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How to cut bias strips for piping

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Comment by Avril Farmer on July 5, 2014 at 11:56am
Thinking of doing a bias border on a quilt and this video explained the technic beautifully. Thank you
Comment by Marlene C on September 8, 2010 at 11:40pm
Thank you for telling me about the resin mat--I think I have seen that at JoAnn's but never thought of it as using with a rotary cutter. I like that idea and can see how it would work and they are larger than the healing mats that I own.
Comment by Peg Baker on September 8, 2010 at 8:07pm
Hi Marlene, Thank you for your comments on my tutorial. Actually, the mat in the video is not cardboard but resin. Under my mat is a pin-able, press-able surface that is covered with 1/4" felt bat and canvas. I get these materials from the Rowley Company: As I mentioned to Barbara, I have found little difference in the performance of my rotary cutter on resin as compared to "self-healing" mats. I use the resin mat from Joann's because it is the perfect size and is not easy to find. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts on this. Sincerely, Peg
Comment by Marlene C on September 8, 2010 at 2:16pm
I should say--I do not use my rotary cutter on this mat--only scissor cutting.
Comment by Marlene C on September 8, 2010 at 2:13pm
I was rewatching the video and I have had several of these mats--the mat is white cardboard with the markings on it and it folds into thirds--I do not cut on it but it is great to stick pins into.
Comment by Peg Baker on June 15, 2010 at 1:27pm
Hi All,
About the cutting mat: yes, it is from JoAnn Fabrics (that's me in the video)! It is the second mat of this kind I've had in about 10 years. You're right, Barbara, it is not self-healing. However, after heavy use in my workroom, that mat still works fine for me. The previous mat is now in two pieces; I use it on my work table when I'm crafting small projects and need space for ironing. The other piece goes with me to our local fabric store where I teach home decor sewing skills. An added note: The rotary cutter in the video is an Olfa 45mm tool with Olfa blades (I also use the 30mm cutter). It has been my cutting system of choice for many years and, to my knowledge, has not been adversely affected by the mat. That being said, if there were a better mat in that size that I could afford, I would happily try it out. Thank you all for your comments - they are a great help!
Comment by Barbara on May 30, 2010 at 9:48pm
Just a note about the cutting mat that you see here. If this is in fact the same one that JoAnn's carries, it may not be what you want. I went to Jo Ann's today to look for it for myself. They did have it (it measures 36"X59"), however, the sales assistant told me it was not self healing. I decided to purchase it anyway as the lady in the video was cuttimg on hers. When I got up to the register, another lady once again pointed out that it was not self healing and added that I would ruin my rotary cutter. She owns one but only uses it to lay out her fabric. I bought it anyway! Half way home, I turned around after much thinking about what I had been told and returned it. Thought I'd share this information with you just in case you are able to obtain one so that you know what you are getting.
Comment by aimilia on May 28, 2010 at 4:09pm
Thank you for the info, yet unfortunately they don't ship internationally ... Pitty, I really want one of those in a large dimension...
Comment by Julie817 on May 27, 2010 at 7:35pm
I believe this is the cutting mat in the video. Not sure if they ship overseas though.
Comment by aimilia on May 27, 2010 at 3:56pm
This is so helpful! I will give it a try as I want to decorate a bustier I am currently making with piping from the same fabric. One question though: Can anyone tell me where I can buy such a cutting mat as the one the lady is using? And it has to be online as I live in Greece... Thank you

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