Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Have you Heard the Tale of Two Cutters?

Are you using decorative blades in your rotary cutters? Decorative blades make wonderful embellished edges for your fused art quilts. They come in wave, scallop, and the delightful pinking shape.
On the right, a cutting mat that has seen too much decorative cutting.
But beware! Decorative blades can damage your cutting mats. When you cut with a decorative blade you have to push a little harder to cut cleanly into the fabric. This means the blade will etch into the mat and mess up your grid lines.

Save the grid! Flip that mat over and cut on the wrong side of the mat. Unlike politics, in this case it's OK to be a flip flopper.


Kathy said...

And as a preventative measure, don't forget to clean your pressing sheets with a nylon scouring pad!

WoolenSails said...

I do have the decorative blades, never thought about wrecking my mat, so I will have to use your trick.


Anonymous said...

I have the set of decorative blades, and made the mistake of cutting on the right side of my mat the first time. Boy, I won't do that again! Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Decorative blades are a fantastic idea. Thanks for the tip.