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Thread: Accuquilt rag die vs. rag snips

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    Accuquilt rag die vs. rag snips

    I recently made a rag quilt with the Accuquilt rag die cut by my LQS then later made one with rag snips that I cut on my own. The one cut with the die was nice since I didn't have to do it but I kept sewing small bits of fringe in the seam which I later had to rip out and resew. I also keep worrying that I would not incorporate the cuts outside of the seam which would unravel later. The rag snips took more time but was pieced together more easily. Anyone have a preference for one vs. the other or any suggestions on how to make the die work better.

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    I have never used the snips but I did make a quilt using the Accuquilt Go Rag die. When I cut my squares, I cut 2 of flannel and one of cotton at the same time so my squares were already sandwiched and I didn't have to put them together. I also put a page from a magazine on the die before I put my 3 layers of fabric on. It seemed to lessen the amount of threads that got caught in the die. When I sewed them together, I just placed the outside edge of my pressure foot at the inside edge of the cuts. I did have a couple of the snips that got caught up in the seam but I didn't worry about them. It still ragged nicely and by placing the sewing seam where I did, I don't have any fear of them loosening or coming out from fraying. I have nerve issues in my hands so cutting the snips by hand with scissors isn't an option for me.
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    After using my rag die, I would never take the time to cut all those little snips myself! I have done 2 that were cut with the die and had no problems at all catching the fringe in the seams--I make sure everything is nice and smooth before I start sewing them together and sew away.
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    I put pre cut batting and both sides of the rag at the same time with my Go. I put a thin sheet of paper over the die before the fabric. Batting is cut to fit the squares not the fringe, so the blade never cuts the batting. The strands stay together when sewing and I use a twin needle so I have two rows of stitching next to the 'rag' edge.
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    I didn't have any problems with sewing the die cut ones. You could always use blue painters tape to hold it down while you sew if that is the problem. I would never make on it I had to snip all those squares by myself.
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    Love the snips best..rag quilts dont require precision like piecing so i rather snip afterward now that they have spring loaded snips..easier on the hands.

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    Looks like I am going to have to watch for the sale coupons at JoAnns!! You all have answered a question (again) that I have been tossing around in my head, if I could use an Accuquilt for cutting a rag quilt quilt. Thanks again for all of the knowledge you have and the questions you answer.

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    Thanks for all the ideas. Good to know about the paper on the die before cutting. I think I also separated the two layers after they were cut which probably allowed them to not lie flat and get in the seam. Definitely easier on the hands with the Go!

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    Has anyone tried sewing the "x" then cutting on the die? Do you think that would work?

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    Great idea Mathteacher. I don't see why that won't work to save all the snipping by hand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathyjg View Post
    Looks like I am going to have to watch for the sale coupons at JoAnns!! You all have answered a question (again) that I have been tossing around in my head, if I could use an Accuquilt for cutting a rag quilt quilt. Thanks again for all of the knowledge you have and the questions you answer.
    Since this was posted nine months ago, kathyjg has probably figured it out...The Accuquilt dies are excluded on the Joannes coupons. They do go on sale now and then. Usually only like 25%, but sometimes more on the big holidays.
    I still like the Accuquilt though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I put pre cut batting and both sides of the rag at the same time with my Go. I put a thin sheet of paper over the die before the fabric. Batting is cut to fit the squares not the fringe, so the blade never cuts the batting. The strands stay together when sewing and I use a twin needle so I have two rows of stitching next to the 'rag' edge.
    Bellaboo what a great idea!! Why didn't i think of that. Probably gives a nice finished look
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    I have always cut my squares with a rotary cutter. Had no issues.
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    I don't pick out the threads from the rag die. They will come out on their own while using. I too, cut my batting to fit the square not the snips. I use very thin batting or flannel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I put pre cut batting and both sides of the rag at the same time with my Go. I put a thin sheet of paper over the die before the fabric. Batting is cut to fit the squares not the fringe, so the blade never cuts the batting. The strands stay together when sewing and I use a twin needle so I have two rows of stitching next to the 'rag' edge.
    Twin needle - great idea 👍

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    I was just watching video tutorials on this, but I'm thinking doing it the old fashioned way looks easier to me. I layer my fabrics after pressing and cut all layers at once with the rotary cutter so the squares are all ready to sew. I don't really mind cutting with the springloaded snips all that much, but I do like the uniformity of the accuquilted squares. I can chain piece vs stopping and starting and back tacking, and they don't seem to have the size die I'm looking for? I start with a 6.5" square with a 3/4" fringe to maximize amount of fabric used and since the finished squares are smaller, they don't seem to require the "X" sewn in the middle.

    I took a break from traditional quilting during the holidays as we had a lot of remodeling done and I couldn't concentrate, so I started making rag quilts...now I'm addicted! On my first recent rag quilt I used the batting in the middle, not extending into the fringe, with cotton outsides. I hac a very difficult time keeping my sewing machine foot level with the batting being smaller and I wanted a little more fluff, so I started using flannel in the middle, cut to the same size as the square including fringe; cotton on outsides, and liked that much better. I'm now toying with the idea of one layer cotton on one layer of cute printed flannel to conserve fabric a little.

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    Quote Originally Posted by omaluvs2quilt View Post
    I was just watching video tutorials on this, but I'm thinking doing it the old fashioned way looks easier to me. I layer my fabrics after pressing and cut all layers at once with the rotary cutter so the squares are all ready to sew. I don't really mind cutting with the springloaded snips all that much, but I do like the uniformity of the accuquilted squares. I can chain piece vs stopping and starting and back tacking, and they don't seem to have the size die I'm looking for? I start with a 6.5" square with a 3/4" fringe to maximize amount of fabric used and since the finished squares are smaller, they don't seem to require the "X" sewn in the middle.

    I took a break from traditional quilting during the holidays as we had a lot of remodeling done and I couldn't concentrate, so I started making rag quilts...now I'm addicted! On my first recent rag quilt I used the batting in the middle, not extending into the fringe, with cotton outsides. I hac a very difficult time keeping my sewing machine foot level with the batting being smaller and I wanted a little more fluff, so I started using flannel in the middle, cut to the same size as the square including fringe; cotton on outsides, and liked that much better. I'm now toying with the idea of one layer cotton on one layer of cute printed flannel to conserve fabric a little.
    You might try using a blind hem foot where the batting edge makes a bump. I agree those darn rag quuilts are positively addictive!

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    You could put a piece of painter's tape or removable tape down the row of snips to hold them in place while you sew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kathyjg View Post
    Looks like I am going to have to watch for the sale coupons at JoAnns!! You all have answered a question (again) that I have been tossing around in my head, if I could use an Accuquilt for cutting a rag quilt quilt. Thanks again for all of the knowledge you have and the questions you answer.
    The coupons at JoAnns cannot be used for Accuquilt products. You should watch the Accuquilt site for sales.

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    I have to be cautious with my wrists - I'm a programmer so I do a lot of typing and I'm prone to tendon inflammation in my wrists if I overdo things. SO...I made ONE rag quilt with the snips and it made me completely miserable. My arm ached for weeks and I didn't even do a very thorough job snipping so it doesn't look that great. I used spring-loaded snips and everything.

    I am working on a rag quilt that I've die-cut but I haven't gotten to the real sewing yet. My test pieces look good though; I think I'm going to like this method a LOT better. My wrists are already thanking me!

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