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Thread: Cutting strips

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    Nov 2006
    Does anyone know how to prevent the curve when strips are cut from fabric?


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    cynde's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Do you mean when the ruler shifts? If so, I would suggest you walk your hand along the ruler as you cut:

    Hold the ruler close to you where you are going to start the cut. Cut along the ruler edge until the rotary cutter is about even with your fingertips. Hold the cutter still, then walk your other hand up the ruler, so it is just past where the cutter is. Repeat. I hope that makes sense. With practice, it goes very fast.

    If the fabric is curving near the selvedge, that can be easily remedied by cutting the selvedge off before cutting your strips.

    I hope I have helped.

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    Super Member mimisharon's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Jacksonville, North Carolina
    Cutting multiple folds makes it shift in the middle sometimes so that you get the curve in the middle. If I'm going to be using the strips for peicing what I do is the old start the cut then pull the two piece apart from selvedge to selvedge. When I'm cutting shorter strips I sometimes just cut the folds after ironing the creases in. That way it doesn't shift as badly.

    Make sense?


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    May 2007
    NE Pa.
    I am not sure I can explain how to avoid the curves when cutting fabric, but here goes. I cut from selvedge to selvedge with only one fold in my fabric, in other words approx. 21 - 22 inches long. I put my long ruler on the fabric, take a second ruler, usually 6"sq. ruler and line it up with the fold on the fabric. Then I butt the other ruler up against it, remove the 6" ruler and cut the width of the strip I need. On the very first cut you need to cut a strip a little wider and turn it around so the other side will be straight too. If I am cutting multiple strips, after about 5-6 cuts I again put the 6" sq down to restraighten the fabric. does this make sense to anyone. Marge

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    Super Member ceannastahr's Avatar
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    Dec 2006
    Mt. Morris NY
    One thing that helps is putting those little sandpaper disks on the back of your ruller or cutting strip. Less likely to slip. Also check topic Cutting a straight line on this board .


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