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7 Fabric Die Cutting Tips

May 3, 2018, 10:00:11 AM / by AccuQuilt

The GO!, GO! Baby, and GO! Big fabric cutters will all cut up to 6 layers of a wide variety of fabrics at speeds 90% faster than rotary cutters. To get the most out of your cutter, follow the tips below.

1. Use good quality 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 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 fabric on the weaker crosswise grain, your fabric may stretch as it moves through the cutter, causing inaccurate cuts.

3. Test cut one shape before cutting many shapes to ensure 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 fabric before running it through the cutter. Keep in mind that fusible web accounts for half a layer of fabric. So although GO! cutters will cut up to 6 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. GO! cutters will cut up to 6 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.

Fabric Layer Illustration

Topics: AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutters, GO! Technique Tutorials

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