Ways to cut Fabric

Hello everyone. I hope you all are well. I haven’t had much time to write recently due to our youngest needing surgery and then also receiving said surgery.  He is healing well now and hopefully the issue is now fixed permanently.

Now that I have more time to work on things I am planning on getting more writing done when I can, and some more sewing projects done as well. I have quite a few. While our son was healing up I had some time to think about things to write about.

I figured I would do a few more posts about sewing related topics. So I would include writing and sewing together. The first post, this post that is, will be about the different ways you can cut your fabric and why you would use those specific ways.

For the longest time I only ever used cheap Walmart scissors.  Nothing against them really. They get the job done, but they were constantly getting dull, and would eventually break near the handles. They were cheap (around 1 dollar) so it wasn’t a huge loss, but at some point I realized that my Grandmother has had the same pair of fabric shears for quite some time and they work wonderfully. Plus she doesn’t have to constantly replace hers either.

That is when I decided to invest a little extra money up front for a good pair of fabric shears. I have gone through a few different brands. This is mostly because my family seems to think that because they  look like scissors you can use them to cut everything around the house and it won’t hurt them at all. WRONG. They would chip or dull them and I would need to buy a new pair. I now have a great hiding place so I don’t have to worry about replacing them.

I have tried these and these fabric shears, and ended up using this pair of fabric shears. They are my go to when cutting larger items with not a lot of curves, or for very shear fabrics. They cut through fabric easily and do not give me the scissor callus on my hand I always seem to get with regular scissors and many brands of shears.

Another great way to manage to cut large items especially if they are  lot of straight lines is to use bent blade fabric shears.  I love how easy it is to use this pair to cut my large amounts of fabric into smaller more manageable sections.

If you have a type of fabric that seems to fray easily, like come woven fabrics, pinking shears come in really handy. They cut the fabric in a zig-zag patterns leaving small little triangular notches along the cut edge of the fabric you are working with.  I love these when working on clothes for my sons. I have also heard many people say they make their cloth wipes for cloth diapers by cutting squares of fabric out with pinking shears to cut down on fraying.  I have not tried this myself so I am not sure how well that works. I make my cloth wipes like this.

I recently found out how wonderfully useful rotary fabric cutters could be. I did try them out until I was gifted a set and oh my goodness. I did not know what I was missing until then. They are a huge asset when cutting either small items, or items with many curves or details. I use these more with smaller clothing and cloth diapers I make. I have two different sizes and they both work wonderfully still. What is also nice about rotary cutters is all you have to replace is the blades.

I love that there are so many options when it comes to cutting fabric, and all of them have their uses.

What styles of fabric cutting do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.


Thank you,

The Momnipresent Mother

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