Posted by Katie smith / 1/04/2015 / 4 Comments / love my fabrics , scanncut , silhouette
Tips for Cutting Fabric on Die Cut Machines
Hey guys, I announced this here on the blog last week- My Mom and I are part of the new Love My Fabrics design team! We're a mother/daughter team so we're coming up with projects and blogging them together, which should be lots of fun. My mom is an amazing quilter.
Today I am up on the Love My Fabrics blog and I wanted to share with you my post here as well. I shared a couple of my favorite tips for die cutting fabric on electronic cutting machines as well as what settings I use.
I have 2 die cut machines, the Silhouette Portrait and the Brother Scan N Cut and it has taken a bit (lots of cutting fails) of practice to figure out what works and what doesn't when it comes to cutting fabric.
Here are the settings I use for the Silhouette:
Blade: 4, Speed: 5, Thickness: 33
Here are the settings I use for the Brother Scan N Cut:
Blade: 6, Speed: 3, Pressure: 0
I've found that I have to have either really stiff fabric or have something like heat n bond on the back of the fabric to cut it. I recently found a product called Terial Magic. It's a spray you can use to stiffen your fabric and it works wonderfully with die cutting. Here's a bit about it from the website:
"Terial Magic allows you to play with single ply fabric in a whole new way. It replaces stabilizers and fusibles for quilters and embroiderers, keeps fraying in check for scrapbookers and crafters and gives the fabric a firmer hand for holding shapes and folds for all fabric projects. It is quickly becoming a household product suitable for any quilter, sewer, crafter, embroiderer or other DIY’er’s toolbox! Treat your fabric in 3 simple steps... spray, air dry and iron! Terial Magic™ lasts, but is water soluble and can be washed out if desired. "
It's definitely helpful for cutting fabric on die cut machines but I can't wait to try it for other projects as well.
Another tip I have is that you always have a separate cutting blade for fabric. Just like scissors, paper will dull your blade, so be sure to have 1 blade for paper and one blade for fabric.
What are your favorite tips? Have you cut fabric out on a diecut machine?