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Unfortunately this is a very complex question with no simple or right answer. There are as many ways to paper or foundation piece as there are stitchers doing it! A good place to start would be Alex Anderson’s book, Paper Piecing – great for beginners.Depending on what you want to foundation piece, different techniques work more or less effectively.
I prefer to use a muslin foundation when doing flip and sew, crazy piecing borders, or sashing. But I prefer paper piecing anything that has long, tight points such as a Mariners Compass. I’ve designed literally hundreds of paper pieced blocks using what is now considered the “old fashioned” way to paper piece where you sew directly on the printed line through the paper.One of the most difficult things to do when paper piecing is letting go – which you must do or you’ll drive yourself crazy! Simply let go of what you think you should be doing and how the block should look (because it’s all backwards and upside down) and simply follow the numerical sequence. Place the new fabric on top of the last fabric sewn , lining up raw edge to raw edge and keeping excess length dispersed in such a way as to cover the space it must cover once it’s stitched on, flipped, and pressed. Hope this helps a bit. Good luck!