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dbh2ppa
« on: October 28, 2007 07:18:27 PM »

Hi ^^ I know this is a newbie question, but I can't find the answer to it Sad
Maybe, since english is not my first language, the question isn't clear enough so:
Say you have the pieces of the pattern in paper, and you need to pin it to the fabric to copy them to the fabric and cut it... How do you pin it? I'v tried every possible way I can think of, and the pins always deform the fabric, and I'm afraid that'll make the pieces the wrong shape... how do I pin it to avoid that? Or am I worrying about nothing?
I'm working with gabardine... does that make it any different? Is it a difficult fabric to work with as a begginer?
I know the question isn't all that clear, but if you understand it, I'll thank you forever for answering ^^
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cliff
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2007 07:32:13 PM »

How do you mean it distorts the fabric? I usually just try to pin in the seam allowances. Are you trying to pin too much fabric? sometimes when my fabric is really thick I just catch the top layer.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2007 08:59:55 PM »

gabardine shouldn't be too much of an issue : )

When I started cutting patterns I always used a dictionary, the Expanded Oxford to be specific, it weighs about 10 pounds.

I smoothed my fabric, plasced my piece carfully then plopped that big 'ol book right in the center to keep things from wiggling on me as I pinned.

Always pin so that the point is aimed at the cutting edge, this makes your pull toward the outside of the piece. Corner pins should point at the point of the corner. Pin about 1/2 an inch from where you will be cutting is safe, closer if you dare.

I do my opposite ends or corners then fill in the sides from the center out.

Always put more pins on tight curves than you think, they need 'em.

I removed the book before cutting unless it was really slide-y stuff like satin.
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dbh2ppa
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2007 05:19:08 PM »

Thanks ^^ I think I've got it now... not perfectly, but getting there Xd
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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2007 03:06:54 PM »

A side benefit to pinning so the point is aimed at your cutting line is: you are a lot less likely to cut, stab or otherwise injure your hands while cutting.

A common bad practice of pinning parallel to the cutting line also often results in scrapes & stabs while cutting.

Things like corduroy are nice to cut because two pieces facing each other tend to grab a little & not shift. It's nice for practice.

Your issues also may be related to your scissors and not your pinning technique. If your scissors are dull, cheapos, or both you will be pushing, pulling & trying to force that fabric way too much, resulting in poorly cut pices.

Here's my ponitifating about scissors:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=200625.0

And more specifics about tools and scissors:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=191225.10
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