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    Question about foam board

    For those of you that use the foam board - or even the comic book boards does the extra crease in your fabric bother you?

    I had most of my fabric on bolts from Joanns or Walmart. They are nice enough to give them away But with Walmarts clearance fabric over the last couple months I have much too much to put it all on bolts. I started folding some and putting it in one of the hanging shoe organizers in the closet - but that filled up quickly.

    So I took it out of the closet and folded it and put it on a small book case. It looks pretty - but is a little diffiuclt to get to.

    I went to Michaels to check out the foam board and they happend to have some on clearance. After I cut a couple pcs I realized that extra fold to put it on the small boards might drive me crazy. Any ideas to get around this?

    Right now I am considering putting all the fabric on long full boards. . . but so many people use the small ones I thought I might be missing something

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    I'd say that it would depend on how much yardage you are rolling on the boards. The bolts take up too much room on my shelf.
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    The extra crease doesn't bother me, but I always press my fabric before I cut to get rid of all crease's and get the straight of grain.

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    Before I put all my fabrics on foam core boards, I used the ruler method for folding it. So I was already used to having the fabric folded an extra time. I just finished a couple weeks ago getting all my fabrics transferred to the foam core boards and put on my shelves. However, I didn't put anything over 3 1/2 yards on the foam core boards. I just ruler folded it and put all my larger length fabrics are on a shelf all to themselves. I got my foam board at the Dollar Tree for $1 sheet. I cut my pieces 5" X 12" (this height measurement fit my shelves and the double folded fabric well) and I got I think 9 or maybe 10 pieces from each board.
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    if you mean by double fold folding the selvage to the fold that is how I cut my fabric anyway. so that wouldn't be a problem for me... so I like it folded that way so it is ready to cut. I can unfold what I need to cut and ready to cut..

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    Yall , I just need to jump in here. I bought foam board at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a piece ( large size) But I found some for $2.00 at Dollar General. So at DG I bought 10 pieces. What a mistake !!! It was a form of foam board but when cut into pieces , it left a mess of torn paper and it bent very easily. I found out by taking it apart that the foam part is not solid like at HL. it is in channels . So for my money , I'm not gonna go that route again. But the crease doesn't bother me either.
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    I do not wash and dry my fabric before I fold on the boards. When I am ready to use it, I wash, dry and starch and iron it, so the extra folds don't bother me. Love the storage method. I have not tried the Dollar General boards. I bought some comic book boards for short lengths and board from ULine for the larger lengths. Love the library style storage...easy to find what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noiseynana View Post
    Yall , I just need to jump in here. I bought foam board at Hobby Lobby for $2.00 a piece ( large size) But I found some for $2.00 at Dollar General. So at DG I bought 10 pieces. What a mistake !!! It was a form of foam board but when cut into pieces , it left a mess of torn paper and it bent very easily. I found out by taking it apart that the foam part is not solid like at HL. it is in channels . So for my money , I'm not gonna go that route again. But the crease doesn't bother me either.
    I haven't even seen foam core at my Dollar General. The sheets I got for $1 apiece at the Dollar Tree are solid all the way through and are acid free. I used a rotary cutter and my 6" X 24" ruler and it cut wonderfully
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    Never used it, just ruler fold mine.
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    I use my 40% coupons and buy the cake boards from Joanns or michaels. You can get. 4 from each sheet. I roll anything 1 yd. and over on them. There is that extra crease but i like to re-iron and starch before i cut. It sure made a difference in my storage- except i have more fabric than shelf space. But what IS on the shelves looks nice! LOL
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    If having a crease where you fold is a problem for you, why not roll your fabric. got this idea from an artical on tv about how to pack clothing in a suit case for a trip. Give it a try works nicely for me!

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    The boards I got from Michaels are killing my cutting board. The paper on the outside is too thick and even using a exacto knife I had problems. This am I went to Dollar General and although I have not cut yet I can tell the paper on the outside is much thinner.

    As crazy as it sounds I really like the orginizing part of it! My husband says I am a fabric collector or a quilt starter . . . I have finished quite a few - but have even more partly or mostly done

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    That is one reason that I started hanging my larger pieces (over 1.5yd). Since they are folded around a 12" ruler, there are only 2/3 creases per yard. Much easier to deal with.
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    Ok - I love the board from Dollar Geneal!!! I would love to buy it bulk - I got the lat 5 from the store. Anyone know where to buy from? All the links I find are not avaliable anymore

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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor View Post
    Ok - I love the board from Dollar Geneal!!! I would love to buy it bulk - I got the lat 5 from the store. Anyone know where to buy from? All the links I find are not avaliable anymore
    I know that Dollar Tree has an online store. You might see if Dollar General does or if Dollar Tree has it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cminor View Post
    For those of you that use the foam board - or even the comic book boards does the extra crease in your fabric bother you?

    I had most of my fabric on bolts from Joanns or Walmart. They are nice enough to give them away But with Walmarts clearance fabric over the last couple months I have much too much to put it all on bolts. I started folding some and putting it in one of the hanging shoe organizers in the closet - but that filled up quickly.

    So I took it out of the closet and folded it and put it on a small book case. It looks pretty - but is a little diffiuclt to get to.

    I went to Michaels to check out the foam board and they happend to have some on clearance. After I cut a couple pcs I realized that extra fold to put it on the small boards might drive me crazy. Any ideas to get around this?

    Right now I am considering putting all the fabric on long full boards. . . but so many people use the small ones I thought I might be missing something
    I haven't used any of the boards, but I do use my 6" x 24" ruler to fold my fabric over and over, and then fold that in half, after folding it on the ruler. I like this for my fabric.

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    I have adjustable shelves, so 20X30 inch foam core was perfect, and I used the full width, got four 7 1/2 X 20 inch pieces per board. Now I wish I had made them 15 X20 inches - would have more fabrics on each shelf. I bought most of the foam core on sale, 2 sheets for $1.

    I can hear you saying, "How did you fold the fabric to fit?' The fabric was 1 or 2 inches taller than the foam core, but when all the fabric is on a shelf, the part that's not on the foam core is supported by the fabric 'next-door' etc etc all along the shelf, so it doesn't matter that the foam core isn't quite tall enough.

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    Please explain to me what ruler fold is.
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    Yes, please. What is ruler folding.
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    I ruler fold as well. It's where you lay your fabric out, folded like it was on the bolt, and the lay your 6x24" ruler close to the cut end....6" side at the top, 24" along the cut. Tuck the end & start folding the fabric as you roll the ruler along. This works well for most cuts, even 6 yards. For less than a yard I fold the finished 'roll' in half so it's 6"x12" and store those on another shelf.
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