Last week, I sampled two programs for making half-square triangles — Triangulations and Ta Da Triangles. I worked with them over the weekend to determine which was my favorite. Ummm … I’m not really ready to declare a winner. I love that Triangulations is incredibly flexible; but I hate picking off the paper. Ta Da Triangles is less flexible and more expensive if you’re making a lot of triangles, but the interfacing does not need to be removed and that’s a big plus! Here’s my synppsis of the differences and I’ll let you make up your own mind.
Triangulations (Available at http://www.bearpawproductions.com/store.php?cat=1)
- Very flexible. You can make squares in 1/16″ increments.
- Easy. Just print off the appropriate size triangle.
- Cheaper in the long run. You buy the program once and can make as many copies as you want.
- Simpler to sew. There is no stopping and starting — just follow the arrows and your needle is down for the entire page.
- Triangles fit easily on 8.5 x 11 inch printer paper.
- No further trimming is required.
- Requires purchasing paper that is especially for paper piecing.
- Have to pick off the paper once you’ve sewn, which is time consuming.
- Requires a computer and printer.
- More likely to dull the needle, since it is sewing through paper.
Ta Da Triangles (Available at http://tadatriangles.com/default.aspx)
- Interfacing is easy to sew on.
- Does not dull the needle.
- Interfacing remains on the triangle and stabilizes the triangle.
- Does not require a computer.
- Only makes limited sizes of triangles in 1/4″ increments.
- Must plan project and purchase the correct sizes of Ta Da triangles.
- The interfacing is on large sheets which is cumbersome.
- Leaves dog-ears to be trimmed.