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One Annoying Thing About Quilting is .....   General Discussion

Started 1/11/19 by judyinohio; 5006 views.
LABFIEND

From: LABFIEND

1/15/19

You CAN get practiced and learn to cut straight without the accuquilt!!  And if you do strings or scrappy, the cuts don't even matter!!  I like strings for that reason, and the fact that I have tons of scraps!!

judyinohio

From: judyinohio

1/15/19

I agree 100%.

I looked at the Accuquilt seriously and concluded that the fabric wastage (is that a word?) was too much for my thrifty soul.  But to each her own.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

1/15/19

judyinohio said:

I looked at the Accuquilt seriously and concluded that the fabric wastage (is that a word?) was too much for my thrifty soul. 

I have a die cut machine also .. the Vagabond 2; it's a competitor to the Accuquilt.   At this time, I don't have any problems with cutting fabric.  I don't have undue pressure on my joints and I can cut strips accurately.   Personally, like you Judy, I think many of the fabric cutting dies waste much more fabric as compared to me cutting the fabric with a rotary cutter.  BUT, if there are joint problems, that's another story.

What I *have* used my die cutting machine for (besides the obvious paper crafting) is cutting out obnoxious shapes ... like double pointed leaves.  Or circles/ovals.  Or long skinny leaves.  Or simple flowers.   If you put fusible webbing on the back of the fabric first, you'll cut out amazingly accurate applique shapes.   Generally speaking, I don't care for the fusible webbing applique but if I starch/stiffen the heck out of the fabric, so it's like a piece of cardboard, then I can cut out needleturn applique shapes very easily.  After cutting, a quick soak/rinse will remove the stiffening, leaving pliable fabric.  Since these are not straight line shapes, I really can't cut them any more frugally by hand and having each shape just exactly the same as all its buddies is wonderful.

To be honest, I mainly use my die cutting machine for paper stuff, not fabric .. but the option is there.

And some of us don't mind having scraps.  I don't have an Accuquilt or other cutter, but if I did, I am sure I could find something to do with the scraps!  

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

1/15/19

the problem, as I see it, is that you need to cut the fabric into 6" wide strips to feed into the machine.  It won't accommodate anything wider.  However, you will NOT get (3) 2" strips from that 6" width of fabric .. the dies don't work that way.  The dies have their shapes spaced apart from each other and do NOT share a common cutting line.  There is always space around the shapes and that's where the useless waste comes in.

You could get (1) 5.5" strip.  Or (2) 2.5" strips.  Or any combination less than 6" wide (like one 2" and one 3" strip).  And that's where the waste comes in.  From a 6" wide strip of fabric, *I* can accurately cut (3) 2" strips.  With the Accucut (or any other die cutting machine), you are going to have little, narrow, skinny waste strips that, honestly, could only be used for stuffing pillows or art quilts where you put tulle on top of all the tiny pieces and quilt over everything.   The waste from most of the die cuts couldn't even be used for Sharon's crumb blocks.

But, again, if you have a mobility problem and using the dies is a way you can get the strips or shapes that you need, then by all means, use that aid!  It's a tool be used to whatever advantage you can.

I know that some quilters are reassured that the pieces always come out accurate, and the waste does not bother them.  'Tis good that there are different tools for different quilters!

I am like you -- would really rather just cut my own.  And I am mostly a more "liberated" quilter anyway, preferring to make things where accuracy is not the most important factor.  LOL  

Mishii

From: Mishii

1/15/19

I have very little waste.....mainly slivers as I would with rotary cutting.  It's faster and more accurate so I like it!

Mishii

From: Mishii

1/15/19

Pirate (PIRATE_SR) said:

There is always space around the shapes and that's where the useless waste comes in.

They do share a cutting line....at least mine do, I can't speak for others.  I have little to no waste.  I don't use 6" strips, I just put whatever I want cut on the die, the rest of it hangs off.  It gets folded up and put back in the stash.

Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

From: Pirate (PIRATE_SR)

1/16/19

Mishii said:

They do share a cutting line....at least mine do

Oh .. good deal!  I'm glad you've found a way to use the dies without a whole lotta waste.  That would drive me nuts.

mom1me2

From: mom1me2

1/16/19

I have arthritis really bad in my hands and most joints.  Thanks to all the meds and so forth through the years and those they keep throwing at me. 

I struggle with hands that don't like to grip or hold things and often fingers that just decide to not work how I want them to.  Therefore, I do have issues with the straight cuts or consistent cutting.  It is just my nemesis and has caused some really expensive issues with gifts I have made as I have had to buy new fabric and recut because things are just a hair off and that makes it not work.  GRRRRRRR

I have bought the non skid stuff for the rulers, have gotten anal and cut fabric one piece at a time and still have the same issues.  Again, epic fail, sometimes with this.  

With the expense of the machine, I shall just have to get some pointers from you pros while at retreat.  A bit of cutting is not going to get the best of me.

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