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Posted on: 12/17/03 1:53 PM
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This sounds like a backwards way of doing things, but may be useful at times. If you need simple shapes cut from quilted yardage, mark the shapes on the yardage and overcast (zigzag) just *inside* the marking. Then cut carefully just *outside* of the marking/overcasting. The stitching presses the layers together, which makes it very much easier to cut the pieces, and there is no risk of the layers separating. I would also try this with very ravelly fabrics.

An easy way to mark simple shapes (e.g. if you are cutting rectangles from quilted yardage) is to use blue masking tape (in fact, is there anything you *can't* use blue masking tape for?). Just make sure you get square angles...

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JDpenelope said...
Very clever! Will give it a try. Guess I need to get some of that much talked about blue masking tape, also.
12/17/03 7:34 PM
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