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Foundation paper review

British made foundation paper for quilters

If you are keen on Foundation Paper Piecing as a technique (see our beginner’s guide to foundation piecing), you will know how important it is to find the right paper for printing your paper ‘foundations’.  Paper needs to be see-through for you to see the design lines, strong enough to withstand a sewing machine needle, but also easy to tear away once a block is sewn. Ideally you want to be able to unpick and reuse it too in case of mistakes. 

Foundation paper piecing paper in the UK

As a British company who have a great knowledge about tracing papers (they are known for their Swedish Tracing Paper), Patterntrace designed their own foundation paper especially for this purpose. 

Disclosure – Fiona from The Sewing Directory designed this foundation paper so this review has been written by Julie. 

Easy to tear foundation paper for quilters

The A4 foundation paper is very thin and semi-transparent, allowing you to put it easily through your inkjet or laser printer. It’s got a bit of a rough texture as well, which is useful for a slick of glue to hold the first piece of paper in place for the foundation.  The transparency makes it easy to place your fabrics, perfect for fussy cutting. 

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Crucially, the paper has a soft feel to it, which is much gentler on your sewing machine needle when you sew along your foundation lines. Having said that, it is best to keep an old needle for sewing when you sew with any paper on your sewing machine!

Once you have completed the foundation piecing, the paper easily tears away and doesn’t leave those annoying bits of normal printer paper stuck to the back of the design! It folds much more easily too when working on the design. It can also be unpicked and re-stitched several times should you make a mistake. 

You can buy the Foundation Paper in packs of 100 sheets from Patterntrace here. Get 10% off all orders with code sewingdirectory

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