Sunday, 17 June 2012

GETTING IT STRAIGHT

This is showing you how I cut strips from fabric. It does not mean you have to do it this way, I am only showing what works for me. You may have a different way of cutting and that is fine, I don't profess to be right, I try to help that's all.
OK here we go...
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You know when you buy fabric it sometimes gets torn instead of cut straight with a rotary cutter, this is what it looks like, it is skewed at the top can you see, click on the picture...

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A closer picture for you....all pictures taken by my GD Rebecca, some are at a strange angle!!!!! Sorry.
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 Even closer, now you can see the discrepancy....

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 Get hold of the fabric and jiggle the edges until the selvages are together in a perfect !!! straight line, now you can quite clearly see the discrepancy...
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You are now ready to cut it, use the full length of your longest ruler to do this...

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Spot the deliberate mistake?????  Hand is wrong......Why you ask????

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Correct hand position...dodgy photo, see next one...

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Look at my fingers...THREE on the ruler TWO off, it is for stability, this is how I was taught to use the ruler and cutter and I find it works for me, if your whole hand is on the ruler, it will slip...
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Strip has been cut with a rotary cutter with a sharp blade...

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See, nice and straight in the middle...

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I did it again but deliberately did this for you to see what to do when this happens...
The dreaded Vee, can you see the difference...

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The rotary cutter is laying at the middle of the fabric for you to see the Vee...

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Take your longest ruler and lay it so the ruler edge lays along the straight parts of the fabric, the VEE bit will stick out, can you see what I mean?
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Cut this piece off, your fabric is now straight and you can go and cut your strips or whatever...
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Just like this, it is a 2 1/2" strip, just as a tester for you...

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There you go that is the middle showing and it is nice and straight.
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I would suggest that after every 4 - 5 strips you cut, you re-align the fabric from the beginning to make sure you do not have that dreaded VEE. Then resume cutting.

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If you have washed your fabric and find the selvage has gone all shrunken on you, all you have to do is snip into it every 3 - 4" and continue as above from 1.. onwards.


 As I said, this works for me, I have cut several layers at once, up to 16 layers when doing Log Cabins, cos it gets really boring cutting the same thing over and over. Nowadays though I tend to limit myself up to 8 layers, my wrists do not have the strength to hold a higher amount steady anymore. I hope you have found it useful.
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1 comment:

somewhereinstitches said...

thanks never saw the ruler hand layout before makes sense thanks
Deb Kelly