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TOPIC: scalloped edge rotary blade

02 Apr 2010 09:01 #44543

I have used the wavey blade alot for fleece projects too. Makes a really cute edge since with fleece there's no need to hem.
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04 Mar 2010 09:36 #44063

I guess also that if you dont keep it perfectly upright the angle of the wiggles (for want of a better word!) will chew rather than cut a clean, healable line.
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04 Mar 2010 09:05 #44062

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Wonder if the damage -- or lack thereof -- has to do with how sharp the blade is or how much pressure you're putting on the blade? :?
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03 Mar 2010 13:25 #44043

Amanda, you are right, the scalloped edges can increase the chance of gouging your cutting mat. Although, I have done small jobs on the top side without problems. But Laura Wasilowski recommends using the back side of the mat.

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02 Mar 2010 14:41 #44023

@amoret - i have cut all of my pieces for 3 bed sized quilts (mostly 1 1/2 inch squares and fairly short 1 1/2 inch strips) plus edged quite a bit of fabric for prewashing and also finished a couple of little projects all using the scalloped edge and i haven't noticed any unusual wear on my green olfa mat. i hadn't heard that before, though, so i'll start to really watch for that.
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02 Mar 2010 14:25 #44020

I read, or saw somewhere, that it's best to use these blades on the back side, or a not best, cutting mat as they can chew up the surface faster. Is that correct?
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02 Mar 2010 14:23 #44019

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wow, thanks for that tip. I have one of those rotary cutters, but hadn't thought about using it for cutting out background square for my applique. I'm going to try this! Thank you! Robin
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scalloped edge rotary blade 02 Mar 2010 12:38 #44018

i have fallen in love with my scalloped edge rotary blade. i read a tip somewhere that using it to trim the edges of fabric before you pre-wash will cut down on fraying in the washer. i tried it and really liked the results. when i got ready to cut my fabrics for a small project the blade was already in the handle and i decided to give it a try again. i loved how the raw edges all stayed so neat and free of hanging threads as i worked through the project. i'm a stickler for precise measuring and cutting so it surprised me that the wavy edge didn't make lining up edges trickier. actually, i felt like it was actually more precise. my pieces don't unravel as i work with them and everthing seems to stay so much neater. i use the scalloped edge blades almost exclusively now. ( i am using the blade which produces a rounded off version of a "pinked" edge. short, shallow waves)
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