How to Pre Cut Fabric Strips in Under 10 Mins

This is based on the video transcript: Hi, this is Sharon, Quilter’s Slidelock.

How many times have you opened a pack of pre-cut 2.5 inch strips only to find they’re everything but two and a half inches, too narrow, too wide, or have elbow curves at the fold? Frustrating isn’t it? Drives me crazy.

In this video, Pearl’s going to show you how easy it is to cut 42 perfectly sized 2.5 inch width fabric strips in less than 10 minutes. The amount of time and resizing frustration learning how to pre cut fabric strips saves you, will amaze you.

How to Pre Cut Fabric Strips

Let’s start with the basics. We’re using six pressed and folded fabrics. That’s a total of 12 fabric layers, our 24 inch lighted edge Slidelock, our 6.5 and 17 inch lighted lines rulers and a 60 mm rotary cutter. A 60 mm blade will glide right through all 12 fabric layers with perfect results.

A quick note about the 24 inch Slidelock. Slidelocks feature a full length of tool retractable gripping system, a built-in safety handle to hold your hand up and away from the cutting blade, and a 1/4 inch thick base. Pushing down on the handle extends the grippers through the base onto the fabric. Maintaining a minimum of downward pressure firmly locks both slide lock and fabric in place while you cut. Nothing moves, not the fabric, not the Slidelock. A quick sideways swipe with a Slidelock across your fabric instantly smooths the fabric flat. Now let’s get cutting.

We’ve already placed the folded edges against the parallel mat line. To square up the fabric edges simply align the Slidelock along a vertical line, push down on the safety handle, hold and cut. Move the Slidelock aside, measure a two and a 1/2 inch wide strip with your ruler, bring the Slidelock up against the ruler’s edge, move the ruler aside, and cut. One stack of six precisely cut strips done. Just six more stacks to go.

See that yellow handle in the middle of the ruler? That’s about a three and a 1/2 inch piece of vinyl tape pinched together at the top with the lower half stuck right out the ruler, doesn’t interfere with anything. You can slide the ruler aside. You can easily pick it up. You don’t have to push the ruler to the edge of a table trying to get a hold of it. I’ve tried a whole lot of ruler handles. This is the best I’ve ever found. Give it a try. You’ll like it.

All finished. Seven strip stacks times six fabrics equals 42 perfectly cut 2.5 inch width of pre cut fabric strips in less than 10 minutes. Fast, straight, accurate. The best part, this cutting technique can be used to cut multiple fabric layers into any size of pre-cuts you need. 42 perfectly sized two and a half inch strips project ready. No resizing necessary.

2 thoughts on “How to Pre Cut Fabric Strips in Under 10 Mins”

  1. The thickness of the slidelock seems to be too thick for my cutting tool. I’m using 45 Olfa cutting tool. Am I holding the cutting tool correctly? Thank you.

    1. Hi Ruth, I use and have always used Olfa cutters; both the 45mm and the 60mm. I have no problems cutting against the Slidelocks with either tool. If you watch any of our how-to videos, you will see those rotary cutters being used. One question? are you by chance placing the Slidelock “on top” of a quilting ruler? Slidelocks were not designed to be used that way. If not, how many fabric layers are you cutting at one time. I cut 6 layers with a 45mm and up to 10 layers using a 60mm. I am unable to see how you are holding the rotary cutter. The handle of the cutter should be tilted up but not straight up. I also tilt my cutter handle just a smidgen outward away from the slidelock. Doing so holds just a small portion of the cutter blade directly against the guiding edge of the Slidelock base without “rubbing” the blade against the Slidelock edge. Just that little bit of tilt significantly extends the life of your cutter blade. Again, I suggest you visit our website and watch the “how it works” video on the home page. Notice how the cutter handle is held while cutting. You can reach me at anytime. I will be glad to call and walk you through the cutting process anytime. Happy Quilting!

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