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#1 of 8 Old 07-29-2009, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Which do you prefer? My quilting teacher always had us rip and I tend to do that when I need a straight cut, but just wonder what others do.

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I've never tried ripping, to be honest! Hadn't considered it as an option since I was taught to cut. But then again, when using commercial sewing patterns cutting is a bit easier than ripping.
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Right, for most patterns cutting is essential. But when I make things like napkins, placemats, tablecloths, and even a skort that I have made for dd#1 I have ripped because the pieces are just rectangles.

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for anything that's gonna be a single layer rectangular, I rip. If the grain is really funky, or the design doesn't match the grain properly or it will be fused to a backing first, I cut with my rotary cutter and straight edge.

Of course, I lurve ripping fabric, it's one of my favorite things ever

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If ripping is an option, I rip. Of course some fabrics don't rip well and you can't rip anythigng with curves.

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It never even occurred to me to rip! I always cut and rely quite heavily on my rotary cutter for straight lines.

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I prefer to rip to block my fabric after washing and before cutting (to make sure the crosswise grain is straight across the top of the fabric), and I cut out my pattern pieces.
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Like the PP I rip after I wash to get a good straight of grain but after that I usually use my rotary cutter and a ruler to cut my quilt pieces until I see that my fabric is getting way off grain, then I rip a small piece to even it up again and go back to the rotary cutter.
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