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Old 03-29-2019, 09:38 AM
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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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Old 03-29-2019, 10:59 AM
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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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Old 03-29-2019, 02:06 PM
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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.
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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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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Old 03-30-2019, 06:42 AM
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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).

I have a tall friend and she finds her kitchen counter is the right height to give her the results and control she wants.
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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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Old 03-30-2019, 12:13 PM
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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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