We love finding great tutorials from people all over the world, amazing makers sharing their talents in sewing. We often find, however, that a good tutorial on techniques and skills is hard to find, especially for the things some might find “simple” — but sometimes it’s helpful to see exactly how someone else is teaching it so we can learn what we do and don’t like. Check out this great photo-packed tutorial all the way from Australia, detailing cutting techniques that can be applied to quilting, home decor, or apparel and accessory sewing!
Cutting, we believe, is the most important step in any sewing project. Those lines you create will be your guide for your seam allowance, so the straighter that line, the straighter your stitching will turn out. A lot of gadgetry you’ll find in the notions section of any store can leave your head spinning, wondering just how many rulers and cutting tools you really need. Bec from Chasing Cottons details the essentials, our favorite tools that will ensure a clean cut and knock time off your sewing prep so that you can get to the good stuff, faster!
The more you get into your craft you’ll learn more and more about the specific tools and supplies you will need to suit your needs. We like to start small, so that we don’t get wrapped up in collecting and can focus on buying more of what we really need — fabric and Coats & Clark thread! This article focuses on the three main ingredients of a perfect cut: Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler.
Not sure if your technique is picture perfect? Head on over to Chasing Cottons for the full how-to on cutting properly, with great tips on efficiency and supplies.
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