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Tips & Techniques > Electrify your lining fabric -for easy cutting

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Posted on: 8/19/11 4:38 AM
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I want to share something I learned today cutting out lining fabric made of a slippery polyester. My dining room table has an inexpensive clear vinyl table protector over it (we have kids!) and I noticed when I laid out the Sun Silky poly lining on the table and smoothed in in place, it was almost sucked down flat to the table with static electricity! When I placed my old cut-apart lining from a RTW favourite skirt on top to mark new pieces, it too sat beautifully flat like magic!
When cutting out the lining, rather than sliding its way all over the place, as I cut with micro serrated scissors, it was so well behaved I couldn't believe it- and thought this would make a great tip for PR.
I am thinking I'm going to buy some more vinyl to put on my cutting table for those slippery poly and silk fabrics with minds of their own. Bring on the static attraction!

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Mc Donna said... (12/20/14 6:55 AM) Reply
My favorite coat needs a new lining and I've been putting it off. Thank you for this very helpful tip!
jeannemarie1 said... (9/30/11 0:26 AM) Reply
good tip. i plan to cut sher fabric to make a dress
Susan M said... (9/13/11 2:39 PM) Reply
Wow! This is a brilliant discovery. Thanks for sharing.
threadgenie said... (9/8/11 7:09 PM) Reply
Oh, I can't wait to try this. I absolutely HATE working with slippery static fabric.
iSewQuiltArt said... (9/6/11 3:34 AM) Reply
I don't know about the yard trash bags idea. My vinyl is quite stiff - much stiffer than a plastic bag. Its also vinyl, not polyethylene or other plastics...and isnt' easy to pin into as a plastic bag certainly would be. You want to be able to pin your pattern to your lining and have the pins not catch into the vinyl as well.
Libbee said... (9/5/11 9:22 PM) Reply
Love this one!
purplebouquet said... (9/1/11 10:27 AM) Reply
This technique might also work with those big yard trash bags. You'd have to use several to cover the whole table.
kathi s said... (8/27/11 2:04 AM) Reply
Thank you! Great tip!
Amanda.Claire said... (8/26/11 10:36 AM) Reply
Awesome tip!
annenet said... (8/25/11 11:00 AM) Reply
Great idea!
iSewQuiltArt said... (8/25/11 0:59 AM) Reply
Yes it really does work, and I want to be sure you know to try the cheap plastic vinyl stuff, not the really expensive one. I don't know if it would make any difference to static generating properties but it might. And, because you could slice into it with scissors or prick with pins you're not out so much $ if your piece eventually needs replacing.
Barbara said... (8/22/11 8:53 AM) Reply
Great Tip!
MegquiltsinVT said... (8/21/11 6:45 AM) Reply
You are genius! I, too, will get some electrickery!
Brine said... (8/20/11 2:26 PM) Reply
I'll be sure to try this!
Cherylsews said... (8/20/11 1:19 PM) Reply
This is a great tip! Will try this.
Merry G said... (8/20/11 10:55 AM) Reply
Sew cool...tks
Merry G said... (8/20/11 10:55 AM) Reply
Sew cool...tks
Merry G said... (8/20/11 10:53 AM) Reply
Sew cool...tks
SewPerfect said... (8/20/11 9:29 AM) Reply
Interesting idea, will have to try this! Thanks for posting.
Tarrbaby said... (8/20/11 8:59 AM) Reply
Terrific tip -I work at a bridal shop with a 15 foot cutting table and we sew lots of silky slippery fabric will mention to the boss. Thanks.
newmama said... (8/20/11 6:15 AM) Reply
Great idea! I think I read in a review somewhere that a similar thing happens with fleece. I have both vinyl and fleece on hand so I need to remember to give this a try!
Elaine Dougan said... (8/20/11 0:07 AM) Reply
Great tip!
lca said... (8/19/11 4:22 PM) Reply
What a great discovery! I'm going to try this.
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