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    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I don't like the mess either but it does cut down on the bulk in the seams
    I agree! I don't cut them off, but don't particularly like them either. Go figure! But you're right, it does cut down on the bulk at the seam. Maybe we should invent a rotary cutter that pinks??!

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    Hello from another N. Indiana quilter.

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    I have never bought a jelly roll but have wondered about the pinked edges. If we can extrapolate from the opinions on this thread, it would seem that the manufacturers don't listen to users' opinions on whether they prefer pinked edges. Ugh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by montanablu
    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I don't like the mess either but it does cut down on the bulk in the seams
    I agree! I don't cut them off, but don't particularly like them either. Go figure! But you're right, it does cut down on the bulk at the seam. Maybe we should invent a rotary cutter that pinks??!

    There are pinked blades available for purchase on rotary cutters. I have one. And I've never used it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by montanablu
    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I don't like the mess either but it does cut down on the bulk in the seams
    I agree! I don't cut them off, but don't particularly like them either. Go figure! But you're right, it does cut down on the bulk at the seam. Maybe we should invent a rotary cutter that pinks??!
    There are pinking blades available for rotary cutters. Check the notions aisle at the fabric stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I always wondered about the measurements too for all those things that came with pinked edges.

    So - the measurement is from tip to tip of the zigzags?
    Welcome! Glad you're here!

    In a perfect world, yes they would measure exactly 2.5" from tip to tip across the middle of the strip. But my experience with them (at least with Moda ones) has been that they are not. They are actually about 2 and 9/16" from tip to tip, which is about 1/16" more than 2.5". That doesn't sound like much, but compounded over say 4 squares that adds up to about a 1/4" difference. So if you try to sew it to an 8.5" unfinished square, you'll have an issue. It's the one thing that makes me go "Grrr" about jelly rolls, otherwise I love them. Every one that I have measured has been like this and I'm using metal rulers, so it's not like my ruler has "shrunk".

    I first noticed it when trying to join large squares to pieced squares from the jelly rolls, which is what made me take a ruler to them. And then I measured another, and another, etc. So beware!
    Might be a good place/time to do a "test sew and measure" with three strips before sewing all of the strips together to see if one ends up with the expected size/width.

    Then, if necessary, one could compensate by moving the needle over one way or another or by "eyeballing" where the pinked edges should be relative to the presser foot edge.

    At least, if all the strips are cut the same width, one would only need to make one adjustment for that batch.

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    I saw a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilting video where the instructor was using JRs joining them in strips. One was pinked and the other was not. She claimed that the pinked edges were "wonderful" because it was easy to put the pinked strip on the top and line it up perfectly to the "unpinked" strip because you can easily see that the points of the "Vs" meet the edge of the straight strip.

    Sounds perfectly logical to me but I've never used them before, didn't know about the fuzz problem or that the measurement is off.

    Also, Missouri Star Quilt Company sells Moda JRs so of course they would promote them.

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    It's not too bad until your top layer has pinked on the right side and your bottom layer has pinked on the top side. Then you have to be really conscious to match up both (without being able to see the bottom one unless you flip it over).

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    Thanks everyone, I am taking notes about the pinked edges. I have not come across any, but if I do I will be prepared and want panic :shock: I can't tell you how many times I have learned something new here. You guys rock making this the best board around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theresa
    Always thought the manufacturer pinked the edges so they wouldn't unravel as much with all the handling to get the product to us. Just a thought...
    Yup you're exactly right. I don't mind pinked edges. Either way, as long as I have more fabric! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by montanablu
    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I don't like the mess either but it does cut down on the bulk in the seams
    I agree! I don't cut them off, but don't particularly like them either. Go figure! But you're right, it does cut down on the bulk at the seam. Maybe we should invent a rotary cutter that pinks??!
    Fiskars and Olfa have them!! You can buy a cutter with that blade, or buy a pinking blade. Got to be easier than those shears!

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    I like the pinked edges. If you line them up to match, then you know you have the two pieces perfectly matched...plus the fabric doesn't ravel as much as a straight cut.

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    [There are pinking blades available for rotary cutters. Check the notions aisle at the fabric stores.]

    I've seen the wavy edged blades, but never a pinking blade. I'll have to look for it = Thanks~

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    I hate those pinked edges! What a mess-fuzz all over me, my machine, carpet....I never could get them to be 2 1/2 inches either because they didn't always measure that. I thought it was just me and my bifocals. Thank you all for making me feel better. I just end up using them in something and then measuring carefully to square up and resew if needed. A pain-I know. Heidi

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    Does anyone know why they "pink" the edges vs. a straight cut? Maybe it is faster? or doesn't ravel as much. They can be annoying.

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    Sorry I don't know. Never tried a jelly roll but will some day.

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    I started as a garment sewer, and I'm so accustomed to the pinked edges that it never occurred to me to wonder how to use them. The same may be true of the jelly roll manufacturers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarge1
    I recently purchased a jelly roll, and the edges of each fabric strip are pinked. How do I begin to use the strips-do I cut off the pinked edges to make them straight for sewing? If I have to do that, it seems more cumbersome than just cutting strips from yardage in the first place. But if I don't cut them, how do I sew without a straight edge?
    Thanks in advance
    Watch this tutorial from missouri star quilt company and she explains lining up Jelly Roll pinked edges to straight edges:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeSrX...layer_embedded

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    I don't mind the pinked edges. I tend to ignore them. Most important thing is to be sure your measurements are consistant throughout, line up accurately, if one edge is pinked and one is not, put the pinked on top to line them up, and keep your 1/4" seam, it should not matter.
    Sometimes I think we overthink this kind of thing.

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    Welcome from Oregon.

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    Welcome newbie! You have found a great forum.

    The pinked edges can be a pain but if you line pinking with pinking or pinking edge to straight edge and make the 1/4" seam from the "top" of the mountain you will get your full measure of the fabric in your charm, jelly roll or layer cake fabric. Good luck!

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    I don't mind the pinked edges. They keep the fabric from raveling. Sometime when i look for a jellyroll I find a lot of strings tangled all over.
    Welcome to the board.

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    That's what I would do. Line up the pinked edges and sew 1/4 in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by montanablu
    Quote Originally Posted by mlaceruby
    I don't like the mess either but it does cut down on the bulk in the seams
    I agree! I don't cut them off, but don't particularly like them either. Go figure! But you're right, it does cut down on the bulk at the seam. Maybe we should invent a rotary cutter that pinks??!

    There are pinked blades available for purchase on rotary cutters. I have one. And I've never used it.
    I have one that I've never used either. Bought it for garment sewing which I seldom do anymore.

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