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Back To The Basics--Have I Been Cutting My Fabric. backwards???

Old 02-03-2014, 08:01 AM
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If you are getting accurate cuts it doesn't matter. I used to use the lines on my mat and found I was getting off cuts so I only use my ruler now and it is much better for accuracy. Being a mile high I have to be careful 'cause the air is thin and the fabric wants to float above the cutting mat. You believe that, right?

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Old 02-03-2014, 08:08 AM
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I just use the mat lines to help line things up but not to square up.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Judi in Ohio View Post
I just got the slideblocs and I love them. They aren't a ruler, but hold the fabric down via little dots that come down when you hold the handle on the slidebloc down. That's done on the right side - then the ruler is slipped over the right edge and you butt the slidebloc up to it and cut. Wonders of wonders, it is wonderful!!!
I also use my slide lock rulers and they are great. You cut on the right and the fabric never slips
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:26 AM
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Use the method that works best for you. It shouldn't matter what other people do. The thing to remember is that you are comfortable cutting the way you cut and trying something new may be okay, but if it doesn't feel right and work well for you, go back to what you have always done.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Elisabrat View Post
if when your done your fabric squares are truly the size you wanted then what the heck who cares? I use the omnigrid ruler not the mat lines but to each his own. I think there really are no quilt police so your probably safe but maybe keep your curtains closed and the front door locked while your cutting just in case.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:57 AM
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I always line my fabric on a mat line and measure width with ruler for either side. Originally I also checked measurement on the mat as well as ruler but told very sharply this wS wrong.
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:40 AM
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I LOVE my SlideLock tools! I had to completely change the way I cut to use them but it was worth it. These tools are pricey but after buying the long one last year at Road 2 CA, I bought the shorter one this year. You use them with the rulers you already have. I am taking more time now when I use them to do my cutting BUT my confidence and my accuracy have improved tremendously. With the price of fabric continuing to rise, I figure I need to "take the time to get it right the first time".
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:13 AM
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If your system works for you, keep using it. If you watch even a few tutorials you find very quickly that even those who teach have their preferred ways. I see so many who say to never use the lines on the mat, but it works for me, so if what I am measuring is more than 5.5 inches, I use the mat lines (Olfa mat). I just make sure that I canter the lines on the ruler with the appropriate line on the mat. One thing I feel is very important is to use a long ruler even to cut smaller units and be sure to keep the length of the line true the full length of the mat and ruler. I do try to keep the bulk of my unit under the ruler as I cut because I think it keeps it from the possibility of slipping.
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Old 02-03-2014, 11:50 AM
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You do whatever works for you. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
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Old 02-03-2014, 01:18 PM
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If you are getting accurate piecing from your fabric cuts, I would not worry about how you cut your fabric. There is always more than one way to do something, if it's working, I wouldn't worry too much about it.
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