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Topic: Help! --- I can't cut straight to save my life!!  (Read 5602 times)
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« on: January 21, 2008 12:02:38 PM »

Not even with rotary cutters.  I tried to make a wallet ALL weekend long, but each one came out misshaped and down right ugly.  How can I cut straight, everything I cut seems to go a little askew.  Are there any tips or tricks to cutting a straight path?  I have a quilters ruler and cutting mat, and sometimes follow a pattern but still no love from the scissors Undecided

« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008 01:59:51 PM »

I have never cut straight.  I cut near straight and clean it up with making my seams straight.

I say don't worry about it.
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2008 12:07:49 AM »

I hear u and rest assured u r not the only one who cant cut straight, i am new to the whole sewing process so just like u cant seem to staright and its very fustraiting!!

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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008 12:12:22 AM »

Yeah, just give yourself an extra big seam allowance, cut as straight as you can, sew the seam straight and then trim your allowance. Don't stress, some fabrics can be especially hard to cut.

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« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2008 10:33:04 AM »

Thanks for the advice.  The extra seam allowance seems like a really good idea.  I made another wallet last night and it looks like I made it while sitting on a hill it's so crooked.  I'm going to make a wallet if it's the last thing I do darn it!  The strange thing is when I make purses or clothes it's really not that bad, but cutting smaller things is killer for me. That includes pockets, curved areas, binding, UGH!
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« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2008 09:36:42 AM »

You may have already tried this to no avail, but just in case you hadn't thought of it I will post it anyway.

What I have done is invested in a large self-healing rotary mat with a grid.  To cut straight, I use two yardsticks to place the fabric down and line it up on the grid.  Then, while having a friend (I've gotten to where I can do it myself) hold the yardstick VERY carefully, I cut using the rotary cutter.  Still not perfect, and impossible for curves, but I get fairly close to straight.
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2008 04:52:08 PM »

Great Tip Leika, I have the self healing mat with grids, but the yard sticks is not one I've tried.  I will give this a shot this weekend cause I'm going to attempt again [probably for the 1000th time] to make a wallet.

« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2008 08:00:17 AM »

I invested in a plastic, see-through, quilting ruler with a lip edge to keep it straight on the edge of the mat (it "hooks" over the edge.) It helps, but practice on scrap for awhile. I got it at Walmart, so it wasn't too expensive.  Still, I am straight lined challenged.  Wink

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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2008 10:52:19 AM »

Here's what I do:

I bought a self healing mat & rotar cutters. I drawn on see-through parchment paper the shape I need to cut out. I do this on the mat to make sure it's strait. The, I place it on the fabric on the mat and cut it out that way. It's not perfect, but it's made life much, much easier for me.
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2008 10:26:20 AM »

I also had a difficult time cutting straight - which was really frustrating trying to make quilt blocks - they came out lop-sided - I realized that if I used spray starch and pressed the fabric well I had better luck getting things straight.  I have also seen people put little drops of hot glue on the underside of their grid ruler - it helps the slipping - good luck!!
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