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Date: 8/31/12 11:59 AM

I am starting my first quilt involving foundation piecing. A thank you to Youtube for all the instruction videos.

I am wondering what you quilters use for the paper. I bought a package of special foundation paper but is it really necessary? Can I use the paper in my printer for the multiple copies I need?

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Date: 8/31/12 5:12 PM

The special fp paper is supposed to be easier to remove, as it is thinner than regular copy paper. However, some copiers/printers don't like it. At the LQS where I hang out, the space-age copier in service recently underwent a $$$ service repair, due mainly to the use of this paper.

Personally, I'm at home when I feel the urge to create foundations, and I just use regular copy paper. A friend of mine buys pads of tracing paper at the looney store and they work in her printer, but I'm not that organized.

Another thing I do is cut out my paper foundations such that there is no seam allowances. I have to be careful to allow 1/4" of fabric to overhang the edges of the paper, but the papers are wayyyyy eaiser to remove this way.

Jennifer in Calgary

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Date: 8/31/12 5:16 PM

You do need the paper to stabilize the bias cuts of the fabric.

Try paper for foundations piecing or parchment paper and not copier paper.

I have not had any issues printing with an ink-jet printer. Laser printers are hot and may not work as well with the thinner paper.

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Date: 8/31/12 7:12 PM

When Jennifer says "looney" store, I think that in the US the equivalent is the dollar store.

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Date: 8/31/12 11:55 PM

Yes, except it's surprising how many items they carry now that cost more than $1.

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Date: 9/1/12 1:01 AM

As long as I don't have to print anything on them, I use telephone book pages.

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Date: 9/1/12 9:13 PM

I got a ream of plain newsprint and it worked well and also was ok in the printer. It tears off very easily.

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Date: 9/2/12 10:15 AM

I have never had a problem using plain old copier paper. I would not print them out on the printer if you are using very light fabrics that could get stained by the ink. I make one copy on the printer and then use a "Xerox" to make the additional needed papers.

Paper tears off easily and usually in one piece from each section. I have no trouble seeing through it with a light source. Best of luck with your new venture here.

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Date: 9/5/12 4:20 PM

Well, the Fons and Porter foundation paper would not go through my printer. So, I am trying regular printer paper to see how it tears away.

Thanks for all your advice.

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