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Thread: help!! problems cutting

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    i am having problems cutting my fabric straight no matter what i try-looks like i took a wrong turn when i'm cutting

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    What tools are you using? Scissors? Ruler & rotary cutter?

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    Hi and welcome to the board from Iowa. Can you expand on what the problem is and what you are using for tools now?

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    I have the same problem and I use the rotary cutter and the ruler. It seems the ruler moves, even when I am holding it and if I fold the fabric, it comes out shorter on one demension.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssnare
    I have the same problem and I use the rotary cutter and the ruler. It seems the ruler moves, even when I am holding it and if I fold the fabric, it comes out shorter on one demension.
    you might try little non-slip dots or sandpaper dots on the back of your ruler

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    You might try ironing your fabric first too. That might help. Also use a sharp razor blade in your rotary cutter. Don't try to cut a long strip with one cut.

    What I mean is...walk your hand up the ruler. Start your cut...stop...walk your hand up the ruler.....start cutting again. This way your ruler won't move. Hopefully your cut will be straight on.

    Please let us know if this helps.

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    i'm using rotary cutter and a ruler-i'm holding the ruler down tight as i'm cutting-its a brand new rotary cutter

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    I have problems, too, if I do not put 'anti-skid' sandpaper dots on my rulers. Sometimes If I hold the ruler down too strongly, it will shift on the other end.

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    I put those little rubber dots on all my rulers recently and it made all the difference in the world and my problem was completely resolved.

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    I understand your problem, had the same problem too until I bought an ALTO 2 cutting board. I was pushing the material without realizing I was doing so. Also make sure you don't bend bend your rotary cutter when you cut, I also was doing this without noticing how I was holding the cutter. There's a lot to pay attention to when you cut, take your time and you will get better as you go along.

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