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Thread: If you prefer your fabric to be torn, rather than cut...

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    If you prefer your fabric to be torn, rather than cut...

    You can't really use *all* of the length of fabric, because you will lose at least 1/4" and possibly more, at each end.

    So... what to do about that?

    Do you buy a bit extra? Does your LQS throw in a little extra to compensate? If so, how much extra?

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    When I worked at Hobby Lobby, I ALWAYS cut an extra couple inches. When I'd get fabric at Walmart, they always cut the exact amount...not even a smidgen over.

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    Well, yes, I lose about 1/4"...but that is SIGNIFICANTLY better than the 1-6" I've lost, many times, because of a wonky cut...also, my lqs always cuts an extra inch or two to be on the safe side...

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    I've never noticed it being an issue. Once in a while my LQS throws in an extra inch or two for something else (last time it was because mine was the first tear), but normally not.

    I seriously have not seen this distortion and raveling everyone has talked about. Dampen and press - done. Since 1/4" is in the seam allowance I guess I just don't fuss if the edge is a little more ragged than it would have been with a rotary cutter.

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    'Nother question just occurred to me... if the fabric is a printed plaid, or a panel... you wouldn't want those torn, would you? 'Cause if they are printed even the slightest bit off-grain, it will show up.

    Would you prefer that the fabric be cut in this case?

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    I always straighten up the fabric so cutting is not an issue
    EXCEPT for wide backing. I have started asking that wide backing be torn because it is double/double folded on the bolt and even adding a smidgen I loose significantly more than an inch or so. Last I bought I lost 6" on both ends.

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    Hobby Lobby is very good at giving extra..Wal-mart no..I went to Joann's for the first time the other day and won't go back. the fabric was cut so bad.. when I said something to the lady about giving a little extra to even it up she got mad and made sure she didn't give a bit more then what I asked for. She even pulled and stretched it to be what I asked for.. So ugly!! Won't go back ever!!

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    At least with it torn you know you are getting a straight edge and that is worth losing the 1/4". Got some at Joann's once that was cut so bad I lost over 6", both sides were not straight. The cutters get upset when you make them place the fabric so you get what you are asking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Favorite Fabrics
    'Nother question just occurred to me... if the fabric is a printed plaid, or a panel... you wouldn't want those torn, would you? 'Cause if they are printed even the slightest bit off-grain, it's really going to be a problem.

    Would you prefer that the fabric be cut in this case?
    I probably wouldn't buy it.

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    I rarely tear -- unless I suspect a fabric has been cut WAY off grain. I think tearing stretches the fabric, but if you're pre-washing, that would solve the stretching issue. Not everyone likes to pre-wash. I definitely think stores should train their cutters to recognize where the grainline is, so a fabric can be cut straight. It doesn't have to be perfect -- just close, so there aren't waste issues -- for them or us. I've bought lots of "remnants" (for crafts) that no one else would buy at the end of a bolt because it was way off grain. The worst is sheer fabric & I always have to buy extra.

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