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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > precise cutting of bias strips ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 5/22/11 10:32 AM

I am about to start cutting bias strips from some very expensive crepe backed satin that I cannot get any more of. . .am totally ok with going very very slowly, but I have so much trouble cutting precise bias strips on this type of fabric. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: 5/22/11 10:46 AM

I've found pre-drawing all the lines, then using a rotary cutter and ruler is the best way for me.

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Date: 5/22/11 10:53 AM

Spray starch it to keep it from wiggling all over the place. If you won't be able to wash it out when the garment is finished, do some experimentation first.

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Date: 5/22/11 11:33 AM

Are you planning to do continuous bias or to cut the strips individually? May I ask what you will be using the bias for? If you can, the spray starch will help with the wiggles. I'm a big fan of using the rotary cutter for bias but would use scissors if I drew the cutting lines first.

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Date: 5/22/11 12:40 PM

I would use spray starch but this is for binding the neck and armholes of a wedding dress--no washing of this fabric! I am planning on cutting the strips individually

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Date: 5/22/11 2:29 PM

I always use my gridboard to ensure I have aligned the fabric before cutting. Once this is done (it takes a bit of fiddling but well worth it), similar to Patti, I use my rotary cutter (I put in a new blade) and a ruler. I align the ends of the ruler that hang beyond the side of the fabric on the 45degree angles on the board and can simply cut the strips.

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Date: 5/22/11 5:52 PM

I never mark anymore. I use my 3x18in. see-through ruler and a rotary cutter. To cut the first line, I start with the selvage or a torn edge, and use the 45deg. mark to get the first line. After than, I cut them the same width. If I'm lucky, the fabric doesn't move between cuts. If it does, I straighten it up so the previously cut edge is straight.

Keep in mind that the strips won't stay the same width once you start sewing them. You have to stretch them to go around curves, which makes the strip narrower. It's still a good idea to make them as uniform as possible.
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