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Thread: Using Plastic templates for the first time

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    Hi quilters, I am a busy teacher getting back to quilting because I'm off for the summer and have tackled a big project with a lot of cutting. I'm using plastic templates for the first time and find that the rotary cutter slices off bits of it every once in a while so I have to cut new ones. What am I doing wrong. I have hundreds of pieces yet to cut. Thanks.

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    Try a heavier weight template plastic or trace the shape with a washable pen and then cut.

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    i typically trace the template onto the fabric and then i cut it with a standard rotary cutter and ruler.

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    Thank you both for the suggestions. I will trace them and use a ruler to cut. I had already bought heavier plastic so knew I wasn't doing it right.

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    You can put the ruler over the edge of the template and then cut, save you from having to trace the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    You can put the ruler over the edge of the template and then cut, save you from having to trace the design.
    This is what I do too! I find ways to shortcut as well. For example a diamond template I measure the width, cut strips then use the template under my ruler to cut from the stips.

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    Thanks Bellaboo and Feline Fanatic. Actually, that's what I ended up doing. I tried marking it and it didn't show up well enough. By the way, I'm a feline fanatic, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by calico
    Thanks Bellaboo and Feline Fanatic. Actually, that's what I ended up doing. I tried marking it and it didn't show up well enough. By the way, I'm a feline fanatic, too.
    There are a lot of us here! :lol:

    My avatar is my Maine Coon, Finnigan when he was a kitten, believe it or not. He was only 6 months old when that pic was taken. I have 4 other cats too.

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    I trace and the cut with rotary cuter & ruler. I've wasted alot of plastic one trying to cut around them

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    He's a pretty cat. We have two but would have more if our big guy would tolerate other cats.

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    Thanks, Beverly. I have already trimmed down the diamond shaped template and then sliced it in two when I was cutting the strips. It's now reinforced with good old duct tape.

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    You also might try a really small rotary cutter to go around the templates. This will give you a little more control over where you are actually cutting.

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    I've also read, that if your template is not thick enough, to double it - cut another and glue together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltncrazy
    I've also read, that if your template is not thick enough, to double it - cut another and glue together.
    great tip thanks for sharing

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    I haven't used the thin plastic template material for a while for that reason. I did find that putting the grabber circles on the template material and then using my ruler to cut against helped. The grabber things keep the template material from sliding around and getting "trimmed" with the rotary cutter. Stips cutting and good rulers are the way I go now. :lol:

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    you can get sandpaper that has a sticky back to it. That's what I use I also use a paper punch to make my dots. Put a dot on each corner of the template and no more shifting.

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