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Sharp shears for slinky (Tip/Technique)
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Posted on: 5/9/04 4:21 PM
I am normally a rotary cutter bigot, but today I found a real drawback. When cutting slinky, and perhaps other very "slithery" knits as well, you will get much better results if you use sharp shears for cutting the fabric. I used my rotary cutter, with a brand new and very sharp blade, but the fabric moved under the blade and slid around as I cut, producing a jagged edge. When I switched to my shears (which are really, really sharp!), I had no distortion of the fabric, and got a much better cutting line.

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AnneM said...
I used my rotary cutter recently on slinky, & I found the same thing: I had jagged edges. It didn't hurt the construction of the garmet, but it certainly slowed down the cutting. I will try my shears next time; thanks.
5/10/04 8:13 AM
ncegbu said...
I have a pair of Gingher 8 inch dressmaker shears with serrated blades that are perfect for cutting slinky and other fabrics that like to "travel" on the cutting table. Also, be sure the fabric is support through its entire length. If it is hanging off the cutting table that will also distort the fabric.
5/18/04 4:37 PM
Sandra Mil said...
Thanks for this advice. Another suggestion I read for cutting slinky involved placing tissue paper between the layers to prevent slipping. :)
7/9/04 5:03 PM

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