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Thread: Straight cut

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    Straight cut

    Am doing a wall hanging that requires precision cutting. What is best method to keep material straight? Spray starch, interfacing, or other method? Appreciate any help.
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    I prefer starch. I spray and press each side. I don’t starch anymore after cutting. This really helps on bias edges and squaring up.
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    Make sure that your ruler has some 'finish' on the fabric side that prevents the ruler from slipping. I just got new rulers from Quilters Select [by Alex Anderson] and they have a wonderful gripper on the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Make sure that your ruler has some 'finish' on the fabric side that prevents the ruler from slipping. I just got new rulers from Quilters Select [by Alex Anderson] and they have a wonderful gripper on the back.
    Yes I got a ruler from Quilters Select and I love it!! I don't starch. It is too hard on my skin.

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    And make sure your cutting table doesn't flex in the middle as you press down - resulting in curved cuts. Plastic folding and non-folding tables are notorious for this.
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    Iron, and use a weight on the far end of the ruler. I have a 5 pound kettle bell, and it keeps your ruler from walking away down the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Make sure that your ruler has some 'finish' on the fabric side that prevents the ruler from slipping. I just got new rulers from Quilters Select [by Alex Anderson] and they have a wonderful gripper on the back.
    I love my Quilters Select ruler! I'm planning to add some more of them when I can.
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    Just something to keep in mind is ergonomics. For example, I find I cut best when I am standing. I cut my WoF (width of fabric) strip units while standing with my long ruler, then I can do the subcuts sitting if I wish, or if I'm trying to get in a few more steps or burn an extra 2 calories, sometimes I keep standing. But I have a long torso and proportionately short arms and legs (not so bad as the Geico alligator who can't pick up the check, but you get the idea).

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    For have to be absolutely perfect cuts I use Terial Magic spray. I use it like spray starch.
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    Also have a new blade in your cutter- it’s amazing how much difference it makes to use a new blade
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingVagabond View Post
    And make sure your cutting table doesn't flex in the middle as you press down - resulting in curved cuts. Plastic folding and non-folding tables are notorious for this.
    Very true! This happened to me when I was cutting ontop of my ironing board. Solution: I used double sided tape to stick my mat to a kitchen cutting board that is just the right size. Now I can slap that mat down anywhere and have straight cuts. I still like to cut on my ironing board.

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    Any time I am doing any precision piecing, or working with any kind of bias, I starch the snot out of the fabric before I do any cutting.

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    Are you indicating straight cuts or straight of grain? If straight of grain, have you been sewing long enough that you remember about pulling a thread to get an absolute straight of grain beginning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peckish View Post
    Any time I am doing any precision piecing, or working with any kind of bias, I starch the snot out of the fabric before I do any cutting.
    One spray of Terail Magic and you have fabric that can stand up! I love that stuff.

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