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Thread: Making cutting fabric easier

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    Making cutting fabric easier

    Not sure if this is 'news', but it was for me. I was watching Donna at Jordan Fabrics cut some fabric and she used a hand weight - 5lb - on the end of her ruler to keep it in place. I have always had trouble with it moving just a tad until now. It's just a little tip but oh so big if you have a problem getting a straight cut. :-) I've seen where some people fold the fabric twice to make the cutting edge smaller but I would get a bow when I tried this. Hope this helps someone. :-)

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    I started doing this years ago, 5 pound weight because it was what was handy at the time. It does work! When I saw Donna using a weight, I was surprised and let out a big grin!

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    I use many weights in different sizes. Especially when using a bridge ruler connector on long rulers , no more squirley cuts.
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    When I saw Donna use the weight I thought what a great idea. I figured it was a tip of the day for me.

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    I also started using a weight after seeing it on Jordan Fabrics. It works wonders.

    For folding twice and cutting, I was having the same issue as you, so I posted a question. There is lots of good info on my thread, but Prism gave me the exact answer I needed. Maybe it will help you.

    https://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f...r-t264611.html

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    Oh yes, I love my 5 lb weight !

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    I recently saw the video too...I’ll have to try a hand weight when I do my next big cutting project.
    attitude is everything...the rest will fall into place.

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    I use them too......my daughter left a variety of weights from her "weight training days" in her old bedroom when she moved away from home. Her bedroom became my sewing room and her weights became mine....finders keepers! LOL!!!

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    I use two pound weights....much easier to move on and off my cutting ruler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lindaschipper View Post
    I use two pound weights....much easier to move on and off my cutting ruler.
    Glad to hear that two pound weights are heavy enough to work. I have the two pounders but not the five. Going to try it. Yea.

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    Add my name to the fan of this method. I saw it on a Jordan Fabrics video too. I was surprised at how well it worked.

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    This is new tome! Thanks gailpe2018!��
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    Oh wow - great idea. I am going to try this!

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    I use to use my grandmothers's old sad iron. You can use a bacon press, a brick wrapped in pretty duct tape, anything that won't roll. I now use the Quilters Slidelock for the safety and it holds the ruler in place.
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    I use a 4lb weight on the very top of the 6x24 ruler and then use two more 3lb weights down the length of the ruler. Boy, does that really help. Makes cutting much easier.

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    I use a sad iron also. Seems to be heavy enough.
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    Help, I can't find it on her website. What do I look under? Sounds interesting. Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallonquilter View Post
    Help, I can't find it on her website. What do I look under? Sounds interesting. Thank you
    If you’re looking for Donna Jordan check the Jordan Fabrics channel on YouTube. Most of their videos show them using the weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fallonquilter View Post
    Help, I can't find it on her website. What do I look under? Sounds interesting. Thank you

    There is a big Video Tutorial button on top right of their website page. She uses the weights in most of the videos.
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