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Thread: Starch before cutting?

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    Super Member azwendyg's Avatar
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    I find that heavyly starching the fabric before cutting makes piecing easier and more accruate for me.

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    Junior Member Old hen's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miss Priss
    Put a peice of tape at your 1/4" line. If it is not exact that is ok, as long as your are consistent lining up at that mark.
    This doesn't hold true if you're piecing small pieces. A quilt instructor once told me that even a thread off in each seam over the length or width of the quilt could amount to over an inch or two in distortion. She said a pattern would tell you to use 1/4" or scant 1/4" and it's best to stay in that range. Starching might help with accuracy.

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    I've not tried it yet, but someone posted a 'tip/dirty little secret' about using a thin coat of contact cement on the back of your ruler to keep it from slipping. Sounds like a good idea to me. And yes, I always starch my fabric and press it before I cut. Keeps it from distorting, really helps with cutting accurately.

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    Senior Member roxie623's Avatar
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    Sandpaper works great. I glued 4 sheets down on the underside of my cuttingmat.
    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    when i need to mark something and the fabric isn't cooperating i put a fine piece of sandpaper under the fabric and then it doesn't move at all.

    i always starch my fabric before cutting.

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