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    I know this will sound ignorant but when tearing fabric instead of cutting, do you tear from selvedge edge to selvedge edge or the other way ?

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    That's not dumb!!
    I've done both, actually, but usually the selvedge edge

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    That's not dumb!!
    I've done both, actually, but usually the selvedge edge
    ditto.. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    I know this will sound ignorant but when tearing fabric instead of cutting, do you tear from selvedge edge to selvedge edge or the other way ?
    It can be done either way, it just depends on what you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    I know this will sound ignorant but when tearing fabric instead of cutting, do you tear from selvedge edge to selvedge edge or the other way ?
    When tearing from selvedge edge to selvedge edge, you are tearing on the crossgrain, which is harder to do than straight-grain tearing. It also produces a more distorted edge, and more microscopic damage farther in along the edge (up to 2 inches).

    A lot of quilters tear only to make long strips for borders, in which case they tear on the straight-grain (parallel to a selvedge). Everything else is cut rather than torn.

    I guess the big question is, why do you want to tear your fabric?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Quote Originally Posted by feffertim
    I know this will sound ignorant but when tearing fabric instead of cutting, do you tear from selvedge edge to selvedge edge or the other way ?
    When tearing from selvedge edge to selvedge edge, you are tearing on the crossgrain, which is harder to do than straight-grain tearing. It also produces a more distorted edge, and more microscopic damage farther in along the edge (up to 2 inches).

    A lot of quilters tear only to make long strips for borders, in which case they tear on the straight-grain (parallel to a selvedge). Everything else is cut rather than torn.

    I guess the big question is, why do you want to tear your fabric?
    Just to make a piece of fabric more managable

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    In that case, I would cut crossgrain rather than tear. It leaves a better edge, with no damage to the fabric.

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    which ever way you need to (make your cuts) if you want to cut long borders- and plan to cut length wise- well- tear length wise- if you always cut salvage to salvage---tear it that way- the tearing is to have a straight (on grain) edge- the grain runs both ways

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    Ditto here too
    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    That's not dumb!!
    I've done both, actually, but usually the selvedge edge

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    The quality of the fabric can affect the distortion when tearing.

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