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Posted on: 7/24/05 10:25 PM
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 5 people   
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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

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inkyannie said... (7/30/05 9:55 PM) Reply
Hot diggity, mine has a hole! And I didn't know my tape measure was 5/8". Thanks for the info.
Medeiros said... (7/29/05 0:15 AM) Reply
Most flexible measuring tapes are 5/8" wide. Just line it up to the stitching line, and mark your cutting line.
Arline said... (7/27/05 5:36 AM) Reply
Ooooo, seeing that cat's tail so near the cutter wheel makes me nervous! ;)
pittysmom said... (7/26/05 10:21 PM) Reply
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!
Patzee said... (7/25/05 9:36 AM) Reply
I didn't know that there were tools for adding seam allowances!
SewVeryTall said... (7/25/05 4:39 AM) Reply
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.
Astrostitcher said... (7/25/05 0:43 AM) Reply
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.
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