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    Senior Member SWEETPEACHES's Avatar
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    Would you return this fabric?

    It's taking forever to get it squared up and I'm losing so much fabric. The long piece is squared up, the short piece isn't.
    It curves to the left, can you see that?
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    i think that if the will let you return it, i would try. its not fair to lose that much fabric!!
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    I sure would try to return it. Good luck.

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    If you can't return it try blocking it and see if you can get it to straighten out some. Dampen the fabric and push pin it onto some cardboard pulling on the curved edge gently allow to dry completely before removing the pins. It might help, good luck.
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    I find plaids and stripes are seldom printed straight. I don't know if you can return cut fabric but you could ask. I usually try for patterns that I don't need to watch the direction for problem fabrics. Good luck.

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    Mamabear61 has the right idea. Most plaids and strips don't read straight. THis is probably old info so please be understanding.

    I never rotory cut anything with a stripe. I always hand cut following a selected line and then pin to ironing board, dampen a little and work it to be straight, repining as you need to. Let it dry and you are ready to work with it.

    If the fabric is too crooked, return it if possible, which I doubt 'cause this problem usually comes with the territory of the way stripes and plaids work.

    Hope it works out for you.
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    If the plaid is printed on, it may never "straighten" up. If it's woven, then try wetting it and blocking it straight. Did you buy it online or in person??
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    If you cut it and let the chips fall - it will look gorgeous. The all don't have to be perpendicular - but it could also be my personality type. My first quilt I ever made was the log cabin using all plaids. I remember the teacher specifically say don't even try to line up plaids.

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    I think I would try to return it if they will let you!!!!

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    If you can't return it, I would definitely soak it in hot water, roll it up in a towel so that it's not sopping and then block it like you would a knit sweater. Otherwise, just cut it into strips as is and use in a strip quilt where it's not important that the lines be straight.
    A fabric stash is always missing that one fabric needed to finish the quilt on which you're working.

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    If it's printed, I don't think that blocking it is going to help all that much, (but it won't hurt either). This is why I avoid buying plaids, stripes, even small repetitive prints. Drives me nuts if it's cut off pattern.
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    It is hard to find a plaid or stripe absolutely straight. I bought medallion fabaric and spent $$$ on all the fabric needed for a pattern. The medallion squares were not straight. I purchased an 11 1/2" square ruler just to make perfect cuts and they are still off. I knew if I bought more fabric I would still have the same problem. I just went ahead with the quilt top and overall am pleased with the results. If you can get a refund or exchange go for it. If not I would go ahead with the ideas posted. Good Luck to you!
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    That's why I very rarely buy plaids or stripes. I would try blocking it the way others have suggested. I doubt they will take it back.

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    if you can't return it... a short time ago, someone posted a picture of a double wedding ring with plaids in the arcs... crookedness wouldn't show there. sorry you're having a problem with it.
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    This is the reason I don't buy many plaids or stripes.
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    I would spray it with water and then iron it into shape. This can work but often plaids and strips are crooked on the bolt. They tend to stretch them too much and also don't cut them straight. Some don't give a damn they just want to make a sale.

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    Here's the result of the crooked fabric

    I kept it bc I couldn't remembered where I ordered it from. so.. it's ok
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    I have found that you can use the "wavy/unsquared" plaids in things taht aren't squared blocks...use them on point blocks and it's not quite so noticable or use the fabric in applique" designs. Many times the plaids and stripes( especially crosswise) are not straight on the grain...go figure! You'd think the manufacturer would check this out, but then I don't think anyone has a "proofer" now days...and so much is made in other countries and for a dollar a day, they don't care about quality. Glad your bag turned out well. Cute purse!
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    I would certainly try to return it. I am a Longarm quilter and find so many fabrics that are off grain. Even if it is not obvious, it will cause your quilt not to lay or hang evenly.

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    I was reading all the post to learn what to do if I had this problem. I was super glad to see your bag! Your plaids look great. I'm glad you could make the fabric work.
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    I remember in home economics we were told to lightly pull the corners on a bias and give it a few tugs. This may help straighten the top right corner. (?) I'm not sure you can return fabric once you have cut into it.

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    hey, it worked out great in spite of the frustration! beautiful purse

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    If you grab opposite ends and pull it will straighten out. An old trick I learned years ago in Home Ec.

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    [QUOTE=SWEETPEACHES;5708319]It's taking forever to get it squared up and I'm losing so much fabric. The long piece is squared up, the short piece isn't.

    Return it ASAP I sure would you pay for quality not poor quality.
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