How To Cut Fabric Straight And Clean Before Quilting

Successful quilting begins with accurate fabric cutting. Therefore, with this in mind, the big question is how to cut fabric straight and clean before quilting? The answer is very easy but very difficult to execute.

The first rule of quilting I learned from my mother as a beginner was "measure thrice: cut once". This technique has stayed with me all my life, and it has helped me prevent careless cutting mistakes.

At the same time, I do check my measurements, at least, three times before cutting. Well, the truth is that it takes me a few extra seconds to measure and cut but in the end; it helps in making my quilting better. If you want to learn more about sewing, you may want to visit Amber's site She is a good friend of mine. ;)

However, first before you know how to cut fabric straight, you will need to know how to measure the fabric. In other words, measuring is the first step to cutting the fabric accurately and straight. At the same time, rather than using the line on your cutting mat for measuring, it is advisable to use a ruler because they are precise or accurate.

Do not get me wrong! It is OK to use the lines on your mat to keep the fabric straight on the cutting surface, but bear in mind that a ruler line is the best for measurement purposes. Please watch below video to familiarize yourself on the process.

Now, before you start, you have to make sure the fabric is straight, free of wrinkles and smooth. As such, if you get your fabric has wrinkles, it is best to iron it first before you begin. The fat quarters and fat eighths should defiantly be ironed first because they are mainly folded for a very long time, and they might have deep wrinkles.

Using starch will really help you when ironing the fabric. Starch gives the fabric a little extra texture, which makes ironing straightforward and easy.

After you have completed ironing, the next step is to hold the fabric in half with the selvages. Even though small pieces of fabrics could be cut without folding it, it is advisable to hold the fabric anyway.

Starting your cut with a clean, straight edge is wise. Place the bottom edge or fold of your material with one of your horizontal lines on the cutting mat to keep the material straight.

The next step is by aligning the ruler upright along the same vertical line on the same cutting mat at the top and bottom of the fabric. Cut off the minimum amount required to have a straight edge. From this point, you will be using the measurements on the ruler for cutting.

NOTE: before you begin the actual cutting, it is advisable to use a sharp rotary cutter rather than using scissors. The rotary cutter will help you to keen the cut straight and clean. Leave the scissors to experts for now. Later, you could practice using them.

When you are cutting the fabrics for your quilting project, you have to make sure the bottom edge of your ruler is even with the bottom edge of your fabric. The moment the ruler is in position with your desired cut, make your measurements line even and then you could begin to cut your fabric.