Some friends stopped by this morning while I was getting ready to make strips for a child's quilt which then I press and cut into squares They are quilters and and were shocked to see me do this. Told them I've been doing that since I worked in a variety store some 60 years ago...now that is giving away something. We always added on two inches and ripped. When I cut strips for the quilt and need a 5 1/2 inch square I rip a 6 inch of washed fabric, iron them and then cut the 5 1/2 inch strip and then into squares. Never have I had a problem with this unless it was some striped fabric or border fabric but then it hasn't happed often as I make a practice rip. Have had perfect stipes doing it this way and they couldn't believe it and showed them on a piece of stripe fabric I had. This does not always work as printing is sometimes off on the fabric...not on grain. Are there other rippers here?