Top 10 Tips and Tricks

 

Fabric Tips


    1. 1. Use high quality fabric. It reduces fabric stretch as the fabric moves through the cutter. Want to know if it's a good quality fabric? Check for:

      •Color—The colors in high quality fabric are rich and provide good contrast.
      •Feel — Soft.
      •Opaqueness — When you hold it up to the light, you should not see anything through it.

2. Cut your fabric on the lengthwise grain (parallel to the selvedge) to get the most accurate cuts.

 

3. If you decide to wash your fabric before cutting, make sure you iron the fabric and use a sizing and starch alternative, like Mary Ellen’s Best Press (we have it in the store), before running the fabric through your GO! This adds stiffness back into the fabric.

 

Mat Tips

    1. 4. Mats do become brittle with time, and fabric pieces stick to the bottom of the mat. If this happens, cover the fabric with a piece of clean, unlined white paper to keep pieces in place. Then place the mat on top.

    2. 5. Make sure you rotate and flip your cutting mats so you’re not cutting in the same place each time.
    3. 6. Use only the size mat you need to cover the fabric. Not the size mat you need to cover the board.

    4. 7. When laying your fabric over the die, only place it over the shape(s) you intend to cut, not the entire board.

 

Die Tips

    1. 8. Make sure the label on the side of the AccuQuilt die is facing your belly button when you feed it into the machine.

    2. 9. Make sure you align your fabric according to the shape of the fabric cutting area, not the die board. If the blades on the die are at an angle, angle your fabric to the blades.
    3. 10. The number of layers you can cut depends on the type of fabric material you’re running through the machine. 100% cotton, Batiks and silk = 6 layers. Denim and leather = 1 layer.

 

Bonus Tip: How to Identify the Grain LIne

If you’re using scraps or if the selvage has been removed, here’s a quick tip to identify the grain line.

 

  • •Grasp the fabric along one grain with both hands and give it a couple of sharp snaps. Listen to the sound it makes.
  • •Then grasp along the other grain and sharply snap it again.

 

The snapping sound made by the lengthwise grain will have a slightly higher pitch and have very little give. That’s because the lengthwise grain runs parallel to the selvage and is the stronger grain in your fabric. This is how yardage comes off the bolt.

 

Because it’s the grain with the least stretch, whenever possible, orient your fabric on the lengthwise grain as you place it on your GO! fabric cutting die to achieve the most accurate cuts.

 

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