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Thread: avoiding cutting problems

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    Hello there,
    can someonne with better experience tell me how i can avoid the V-cut?
    it is given me a lot of trouble. Im newbie :D

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    I'm not sure I understand what the problem is?

    Can you describe what you're doing and what happens? :-)

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    Hi! and welcome!

    if that's the same as the 'dog-leg' when cutting strips, i was taught to place a square ruler along the edge of the fold and then line up my 5" by 22" along side of it. then cut.

    it's worked well for me!

    this site shows the layout of the rulers - in case you're visual like me!

    http://www.scrapquilts.com/rotary_cut_strips.html

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    Thanks a bunch I have been having the same problem. I also am a newbie and yesterday was a day from H~ll. Nothing I cut was straight.

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    Thanks alot
    i think i'll try that during my free time

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    Even the pros have the dreaded V problem at times. It takes very accurate placement of the ruler and the folding of the fabric. The least expensive tool to try first is the one I had great luck with; the June Taylor Shape Cut. I then went to the Shape Cut Pro for 44" strips and then on to the Alto Quilt Cut2 and now finally settled on the AccuQuilt die cut machine. I'm getting old so I can splurge on quilting whims.
    :lol:

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    Yes the fold is the key. ignore the cut edge. It can be difficult if you are like me and the bit of scrap you will make by straighting will bother you but it is the only way to combat the "V"

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    I look at my fold first. It needs to hang free and straight. If it looks a little twisted, move the fabric until it looks flat and straight. Then place the fabric down and cut. The edge may noy be straight when you first look, but then you cut it straight.

    Clear as mud?

    Maria

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    When you get the fold straight is about the time you wished you bought an extra six inches. Some fabrics end up WAY off!

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    I make sure my fold is straight. And everyone is so right about sometimes its cut way off kilter. Than I cut all the excess off ( and sometimes it seems like a lot ) I use that cut as my guide for cutting the rest of the strips. Works for me.

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    I snip into the selvage on one side (close to the cut edge), then rip the cut edge off. You end up with a little bit of a lasagna edge, but at least it's straight. From there, you can work at pressing the fabric straight and flat. And selvage edges should lay on top of each other when the fabric is folded in half lengthwise and the ripped edge is on top of itself.

    Sometimes, easier said then done, I know. But that straight edge is true, and dampened fabric can be manipulated to be straight, then dry ironed. Well worth the extra time. That first straight edge, gets you off to a great start.





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    I cut my strips on the lengthwise grain. I THINK I learned that from a Marti Mitchell book.

    Even with starting with the selvage as my first guide line, I find it necessary to retrue the strips every so often.

    Also, the folding of the fabric is very important. I ignore the cut ends - they end where they end - but I try to have the main folds parallel to each other.
    And the I try to have the ruler lined up with the folds.

    This also is probably clear as mud.

    I've found that sometimes when fabric is processed the grain lines are distorted. I wash and dry them, and then see what I have. If it is extremely off-grain, I won't use it.

    I hate the zig-zag cuts.

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    i use the june tailor shape cut too when cutting strips. its faster and very accurate.

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    The key to cutting folded fabric into strips without a "V" in the middle is to make sure that you are cutting exactly a 90-degree angle to the fold. The fold can be anywhere in the fabric (even bias!). As long as you make sure that your cutting ruler is exactly 90-degrees from the fold, you will have a straight strip.

    There are different ways to make sure that your ruler is exactly 90 degrees to the fold. What I do is use another ruler -- straight, square, or triangle -- and butt it up to my cutting ruler. If the line of the fold matches the line on the second ruler, and if that second ruler is butted up perfectly to my cutting ruler, I know there will be no "V". It helps if the secondary ruler is long enough to allow you to line up at least 12 inches of the fold and tall enough to butt against your ruler for 12 inches; the longer each of these is, the more likely you are to be accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I make sure my fold is straight. And everyone is so right about sometimes its cut way off kilter. Than I cut all the excess off ( and sometimes it seems like a lot ) I use that cut as my guide for cutting the rest of the strips. Works for me.
    Exactly how I do it too, well explained littlehud!

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    Thanks for the tips. I'm getting experience evryday!!

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    I discovered something new!! there are times we get multiple V-Cuts which results from folding the fabric twice and through four layers. You fold the fabric selvage to selvage. Then fold the selvage over to meet the original fold, always checking that you have folded evenly by laying the ruler on the fabric aligning one of the inch lines with one fold. The measurement at the other edge of the fabric should be the same all the way across the width of your ruler.
    it's easy to see and get through haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The key to cutting folded fabric into strips without a "V" in the middle is to make sure that you are cutting exactly a 90-degree angle to the fold. The fold can be anywhere in the fabric (even bias!). As long as you make sure that your cutting ruler is exactly 90-degrees from the fold, you will have a straight strip.
    ALWAYS !!! REMEMBER the above words ... until I read those words, I couldn't have articulated the point. Excellent!

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    Thanks again. I will try this and see if I can get it straight this way. :roll: :roll:

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    Great tips!!

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    I was actually cutting borders today so these tips came in handy. I usually use the method of holding my breath and praying, LOL. Today all was well, so I guess it worked!

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    good deal!
    It is so satisfying to know that one gets helped, and to know where you can go to get that help!

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    Such great information! You can't BUY this information, you have to learn it! Thanks! :lol:

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    jeez CindyBee I hope you didn't pass out from holding your breath. But I know what you mean, sometimes you just wonder if you should make that first cut................

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