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Posted on: 9/28/05 3:14 PM
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This is a tip I learnt from a sewing teacher and I find it invaluable. She covers her cutting table surface with cork sheeting. All drafting of patterns, tracing of patterns and cutting out of material is done on this cork.

Everything gets pinned on to the cork with drawing pins. It alleviates the hassle of pinning the pattern to the fabric. The fabric, pattern etc. stays in one place and it is easy to do the cutting out as nothing moves.

The drawing pins I use are those with raised heads, I don't know the correct term for them.

I do not have a permanent cutting table so my cork sheeting is kept in storage and when I need it it goes on to my desk.

Hope this is explained well enough, if not please contact me.

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Sew it seams said...
This sounds like a great idea. It sounds like it would work well for cutting slippery fabrics and can be moved and stored away when you want to use your rotary cutter. Thank you for this tip.
5/5/06 11:20 AM
regine said...
I have now added a photo to my tip. I makes it much easier to understand.
5/4/06 3:27 PM
regine said...
The cork is available in various thicknesses but if it is too thick it cannot be rolled up for storage. If, however, you are thinking of permanently sticking it to a surface then it does not matter.
10/2/05 1:00 AM
SewVeryTall said...
Thanks for the reply. At 4mm thick, I agree with StitchMD, the rotary cutter would cut right through the cork.

p.s. I bet the cork would really help to keep slippery fabric in place.
10/1/05 3:40 AM

Stitchology said...
This is a wonderful idea. I use my dining table for cutting, with a mat. The cork would double as a heat proof surface under the tablecloth, so could stay there all the time. I suspect a rotary cutter would slice it up, so if you want to use one you should try on another cork surface first.
9/29/05 6:21 AM
regine said...
The cork is 4mm thick and I use scissors but am fairly sure that a rotary cut would also work. I find that I have more control over the scissors.
9/29/05 3:57 AM
SewVeryTall said...
Interesting tip. I wonder how thick your cork sheeting is...and do you rotary cut on it or use scissors?
9/29/05 2:32 AM
regine said...
After searching in the telephone directory I finally found a gasket manufacturer who also supplies the cork. thanks for your comments
9/28/05 11:28 PM
regine said...
The cork sheeting can be rolled up but not too tightly. You can keep it under a bed to get it out of the way.
9/28/05 11:25 PM
zoezmommy said...
Great Idea! But like Kueeny I would love to know more about the cork sheeting you use. Some cork sheeting I've seen is very crumbly or flakes off dust...any recommendations?
9/28/05 11:14 PM
Kueeny said...
Never would have thought of that...sounds like a great idea. Do you keep the cork sheeting rolled up while not in use? where did you purchase the sheeting from?
9/28/05 9:00 PM
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