Theoretically, you can use the freezer paper more than once, but we found that it was not very sticky after the first use.)
You can probably find deals on all these options, but at the time of writing this post, June Tailor came in at a whopping $14.46 for 50 sheets. Carol Doak is $13.46 for 100 sheets, freezer paper is $8.99 for 30 sheets, typing paper $5.07 for 200 sheets.
Winner (if you’re looking for least expensive): Typing Paper (but you get what you pay for if you know what I mean…)
Foundation Paper Piecing Experiment Conclusions
For us, the June Tailor paper was the clear winner. It’s the priciest, but we love its transparency, and ease of use. If you’re going to the trouble of intricate piecing, then we recommend going for the good stuff.
What about you? What’s your go-to foundation paper piecing paper?
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