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« on: March 22, 2009 03:45:02 AM »

Hey Smiley
I drafted a pattern last night from an old (really old! I nicknamed it "Thy Holeyness" and it had to die for that sake) Shirt of mine and when I put the paper pattern on the bi-stretch Jersey (I hope that is the correct term) and tried to cut it I realised it's not easy.
I don't have one of those nifty "rolling cutters" yet Sad and I found it almost impossible to cut straight lines with my scissors. The fabric shifted and stretched (although I put some jars on it to keep it in place, of course) and I had to be so incredibly careful not to pull anywhere... I eventually succeded in getting something I could use, but it wasn't half as easy as I thought it would be.
Are there any special tricks? How do you do it? Will it work with one of those rolling cutters anyway or will I encounter the same problem?
Most evil was the attempt to cut bias tape for the neckline. Argh! I still feel slight aggression in my tummy when I think of it. Wink

Any advice from you experienced people would be greatly appreciated!

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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2009 04:23:47 AM »

You did pin the pattern to the knit, didn't you?
When faced with a shifty fabric (that won't behave while I cut it), I place it on a non-slippery surface, and that helps.  I rarely use my cutter, I don't feel comfy using it on large pattern pieces.  But I make sure my scissors are well honed for the job.  That only saves you a lot of trouble.  Sometimes tracing the pattern with chalk first instead of cutting directly from placing it on top of the material helps, because then there is no way to miss the line.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2009 07:46:53 AM »

Pin the pattern? You mean as in "I pretend I am a real seamstress and follow all the rules"? Ummm. No. I guess I also had the wrong paper for that purpose, I used quite crisp and sturdy transparent paper, the sort that architects use. Guess I would have to use a newspaper for that... or just the real thing, pattern paper. I will try next time, thank you!

Ah and for tracing the pattern... I just remember I saw a tool some days ago with which you can roll around the paper and leave a chalk line (the chalk being powder and not stone-like), maybe that would work.

Aaaand I just remembered the thing I was talking about is called rotary cutter and not rolling cutter, lol. Germlish again. Wink

Thanks a lot for your helpful comment!  Smiley

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