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Thread: RE: backing fabric cut or torn??????

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    Senior Member borntoquilt's Avatar
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    Thanks everybody! I think I am gonna try tearing my fabric and see what happens? I, too, get ticked off when I watch clerks CUT fabric that is on the yard stick @ the bottom and inches off @ the top! I always ask them to adjust @ the other CUT end. Boy! They start measuring properly after that... Thanks again !!!!!

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    Just curious here ~ Does anyone ever pull a thread and then cut? I remember being taught that in Home Ec or by my mother (maybe both). Pulling a thread shows the grain without the distortion of tearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnative
    Just curious here ~ Does anyone ever pull a thread and then cut? I remember being taught that in Home Ec or by my mother (maybe both). Pulling a thread shows the grain without the distortion of tearing.
    I do on occasion pull a thread and cut, but tearing is sooo much faster. FYI , pulling a thread on a batik is ... impossible .. just to tightly woven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lori S
    To tear a fabric , make a small snip in the salvage edge enough to cut past the salvage , take a side of the snipped fabric in each hand and tear completley to the other salvage. It will tear along the grain of the fabric. It can be quite surprising how off grain many cuts can be!
    I always tear a backing fabric that way it will lay straight. It also helps reduce puckering. If you have a backing off grain , you will be sewing with a slight bias. It also squares off the edge so you have two good corners to start when you do the layering.

    I so agree with Lori S on this. My only other suggestion would be to tear slowly and not rip it fast which prevents the distortion some complain about. I have also done this with my quilting fabric when it seems wonky and off grain. Done this for years without any problems.

    Of course, as with anything with us quilters we all have our opinions about tearing versus cutting. You just need to try it for yourself to see which you are happiest with..

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    I think I will try tearing & see if it makes a difference/ Good information

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnative
    Just curious here ~ Does anyone ever pull a thread and then cut? I remember being taught that in Home Ec or by my mother (maybe both). Pulling a thread shows the grain without the distortion of tearing.
    Only on really heavy fabrics. Tearing doesn't distort fabric enough for me to worry about it.

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