7 Fabric Die Cut Machine Tips You Can't Live Without

Feb 17, 2017 10:38:00 AM / by AccuQuilt

Are you looking for an accurate, fast and safe way to cut your quilting fabrics? Look no further! The AccuQuilt GO! family of fabric cutting machines are here to save the day.

The GO!, GO! Baby, and GO! Big die cut machines will all cut up to six layers of a wide variety of fabrics at speeds 90% faster than rotary cutters. Every cut will be accurate and ready to sew. And, you'll never have to worry about your rotary cutter slipping and sliding or cutting your fingers.

 

Here are some hints for getting the most out of your GO! die cut machine.

1. Use good quality quilting fabric to reduce fabric stretch while the fabric moves through the cutter. Some quick ways to determine the quality of a fabric include color, feel, and opaqueness. The colors in a quality fabric are usually rich and provide good contrast. In addition, the hand of fabric (how it feels) should be soft. Lastly, you should be able to hold high quality quilting fabric up to the light and not see through it.

2. Cut your fabric on the lengthwise grain—parallel to the selvedge—to get the most accurate cuts. If you cut your quilting fabric on the weaker crosswise grain, your fabric may stretch as it moves through the cutter, causing inaccurate cuts. Here are some suggestions from Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

 

 

3. Test cut one shape before cutting many shapes to ensure the quilting fabric orientation is correct.

4. When laying your fabric over the die, only place it over the shapes you wish to cut, not the entire die board. This will help you save, not waste fabric.

5. For fast appliqué, apply fusible web to your quilting fabric before running it through the cutter. Keep in mind that fusible web accounts for half a layer of fabric. So although the GO! fabric die cut machine will cut up to six layers of fabric, if you have fusible web on your fabric, you will not want to cut more than 3-4 layers at a time.

6. Cut shapes from your fabric remnants and scraps, as they are a great way to use up and organize your stash.

7. The GO! fabric die cut machine will cut up to six layers of a wide variety of fabrics. However, the number of layers you can cut depends on the type of material; therefore, always begin cutting with fewer layers of fabric and then build up to six layers. See the reference chart below for the recommended number of layers by fabric.

 

Die Cut Machine fabrics

 

 

Topics: Education, GO! Technique Tutorials

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