Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tip of the Week

My eyes are not what they used to be, apparently. I've been having trouble cutting very dark fabric, especially when I'm cutting on the whole inch mark. I use my 5-inch square Omnigrid ruler a lot, but it can be really hard to line up the skinny black whole inch line on black fabric.

So, I came up with a solution that works on lots (but not all) black or really dark fabric:

Just turn the fabric over and cut on the wrong side, which is likely to be quite a bit lighter than the "right" side! Sooooo much easier to see. Like I said, it won't work for all black and dark fabrics - if your fabric is yarn dyed, like a homespun, you're probably out of luck.

I'm probably 100 years late in discovering this trick, but I thought I'd pass it along anyway.

1 comment:

Kim said...

I found the frosted rulers to be a HUGE help in being able to see where the lines are. Try one out the next time you need a new rotary ruler, I think you will like it. Found you at Crafty Carol's. We are her PIF quilters!! :o)