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Thread: Cutting

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    Super Member MommaDorian's Avatar
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    This may seem like a silly question. How do I measure for something that's wider than my ruler/cutting board. IE, I need 8" strips for my pillowcases. My ruler is only 6" wide. What nifty little trick am I missing? :)

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    ALthough you aren't supposed to, I use the lines on my cutting board and I've never had a problem.

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    Fold the fabric in half and cut 4"

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    If it is bigger than your cutting board, I would mark it with chalk and a tape measure then draw a line with your cutting board. If you don't have many use shears or move it over and just use your cutting board and ruler with rotary cutter. Good Luck!

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    My answer is completely different. Buy a wider ruler! I'm not as clever as the others :D

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    some use two rulers. sliding an extra ruler over two more inches adn cutting, and then moving the extra ruler up as you cut to maintain a straight cut.

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    You can use two rulers side by side, or I have an Omnigrip 8 1/2" x 24".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    My answer is completely different. Buy a wider ruler! I'm not as clever as the others :D
    You are my kinda gal!! ;)

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    I almost always use two rulers, one to measure across, the other one to measure down.

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    There are a few tricks to it, but you can, if very careful, fold the fabric and get it aligned straight, and cut the folded material in such a way as to get a really straight strip out of it.

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    I have terrible luck cutting larger fabric pieces. The June Taylor Shape Cut ruler is worth buying. JoAnn's, online if a store is not close to you, using a coupon will be the best place to buy one. Get the largest size you can afford.

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    I think you need a tape measure :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Char
    I think you need a tape measure :)
    Maybe I need bigger cutting mats and rulers too. lol I'll be sure to put that request in to my husband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have terrible luck cutting larger fabric pieces. The June Taylor Shape Cut ruler is worth buying. JoAnn's, online if a store is not close to you, using a coupon will be the best place to buy one. Get the largest size you can afford.
    I like it!! Where do you all get your coupons? Does JoAnn's have coupons you can use on their website? I live at least 60 miles from the closest one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    My answer is completely different. Buy a wider ruler! I'm not as clever as the others :D
    That was my first thought. Being in the Upholstery business for 20 something years, I have quite a few rulers and scissors..LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have terrible luck cutting larger fabric pieces. The June Taylor Shape Cut ruler is worth buying. JoAnn's, online if a store is not close to you, using a coupon will be the best place to buy one. Get the largest size you can afford.
    I like it!! Where do you all get your coupons? Does JoAnn's have coupons you can use on their website? I live at least 60 miles from the closest one.
    Yes, you can use them online. I signed up for them at the store, but there is probably a way to do it online, too. I will warn you that I does take them time to process the request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have terrible luck cutting larger fabric pieces. The June Taylor Shape Cut ruler is worth buying. JoAnn's, online if a store is not close to you, using a coupon will be the best place to buy one. Get the largest size you can afford.
    I like it!! Where do you all get your coupons? Does JoAnn's have coupons you can use on their website? I live at least 60 miles from the closest one.
    You can sign up for them on their website, also for their sale emails :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by MommaDorian
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I have terrible luck cutting larger fabric pieces. The June Taylor Shape Cut ruler is worth buying. JoAnn's, online if a store is not close to you, using a coupon will be the best place to buy one. Get the largest size you can afford.
    I like it!! Where do you all get your coupons? Does JoAnn's have coupons you can use on their website? I live at least 60 miles from the closest one.
    You can sign up online for their newsletter and coupons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kclausing
    Fold the fabric in half and cut 4"
    Ditto :)

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