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will sawyer
(wjsawyer) - F

Locale: Connecticut
Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 08:40:36 MDT Print View

Any tips or tricks?

How do you measure out and cut a large piece of fabric, say for a quilt?
tape the fabric corners to the floor, trace the design on with a meter stick, cut with scissors?


Thanks,
Will

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 08:58:06 MDT Print View

I just lay the fabric out flat and weight down the corners with a can of food. You want it to be pulled out, but not stretched.

I measure with tape measure. I lay out triangles which makes it square. Like if you want a rectangle, measure out two corners along one side, then locate the third corner by measuring the diagonal distance from one corner and the side distance from the other corner,...

After I've located the corners, I use a straightedge to mark the edges. I have an 8 foot straightedge intended for woodworking

William Cummings
(rcummings1) - F

Locale: Colorado
Re: Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 09:57:08 MDT Print View

I lay it out flat on the painted basement floor and then smooth it out. I use masking tape along the edges and gently put enough tension on it to remove wrinkles but not stretch it. I use Jerry's method of squaring, measuring the diagonal for the 3rd corner then check the diagonal on the other corner. I use a drywall marker for laying out long lines and a tape measure. Measure twice, cut once using dressmaking scissors. Practice cutting with the scissors on scrap so you don't get the jagged chopped edges. The trick is to not close the scissors completely before moving up to continue cutting.

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 10:45:07 MDT Print View

or hold scissors partially open and just push through the fabric - don't need up and down motion on the scissors

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 11:13:14 MDT Print View

I don't have a good hard work surface large enough for a big item like a tarp. So, I found a large piece of cardboard to serve. For critical measurements, I used pattern paper. For non-critical measurements, I just measured and marked.

--B.G.--

Samuel C. Farrington
(scfhome) - M

Locale: Chocorua NH, USA
"Cutting and Measuring fabric" on 05/23/2011 14:53:21 MDT Print View

Buy a cheap folding ping-pong table that doesn't have a sunken top (yet).
Much easier on the knees.

Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Cutting and Measuring fabric on 05/23/2011 15:55:42 MDT Print View

> tape the fabric corners to the floor,
Pin a pre-cut pattern to it all around the hemline, then cut it out.

Cheers