Item #: P-FOUND
Available size: 8.5" x 11"
Sheets per pack: 25
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Perfect for foundation piecing
The Foundation Sheets are non-woven, rayon/polyester blend that feeds easily through any inkjet printer. The material, perfect for foundation piecing, is easy to see through and sew on, and won’t dull needles. Crazy-quilters and machine embroiders can use it as a permanent, stabilizing layer.
Package includes: 25 foundation sheets (8½ x 11″) for inkjet printers (and laser printers with manual/envelope feed)
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Thanks for your feedback, Chris. We’ve removed “tears easily” from the product description.
Foundation Paper: used 3 pks in my quilt and can’t get it out without distorting the stitching. I have resorted to cutting it out with scissors. It is too heavy to leave in the pieced blocks. I am an experienced paper piecer, 1st time using this product. I used a 1.6 stitch length. large needle and folded all the lines. Tried wetting the fabric and that didn’t help. EQ normally has great products and I happily use many of them but I can tell you after I cut out 1371 pieces of this paper from the project I am working on I will never use this product again.
I would suggest they take another look at the product description and remove the word “tears easily” be removed from product description
Susan, I agree that we should add a caution, which we have now. We think some inkjet inks or photocopy toner may transfer when wet, and so can get onto an ironing board and transfer to the iron. So we are adding this caution per your suggestion:
Tip: Some inkjet inks may bleed when wet. So if sewing on light fabrics we recommend finger-pressing, not steam ironing, until the foundation pattern is removed. If you plan to leave the foundation sheet on your block for stability, put a pressing cloth or fabric scraps on your ironing board to keep ink from transferring, and iron your block from the top, with the pattern-side on the bottom.
Like Jann, I also have had a BIG problem with inkjet ink bleeding. Since there was no warning about this and the product states that it can be left in permanently, it did not occur to me that this would be a problem. I ironed every subsection as it was made, but after sewing everything together and lightly starching the finished block, the foundations bled through on every seam, completely ruining a foundation pieced block that took many hours to make. Washing did not help. At least I discovered this before piecing it into a whole quilt and then wetting for blocking. Bleeding at that stage would have been even more of a disaster. The sheets were printed on my HP Officejet printer using HP ink. In future, even if I plan remove the foundations, I would hesitate to use this product because even a tiny remaining sliver of printed foundation might bleed through.
I think your caution is great. No one has mentioned bleeding before. But as you have found some inks may transfer if they get wet which they can do (as yours did) when steam ironing. I’m sorry this happened, and hope it will fade with washing.
Penny @ The Electric Quilt Company
These sheets certainly print nicely on an inkjet printer. What you don’t caution sewers is that inkjet ink bleeds when it gets wet. I am working on some rather complex foundation pieced blocks with a cream background; my steam iron “burped” and wet the pieced block which, of course, still had the printable sheet in place. A blue bleed on the seam line etc. Very annoying. Hoping it will wash out later.
A note of CAUTION to others using these sheets. After the annoyance, I wondered if ironing the printed sheet would “heat set” the ink – NO, it does not.
This is the best product for foundation piecing. I would never piece blocks with out it.
Makes lining up points and seams easy and precise. I have never torn it off, it does launder beautifly. Makes the quilting part of quilting very acurate, everything is square and non stretchy. I highly recommend it for all quilting projects.
I Love using these sheets for Paper Piecing.