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    Power cutting

    Has anyone heard of this method of cutting g fabric? I found a video quite by accident today and I am so happy I did. Debbie Caffery has a book or two out on the subject. I liked that after you have squared up your fabric, you cut a big piece and measure off of the squared up side (Left side for rt handers) and slide your ruler left however inches you want your strips. I'm sure that's clear as mud lol.
    Anyway, look it up. The book is Power Cutting. I plan on getting a copy.

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    I cut this way very often. If i know I need 5 strips at 2 1/2", then i cut a piece 12 1/2" and proceed as Debbie does. It means fabric doesn't get moved between cuts and subject to shifting.

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    Yes. Although I think her method was created before the Shape Cut rulers. They take all of the complicated maneuvering out of it. You just put the ruler down once & cut the "0" line & all your subsequent cuts & they are all lined up from the same reference point (just like DC's Power Cutting method).

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    She also has a couple Craftsy classes

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    Yes, I've cut this way. Works OK with strips that are on the inch or half inch mark. Quarter inch measurements are too hard to keep track of.
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    That is interesting. I have done something similar when sub-cutting my bargello strips. I will use a 6" ruler cut on both sides then move and cut again. Never knew there was a name to this technique.
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    It's just another case of someone giving a new, catchy name to something that's been done by thousands of quilters for decades (or more) and then capitalizing on it. Lapinsky did the same thing with 'slow stitch' quilting.
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    I thought we were all powerful cutters.

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    I bought a 60mm rotary cutter this year based on a Judy Niedermaier suggestion with her patterns.

    What a difference when cutting layers. If you have hand or shoulder problems try one before resorting to $500.00 cutting machines!

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    Love, love, love my 60mm rotary cutter LOL!!!

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    I signed up for the craftsy class Cut to it (at least I think that is what it is called). GREAT tips. I am planning to use her method to make the delectable mountains next.

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    interesting you should mention the 60mm. I have one and have never used it. might have to give it a try.

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    I do all my power cutting with my GO Big. It is so easy and so accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro View Post
    interesting you should mention the 60mm. I have one and have never used it. might have to give it a try.
    Same here... the 60mm was the first rotary cutter I purchased back in 2011 and then when I bought the 45mm... I must have buried my 60 somewhere in a drawer. I'll go looking for it today. LOL
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    I've only ever (15 years?) used my 60mm and 28mm for cutting straight lines. I finally broke down and got a 45mm not long ago, but it's only used for the decorative blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KalamaQuilts View Post
    I bought a 60mm rotary cutter this year based on a Judy Niedermaier suggestion with her patterns.

    What a difference when cutting layers. If you have hand or shoulder problems try one before resorting to $500.00 cutting machines!
    Is the 60mm cutter larger or smaller around than the 45mm, I am assuming it is larger, but not sure. What makes it easier or better to cut with?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baconbit View Post
    Is the 60mm cutter larger or smaller around than the 45mm, I am assuming it is larger, but not sure. What makes it easier or better to cut with?
    It's bigger so it makes it easier to cut more layers. It doesn't have to roll as many times during a cut so it actually cuts faster than the smaller sizes. I love mine and use it more than the smaller ones. Try it you'll like it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    It's just another case of someone giving a new, catchy name to something that's been done by thousands of quilters for decades (or more) and then capitalizing on it. Lapinsky did the same thing with 'slow stitch' quilting.
    Debbie Caffreys method is not new i took a class fron her 25 years ago using this method here in Akaska before she moved south. She has at least two books that are good for beginners with many different methods that mske msny blocks easier.

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    It's amazing how old things become new again. 60's styles have been around 2x in my life. Fitted dresses are back in. I just don't have the figure this time around.

    Debbie Caffreys method is so accurate for triangles, flying geese. It's 2-3 templates, used over and over, they're starting to loose the markings.

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    mike'sgirl, a big thanks for posting this!!! I tried it and OMG!!! how can anything so simple be so great and why didn't I think of it before!!That's why I LOVE this Board,always sharing and learning new things!!! THANKS

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