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Thread: What does your LQS do? Tear or cut?

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    When you buy fabric from your LQS, do they tear or cut?

    Do you personally have a strong preference for one or the other?

    And if you do, and what you prefer is NOT what your LQS does, what happens then?

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    The cut, and that is what I am happy with.

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    They cut and that is how I would prefer they do it.

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    I wonder if this is a regional thing. I've gone to A LOT of quilting stores in Washington, probably nearly all of them in Western Washington, and quite a few in Oregon, and I've only been to one that tears. Frankly, I was stunned and I didn't like it at all.

    The next time I went to that shop, quite a distance from home, the batiks were on sale. I picked a large number of bolts, had hubby also carry a large number of bolts, put them on the counter and requested that they cut the fabric rather than tear it. They said they "could not" cut it, so I let them keep it. :shock: I was so annoyed we went to the shop two blocks down (the only other fabric shop in town) and bought A LOT of fabric which they were happy to cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    They said they "could not" cut it, so I let them keep it.
    Good for you! I'd have done the same thing. Tearing lengthwise is fine and I do that for borders, but tearing fabric crosswise really stretches it out of shape and you'd lose inches before you even prewash/preshrink it.

    Here there are a few shops that cut with scissors claiming it's safer for their clerks, but they never cut as straight as those that use rotary cutters. None of them rip around here (NH).

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    Every quilt store I've ever been to, mostly in the SF Bay Area, cuts. Every show I've been to I've only seen cutting. I think I'd pass out if iI saw them tearing. something about it just doesn't sit right with me - seems almost sacreligious.

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    I prefer cut fabric. all those threads everywhere doesn't appeal to me at all. that's how I cut my thumb with my rotary cutter. i tore fabric and then tried to trim the edge with my long ruler but had it turned to the side that did not have the guard i'd put on it!

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    Our LQS cuts fabric. I would hate for someone to pull on the fabric to tear it, might stretch it out of proportion.

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    My local quilt shop rotary cuts my fabric. :D
    Chain fabric store in my area rips. :cry:

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    One lqs used to tear, but has gone to rotary cutting, thank goodness. All others I've been to cut.

    Whenever I think of tearing fabric, my mind pictures pioneer women tearing the ruffle off of their petticoats to make bandages.

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    Mine around here cut. Some with the rotary cutter others with scissors. I have been to places that tear, even one of the vendors at The International Quilt Festival in Long Beach tore their fabrics.

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    Gayle,

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    Shops here cut--scissors and rotary. I visited a shop in VA years back. They rotary cut the regular bolts but tore the wide backing material.

    Come to think of it, it happened like that too in a shop I visited in PA too.

    I have no real "preference" per se, just accustomed to cutting since that's been the norm.

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    Interesting enough, I frequent two Amish stores. (Perhaps one is Mennonite), one cuts, the other tears.
    The one says it gives a more precision cut, the other says it is the true straight of the grain.

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    I prefer to have it torn so it is on the straight of the crosswise grain. Most stores here don't do it, so I just live with off-grain fabric. :?

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    around here they cut, I tear before I sew so I have a straight grain.

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    here they cut and that is what I prefer ! the sound when they rip just doen't sit well with me :?
    Sharon

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    I prefer to have my fabric cut.

    I've been tearing 15-18 inch lengths of muslin off the six yard piece I bought for the "Dear Jane" blocks i've been making - it really doesn't seem to afflict it very much and I've been able to press the ends so they aren't ruffled.I estimate that I'm losing less than 1/4 inch on each torn end.

    In my opinion, the grain of the fabric is the grain of the fabric regardless of whether it's cut or torn. When it's torn, the crosswise grain is more obvious, but tearing it doesn't make it straight if it's off-grain to begin with.

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    A shop I visited recently cut the printed material and ripped the batiks.

    I always understood that ripping would keep things on grain. but might release fibers and chemicals in the air which might bother those with allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltluvr
    Shops here cut--scissors and rotary. I visited a shop in VA years back. They rotary cut the regular bolts but tore the wide backing material.

    Come to think of it, it happened like that too in a shop I visited in PA too.
    Hmmm... any off-grain issue will be multiplied by the width of the fabric, so it probably makes sense to be doing tearing with the wide backings.

    And yet... supposing it was off-grain, you'd now have a very large diamond-shaped piece of fabric for your backing. So you'd better wash it, right? So that it straightens out before assembly?

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    Mine rotary cuts. I went to one store and they tore....I won't ever go back. I asked them to cut and they wouldn't.

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    The two I go to cut

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    I wonder if this is a regional thing. I've gone to A LOT of quilting stores in Washington, probably nearly all of them in Western Washington, and quite a few in Oregon, and I've only been to one that tears. Frankly, I was stunned and I didn't like it at all.

    The next time I went to that shop, quite a distance from home, the batiks were on sale. I picked a large number of bolts, had hubby also carry a large number of bolts, put them on the counter and requested that they cut the fabric rather than tear it. They said they "could not" cut it, so I let them keep it. :shock: I was so annoyed we went to the shop two blocks down (the only other fabric shop in town) and bought A LOT of fabric which they were happy to cut.
    Way to go, Girl ! :thumbup:

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    We only cut. On the line a single layer at a time, for panels or prints with a definite horizontal design or checks & plaids. Straight across for anything else.

    As a shop, you have to pick one or the other. If you alternated between cutting and tearing you would greatly increase waste and therefore cost.

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    They cut, but I prefer they tear. They never cut very straight, I can't tell you how many times I have got home with less than what I purchased. Now I make them remeasure. I like a few xtra inches because, I tear it for long strips and if they cut it you lose when you tear your borders and backs.

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