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Need help how to cut out fabric using pattern weights and scissors.
I always use pins but sewers have been saying to use weights for knits
Dana Cetz
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Date: 2/6/14 8:28 PM

I couldn't afford a rotary cutter, is it still possible to use scissors to cut out pieces with the weights? Will the scissors make the knit stretch?

Does anyone know of a good video I can see I guess i can practice on scrap first.

I doing something new I always get nervous.

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Date: 2/6/14 8:33 PM

60 second video

This is what I found. I don't necessarily use no pins, I just use less pins when using fabric weights.

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Date: 2/6/14 9:14 PM

I was trained to use scissors as a fashion design student and in my successive jobs from a design assistant to head designer. So I think my scissors cutting skills are practiced and good. At work the cutting method was to trace around an oak-tag pattern, use weights, no pins and cut with a big, super sharp shears. I thought a rotary cutter was for quilters period. Along the way, I tried combining paper patterns, weights, a few pins and cutting with shears. I found the weights used this way awkward; they interfered with the lifting and cutting motion of the scissors. I tried many different combinations with shears. However, my hands-down best result is with a sharp rotary cutter. Pending fabric, sometimes I pin and sometimes I use weights. Maybe you could borrow a rotary cutter from a friend to experiment and see what is most comfortable for you.

For the long run, my suggestions is be patient and save for a rotary cutter plus a cutting mat. They are basic tools that you can use for a long time- except do swap out the blade when it is dull. The gridded cutting mat has so many uses that will help with accuracy and speed. The grid mat is always set up in my sewing nook. A rotary cutter is way faster than scissors and the cutting duplicates the pattern exactly.

Like any new skill, it will take practice if you decide to try rotary cutting. Most important- You have to be totally awake and exercise caution to prevent a serious cut with these tools.

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Date: 2/6/14 9:22 PM

Until a couple of years ago, I only used pins and scissors. The trick is to try to keep the fabric flat as you cut and put pins in key places (it helps if you have the ball point pins). I have never used weights but it should be fine. The other thing you can do is trace around your pattern using a washable marker (I use Crayola) then cut the fabric on the traced lines. A rotary cutter makes things easier but you can easily cut with scissors.

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Date: 2/6/14 9:33 PM

I despise cutting with rotary cutters! I went out and bought two when I started sewing but much rather use scissors.

I also use weights and no pins, unless it's smaller pattern pieces.

I feel like I cut more accurately when the pattern is to the right of my hand (I'm right handed). With knits just make sure you aren't stretching the fabric as you cut.

I also like tracing around my pattern piece then cutting. I used to do that and then stopped for some reason.

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Date: 2/6/14 9:37 PM

People say a lot of things, but you need to do what works best for you.

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Date: 2/6/14 9:56 PM

Note: Be very careful when learning to use a rotary cutter. If you are not careful, you can cut your finger. If you cut your finger, it will bleed. If you bleed, blood will get on your fabric. If blood gets on your fabric, you may have a problem. If you have a problem, you may be in trouble.

Don't get in trouble . . . be very careful with the rotary cutter!

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Date: 2/6/14 10:31 PM

lol
Speaking from experience?

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Date: 2/6/14 11:00 PM

I've been sewing for (umpty-ump) years, starting before rotary cutters even existed. I've experimented with all these ways of cutting.

When I started sewing (dinosaurs roamed the earth , yada yada, etc.), I pinned tissue to fabric and cut through both the tissue and the fabric with scissors. I cut patterns with a rotary cutter and scissors for the fiddly bits. I used weights; I used pins; I used combinations, etc., etc.

When I started tracing patterns and reusing them, I found that with either method, I ended up shaving tiny silvery bits of paper off the edges of the patterns, whether I used pins or weights. scissors or rotary cutter.

Here's my latest experiment, which is working well so far. I also quilt, and I've been interested in Quilt Pounce Chalk (and dispenser) [Short video] for a long time. I've seen quilter Marilyn Badger use this chalk powder by having a small amount of chalk in a bowl or tray, and then gently brushing it onto a limited area by using a foam paint brush.

Sooo, now I lay the pattern on the fabric, put weights on top of pattern piece, put maybe 1/2-teaspoon of powder in a small bowl, use the foam paint brush and put or dab a small amount of powder on the brush, then gently swipe the brush from the edge of the pattern paper onto the fabric, reloading from the chalk powder in the bowl as needed, working my way around the edges of each pattern piece.

When I lift the pattern off the fabric, I have a perfectly marked "halo" (about 1/2-inch wide halo) that I can use to cut out the pattern piece accurately. The powder on the fabric is on the "to be cut away" part of the fabric. I can use scissors, I can use a ruler and rotary cutter for the straight cutting lines. I can put pins inside the pattern piece after I've lifted the paper away if the fabric is slippery or drapey.

This is working out well for me. It doesn't take a lot of powder to make a very visible outline on the fabric, and the chalk powder comes in 3 colors (white pink blue). The white is an iron-away version, but that doesn't really matter to me, since the powder ends up on the scraps. It's easy enough to brush or shake out the chalk powder from scraps (if you need to use the scraps for something).

If you don't think you'll ever use the pounce pad, you can buy a bag of chalk powder refill by itself. The first time I tried this, I used baby powder, which did work, but the quilt pounce chalk powder is much, much easier to work with.

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Date: 2/6/14 11:35 PM

Haha--a nice take on some of my favorite commercials. Nicely done.

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