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    hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

    Jenny's video on the Floating Hexagons quilt totally inspired me. I bought the fabric (Mojito) and the template, a 5 inch half hexagon.

    But when I have to make the cut on the left side (I'm right handed) Arrrgh! and more pirate talk! It's practically impossible. I notice in the video that Jenny switches hands - is that what I'm supposed to do? I'm not very good with my left hand.

    Anyway, any hints you can throw my way would be greatly appreciated. A google search didn't help.


    Jeannette

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    Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

    I have a difficult time too. I use a smallish mat and turn the mat around, making sure I don't move the template/fabric. When my cutting table is cleaner, I move the mat to the corner where I can cut on one side, then move to the other and make the other cut.

    I have a rotary mat, but it's really small and only good for cutting small things. It's easier for me to turn my mat than to get it out for small cuts.

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      Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

      Originally posted by snippet View Post
      I have a difficult time too. I use a smallish mat and turn the mat around, making sure I don't move the template/fabric. When my cutting table is cleaner, I move the mat to the corner where I can cut on one side, then move to the other and make the other cut.

      I have a rotary mat, but it's really small and only good for cutting small things. It's easier for me to turn my mat than to get it out for small cuts.
      Exactly what I do.
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        I use a spinning mat. Makes all the difference in the world.
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          #5
          Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

          LIGHTBULB! A spinning mat has now been ordered - thank you so much for the help!


          Jeannette

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            #6
            Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

            Buy the largest one you can afford.
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              #7
              Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

              Or rotate the fabric 90 degrees before you start cutting. So instead of the strip running horizontally across the table and cutting mat, I have the strip running vertically up and down the cutting mat. Now I am making cuts left to right, and right to left, instead of away from me and towards me. Much safer. After about a foot of cutting, I move the strip down closer to me and keep going.
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                #8
                Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

                This is why I love this forum... So many great suggestions on just about anything!

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                  #9
                  Re: hints for using a template with a rotary cutter

                  That's why I designed and had my husband build me a 24" round turntable cutting mat.
                  It will do any shape up to a 16in square.

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