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« on: July 07, 2008 11:30:43 AM »

Is there anything other than a special 'cutting mat' that can be used as a base to cut fabric with a rotary cutter?  I'm cutting long (appx 56") strips of fabric and I don't think they make cutting mats that long.  Any other (better) way to get a long straight line?  I try marking along the tape measure w/ chalk, but my lines are never accurate.  Any clever suggestions??

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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 12:42:50 PM »

Could you fold your fabric a few times to make the length shorter?  As long as your blade is sharp it's easy to cut through 4 layers or so of most fabrics.

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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 02:02:46 PM »

If it's cotton or cotton blend, why not just tear them?  I used to work in a fabric store where I was taught to tear cotton wovens instead of cutting them.  It works, believe me and saves hours of tedium. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 08:29:59 PM »

you could use one of those chalk lines people use for marking straight lines on sheet rock.

« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2008 07:01:40 AM »

you could use one of those chalk lines people use for marking straight lines on sheet rock.

I wouldn't, some of those chalk colors can stain really badly.

I have done the folding fabric technique a lot, as long as you really line it up correctly & square everything, it's fine. I usually use a T-square when I do to assure a straight cut. If your ruler is off you get a zig zag piece of fabric instead of a straight one. The less folds you make, the smaller the room for error.

Oh, they do make cutting mats that big, but it gets very expensive. My friend with the tee shirt shop has her whole work table covered in that stuff, spent about $250 to get it that way.

And this may sound silly but, have you tried scissors instead? I find if I'm not using a straight edge or guide of some sort, I can't cut squat wit a rotary cutter.
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2008 11:20:53 AM »

Rotary cutting mats come in all sizes.  I have one that is 42 inches wide and 74 inches long.  It just depends on where you shop and what you are willing to pay.
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