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Date: 6/12/12 11:09 AM

because she has to do with cutting the fabric after the pattern has been marked on the fabric.

currently I'm just using scissors and going on the pattern by hand but I planned to get a circular hand cutter soon.

I'm wondering if there's any other tools or techniques that would make it easier and faster to cut out patterns from fabric. any tips in this department and all would be very helpful as I am very new to sewing anything larger than a small bag or pillow.

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Date: 6/12/12 2:49 PM

I'm not understanding the problem. You find working with the scissors difficult?

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Date: 6/12/12 6:23 PM

Cutting out is a long and tedious process. Don't rush it, it has to be done precisely. We all have to suffer through it every time and some people have learned to enjoy it! :)

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Date: 6/13/12 2:14 AM

I don't think there are any shortcuts when it comes to accurate cutting.

That said, a good pair of shears -- a comfortable length for you to handle, with a smooth action, that fit your hand and are appropriately sharp -- will go a long way to making it less onerous. I recently bought a pair of Kai 9250 shears and they are a marvel (though I have to say that I'm rather sick to see that I paid *TWICE* the price listed in Kai's website -- yet another cost to living overseas, in a place with a small population and 25% VAT. *deep breath* Right. Back to not doing conversions and reminding myself that this is simply what it costs to live here).

I haven't tried a rotary cutter yet. I'm intrigued, but balk at the cost of a self-healing mat the size of my table. Plus, as above, I'm very happy with my new shears. :)

At any rate, have a look at your cutting tools. If you're trying to cut fabric with, say, a pair of scissors from Ikea, you should consider an upgrade.

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Date: 6/13/12 2:29 AM

I use Black and Decker electric shears for lots of my cutting out.

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Date: 6/13/12 2:38 AM

Good scissors make a huge difference. I have rotary cutters which are great. I also have Gingher dressmaking shears and Fiskars feather touch - I prefer the Fiskars, they are much lighter and spring back open (they're endorsed for people with arthritis, not that I have it).

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Date: 6/13/12 8:50 AM

I have Gingher shears but I mostly use rotary cutters. A small mat is sufficient...just move it under one piece at a time.
Cutting out properly is so important.

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Date: 6/13/12 9:09 AM

I can't rememeber the last time I used scissors. I highly recommend that you learn to use a rotary cutter -- I like the 45mm Olfa Ergo. You will have to invest in a rotary cutting mat, but these do not have to be expensive.

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Date: 6/13/12 9:49 AM

I agree with the recommendation that you learn to use a rotary cutter and self healing mat. I find it's much easier to cut accurately and use my scissors only for tricky corners.

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Date: 6/13/12 10:00 AM

I feel your pain. I find it tedious to the extreme. Sometimes as soon as I start cutting, I start yawning and feeling sleepy.

As others have posted good tools make a huge difference. I use the Black and Decker electric scissors for long straight cuts and Kai scissors for all other cuts. The electric scissors save me so much time and energy ,and the Kais are super sharp and light.

I know it seems better to cut everything at once, but I found when I did that I usually rushed through things because I just wanted it to be over. However, if you have a dedicated sewing space or a place where you can roll your work up neatly and then leave it, try to cut a few pieces at a time if there are a lot of them. I start with the small pieces first.


Some people find music or putting on a favorite movie helps, too.
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