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Thread: cutting the LENGTH of the fabric???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    One of my favorite shops tears the fabric when I buy it. Can I ask for her to cut it without hurting her feelings?
    Oh, Boston first rule of retail sales... the customer is always right... sorry if I sound snarky, but........ I am paying for the material
    if I want it cut, I want it cut. I really don't care if her feelings get hurt.
    I used to make Teddy Bears.. they wanted to tear the fabric. It stretches the next 1" so I put my foot down politely but firmly.. that renders 2" of my 36" unusable and I was paying $20 to $35 per yard. Then they brought out scissors to chop through the nap and all which also "wasted" about an inch of fabric on each end. I then offered to show them how it should be cut so ALL of my purchase was usable. They were a tad miffed at first but when I showed them the difference they understood.. it was that or they could "give" me the extra fabric to make up for rending the edges unusable.. I didn't care which...........or Lose a $60 sale and future business. don't ever be concerned about making a perfectly reasonable request.

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    I tried tearing the length of the fabric once....never again. It did not tear in a straight line and made a huge mess and my fabric as ruined for what I bought it for. :oops:

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    :oops: Another one who tears here :oops:

    I don't hesitate to tear long strips; I like border fabric, for example, and it doesn't leave one room for a whole lot of error. If the fabric is good quality and tightly woven (and I'm not tearing like a banshee :wink: ) I haven't had any problems. I did that on the quilt we use upstairs; it gets washed a couple of times a week, and no problems at all. It was a Moda border print on my Pine Creek Crossing quilt: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/16968.page I also tore the strips on the Poinsettia Quilt top: http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/15262.page

    I have some fabric I bought when I first started quilting that is thin, and feels 'stretchy' to me - I wouldn't even attempt tearing it. Good fabric shouldn't be a problem, tho. JMHO :D

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    Roben -nice quilts


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    I store the strips for the king-size quilt I made. Made my life a lot easier!!

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    beautiful quilts Roben-- hoping to make mine 1 little bit as nice. I did (finally) get my fabric cut. I am not brave enough to try tearing, so I did use my big mat and rotary cutter to cut the lengths for my border. I took my time, and they look straight! Yey for me! Now we'll see how well I cut the fabric for my blocks...

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    You go girl!!! Remember, there are always many ways to accomplish something - just try them until you find what works for you :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrissy in Nisky
    or you could cut one section - move the fabric - cut another section -

    so it's ok to move the fabric? I thought I would make a mess of it and it wouldn't be straight. As for folding it again, I have a pretty tough time with four, let alone 8! :roll:
    DON'T FOLD. Cut one layer only. This is the way I cut borders or anything that needs to be cut on the length of the fabric - they're ALWAYS going to be the same width - so I'm cutting an exact distance away from the edge. That's the easiest kind of cutting. First, I use a tape measure to figure out how LONG the cut is going to be and mark the end of the cut with a safety pin. Cut ONE AT A TIME. Why do I say this? GUESS!!!

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