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Thread: Need help please

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    I can NOT for the life of me cut strips..... They Never ever come out straight. Its like I'd be doing real good. Going slow and the dang ruler must move or something cuz my strips aren't the same all the way down. Ok I DO know I need those non slip deals for my rulers.. Now can't I just fold fabric in half again so its not so long to cut? Did I just make sense? Ok your fabric is folded. Fold on one end, salvage on other. Can I fold again, (sideways) If not making sense, I could take pics.... When I do individual squares...... perfect...... When I try sewing strips then cut .. .........forget it :cry: :cry: :cry:

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    Bev, that's the way I do it, where the lengthwise fold is parallel to the selvage, so you are actually cutting through 4 layers of fabric. You just have to be careful that you've got a neat fold, or you end up with strips with a V in them.

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    Ahhhhh ok. Thanks hun. It sure is frustrating. I wasted a half a yrd trying to strip piece my 4 patch for Davids skull quilt. One end was 4 inch the other end was 31/2...... :evil:

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    Yes, you definitely need to put something on the bottom of your ruler to keep from sliding. I used the little round sand paper looking circles I got from JoAnn's.

    When you fold your fabric -- put selvadge edges together and fold, making sure fabric is straight (no wrinkles, etc.) Fold again toward the selvadge smoothing out all wrinkles. Now, you need to cut the fabric so that the edge is perfectly straight. After you do this, now begin to cut your strips. And guess what -- no "elbows" in the strips.

    After cutting a few strips, recheck your straight edge and trim as necessary to keep it straight.

    I saw this on Fons & Porter and it works for me!!

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    Cool. Thanks hun

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    I have a cool little gizmo that helps. It's a large square with slots cut every half inch. You just put your cutter at the bottom and run it up to the top. What's great about it is that you always cut straight, but then you don't have to reposition your ruler after the first cut--you just move your cutter over to the next slot. This thing is one of my favorite tools, and makes cutting strips a breeze.

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    Thats what I do also and for my rulers , I used a glue stick and scraps of sand paper, or take an emery board and slit that and use small pieces to do your rulers :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruth Camp
    Thats what I do also and for my rulers , I used a glue stick and scraps of sand paper, or take an emery board and slit that and use small pieces to do your rulers :D
    Great idea :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harmony
    I have a cool little gizmo that helps. It's a large square with slots cut every half inch. You just put your cutter at the bottom and run it up to the top. What's great about it is that you always cut straight, but then you don't have to reposition your ruler after the first cut--you just move your cutter over to the next slot. This thing is one of my favorite tools, and makes cutting strips a breeze.
    I've seen that used on TV. Aren't they quite spendy tho?

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    http://quilting.about.com/od/rotaryc...g_strips_4.htm

    Check out other information
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    Hope this helps!!!!!

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