My hope is that she is wildly successful in this new venture! I always like to give support to new business ideas and especially those ideas that come from women. The bonus is that she is an incredibly nice and generous woman.
So, what is Eppiflex? It is a flexible & reusable replacement for the papers used for EPP. To me, it has a lightweight plastic ‘feel’ to it. It has a hole in the middle for those people that use pins to baste and it has slots where you would typically fold your paper pieces.
This is the blurb from Danni’s website:
Our Eppiflex templates are
- laser cut for precision – for more accurate piecing.
- cut with a patented design which enables them to bend when you need them to.
- strong and durable – reuse again and again
- Transparent for fussy cutting and precise positioning.
- heat resistant, so great for our “starch now, sew later” technique.
- hard at their edges – no more sewn in card. Templates remove easily without stressing the seams.
- whip stitch or ladder stitch friendly!
This is what the 1 & 1/4″ diamond looks like:
You can either thread baste these little templates or use a method that Danni calls “starch now, sew later” . I tried both methods.
I enjoyed using the thread baste technique. It was a piece of cake and I’m typically a glue baster with papers. The starch method didn’t work quite as well for me. The templates slipped out while I was sewing. However, thinking back on my technique, I didn’t use that little bit of glue that is suggested so I probably should go back and try it again.
The nicest thing about these templates is how reusable they are. I decided to use the 1 & 1/4″ diamond template and make little building blocks (3 diamonds per block). I used a light, medium and dark fabric – keeping the medium fabric the same on all the blocks.
Here is a picture of several of the building blocks sewn together.
At this point, all the Eppiflex templates are still in the piece, but I could remove all the centre templates, reuse them to make more blocks and then attach those to the outside. Since my piece is scrappy, this makes it easy to use.
The only drawback I found, if you want to call it that, is that if you want to wait until all your blocks are completed before laying them out and sewing them together, you would need a lot of the templates and that could get more expensive than paper pieces/templates.
One of the main benefits for me was that when stitching my pieces together, I didn’t ‘grab’ the paper. My needle just seemed to slide past the edge of the Eppiflex smoothly.
The flexibility of the product is a huge bonus in my estimation. They just feel better and lighter in my hand to the heavier paper pieces. My hands take a beating in so many of the things I do that it is worth it to me to have products that make my enjoyment and ease of use factor higher.
Cost? There are various prices – depending upon size of template and package size. A packet of 50 1 & 1/2″ 45 or 60 degree diamonds is $15; 200 of the 36 degree 1 & 1/4″ diamonds is listed at $20. But keep in mind that they are reusable. And, Danni and her main squeeze will cut any size you need.
My thought is that when I get ready to start on my Lucy of the Crosses quilt, since that only requires 2 shapes, I will be buying these. And, if I decide to do a scrappy hexagon piece like my friend Susan made (all beige fabrics, stunning in its simplicity), this product will be perfect.
Good luck Danni! Like I said, I hope you are wildly successful with this product.