Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review

Advanced Search
New to PR?
Find a member
MY Stuff
Friends of PR Benefits
My Pattern Reviews
My Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Photo Album
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Deal Corner
Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine Central
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests
Read All Review Requests
Add a Review Request
Live Chats
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
See all Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
all contests
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
Emergency gizmo to add seam allowances (Burda WOF) (Tip/Technique)
Viewed 5095 times
Review rated Very Helpful by 5 people   
Posted by: pittysmom
About pittysmom
Member since: 7/21/04
Reviews written: 19
Sewing skills:Beginner
tips added: 7
Bio: more...
Report a problem with this review
Posted on: 7/24/05 10:25 PM
Web site/URL: photo
Okay, now this gets kind of complicated, but I will post a pic so you can see it... Now pay attention... :D
I was about to cut out the Burda twist top today on my new Fiskars 24x36 cutting mat, and I realized (DUH!) that I forgot to buy that thingy with the arm which hooks to your cutter. You know, the Olfa guide arm thing? WELL...being Sunday and everything's closed, and living in the sticks anyway, I had no choice but to make my own.

I looked thru my art paintbrushes, found one with a long handle which I then jammed thru that little hole on the cutter about 2 inches, and broke off the rest of the brush.
So there is now about 2 inches of the paintbrush handle sticking out of the Olfa cutter handle...
Then I got some of those big twist ties that come with trashbags..about 5, I think it was....
I twisted all but the last inch into a stick shape. Then the untwisted part got wrapped around the paintbrush handle and twisted TIGHT...

Presto...instant emergeny seam allowance thingy. :D
Merchants on PR
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Unique Sewing Patterns

<< Previous Next >>

Add Tip/Technique    Read All Tip/Techniques

7 Comments      Login to Add a Comment
Astrostitcher said...
Very good! I just love a good homemade solution. You know many handy items start in a similar way as prototypes. What's more I didn't even know what the hole was for and never even thought about using my cutter on clothes. I'll give it a try.
7/25/05 0:43 AM
SewVeryTall said...
I appreciate a good home remedy too. You got me inspecting my Olfa rotary cutters [one older, one newer], and neither one of mine has this hole. I can "eyeball" any measurement 1 inch or under, so it's no big deal for me...but just in case others wonder why they don't have this hole, it's not just yours.
7/25/05 4:39 AM
Patzee said...
I didn't know that there were tools for adding seam allowances!
7/25/05 9:36 AM
pittysmom said...
Astrostitcher, you simply have to try the rotary cutter on clothes. It's SO much faster, and alot easier. I'm a new rotary convert and I'm only sorry I waited so long!
7/26/05 10:21 PM
Arline said...
Ooooo, seeing that cat's tail so near the cutter wheel makes me nervous! ;)
7/27/05 5:36 AM
Medeiros said...
Most flexible measuring tapes are 5/8" wide. Just line it up to the stitching line, and mark your cutting line.
7/29/05 0:15 AM
inkyannie said...
Hot diggity, mine has a hole! And I didn't know my tape measure was 5/8". Thanks for the info.
7/30/05 9:55 PM

Copyright © 2014® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us