How to Maintain your Quilting Fabric Cutting Dies to Keep Them in Great Shape
Quality dies are a vital part of any quilting kit. It’s hard to imagine creating a quilt without them! Your AccuQuilt fabric cutting dies can last for hundreds of cuts if you take care of them. To ensure your dies will last and that you can use them repeatedly, follow these simple guidelines.
Store and Organize Your Quilting Fabric Dies Properly
Proper storage is paramount to extend the life of your dies. Dies should be stored on their sides or ends, much like books. Make sure their labels are facing outward so you can identify them quickly for easy access. You can even create your own quilting library by showcasing your dies on a bookshelf. This keeps them organized and easy to access. Other storage options include placing dies in a file, cart or drawers. If you prefer the dies to have their own designated spot, opt for a Go! Die Storage Rack.
Never stack your dies on top of each other. It can be tempting to do this, especially if you're busy or tired, but this can compress the foam and damage the blades.
Use a Lint Roller
A quick tip is to use a lint roller to maintain your dies. This is great for quick cutting tasks you have. Run a lint roller over your dies regularly to get rid of any stray quilting fabric pieces and threads. It easily removes loose threads in a flash.
Clean Quilting Fabric Dies Regularly with a Die Pick
A die pick enables you to remove fabric pieces embedded between the blades and the foam on your die boards. They're especially good for removing thread from the corners. Using a die pick to remove any stray fabric pieces ensures you get clean, consistent cuts every time.
Make it a habit to clean your dies regularly with your die pick. It's better to spend a few minutes cleaning and picking every time you cut fabric, rather than let things pile up and spending hours picking fabric from the foam boards later on.
Also, be sure to go over your dies with a pick whenever you finish cutting fabric like flannel or batting. These types of fabrics often leave behind loose threads. Stay on top of things and break out your die pick whenever you cut these materials.
If you don't have a pick or can't seem to find your pick when you need it, tweezers are an excellent alternative.
Repair Quilting Fabric Cutting Dies When Necessary
Repairing is never fun, but it's required if you want to keep your dies in proper shape. A damaged die can result in improper fabric cutting, which can compromise the quality of your quilt.
You can repair the die yourself if it's a minor fix and you feel comfortable doing so. For instance, if the foam on your die is coming loose, you can glue it back to the die. Press it down with a heavy object for a few hours to ensure it sticks properly and securely again.
If it's a more complicated repair, don't be afraid to contact the quilt shop or AccuQuilt, wherever you purchased your dies and ask them about repairing it.