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Old 07-21-2010, 12:32
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Hi All - Does anyone have any recommendations on the most efficient way to cut the fabric for singed flowers. I am kind of on this symmetrical kick right now, so I would like the pieces to be as circular as possible. Is there some sort of cutter out there? What do you all do? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-21-2010, 01:01
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Default Re: singed flowers - cutting the fabric

i got an original sizzix on Craigslist for cheap! the bad part is that you will spend $$ getting the cartridges i use the circle dies and they are perfectly cut. when we GTG, i can bring it and you can test it out to see if it is what you may like

otherwise, i used to just fold and cut manually.

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Default Re: singed flowers - cutting the fabric

I was wondering the same thing. I seen a rotary cutter on the Joanns website for 24.99 I think. If anyone has some great info I would appreciate as well.
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Default Re: singed flowers - cutting the fabric

I trace all of my circles on the fabric and then layer the fabric up. I layer it up as many times as I can. Then I use straight pins to pin all the fabric together so that they will stay in place. And then I cut the circles out. If its a thicker fabric, I have to do fewer circles at a time, but for the most part its pretty easy to cut. And since you are going to singe the edges anyway, they don't have to be COMPLETELY perfect. I don't have to buy any extra equipment and it gets the job done.
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I turn over 2 different size cups and trace the circle. Then I make a paper template. I line up the fabric and use a straight pin to pin it and then I cut the layers.
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Default Re: singed flowers - cutting the fabric

I fold it so there are 8 layers; then pin all the edges. Trace shapes all over the fabric and pin between each of the shapes. Once I have them all pinned and traced, then I cut out all the shapes at once. I have my shapes all precut in ziplocs waiting for me to singe. I use the same templates for each flower (shapes cut out of cutting board material).
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I have the circular rotary cutter from Olfa. Got it at JoAnns when it was on sale 50% off for about $13. It is totally worth every penny I paid for it. Be sure and buy a couple of replacement blades, the polyester burns through them pretty quickly.
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Default Re: singed flowers - cutting the fabric

i just cut different size circles(tracing circular objects) onto foam so that I could always have those as templates, then lightly trace them onto my fabric and cut. I wish there was some sort of fabric hole punch or something lol
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