Here are a few tools I can't seem to live without when I create fabric postcards (FPC).
|Olfa Limited Edition|
#1 ROTARY CUTTER AND MATI especially love to use the scallop or pinking blade on my rotary cutter. Who says a postcard edge must always remain "straight"?
Standard blades come in 18mm, 38mm, 45mm and 60mm sizes.
I use 45mm due to multiple layers.
There are many good brands and styles on the sewing market. I believe I own about four different brands!
A gridded mat will help speed up your measuring and squaring off process.
Rotary Cutting Safety Tips by Janet Wickell
OLFA: Top 5 Ways to use a Rotary Cutter
|Kai pinking blade|
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It fits most 45mm rotary cutter handles. I have not personally tried this but it sure looks interesting! I'm sure I'll be purchasing one soon.
#2 CARDBOARD "VIEWING" FRAME
I made this purple frame from heavy card stock. The opening is an exact 4"x6" window. This comes in handy when previewing fabric prints and design placements.
Make yourself a few of them because they are easy to misplace and tear. I've been planning on making a sturdier window frame template from flexible plastic, similar to the plastic used in loose leaf binders. This is used as a pre-viewing aid, NOT a cutting aid.
#3 NON-STICK CRAFTING OR COOKING SHEETS
| RANGER INKS SHEET|
If you buy them from a sewing shop you will pay significantly more. If you purchase from a cooking utensil shop, they are much more affordable! I even found one
extra-large sheet in a clearance bin for
$5. It was listed as a non-stick grill sheet.
|BEAR THREAD DESIGNS|
|MADE BY MeSEW|
I discovered and ordered this clever 4x6 template made by "Me Sew". It is growing on me everyday! The handle is comfort-able and adds stability when trimming outer edges. It is made from durable poly-carbonate.
My only disappointment is it measures 3 7/8" x 5 7/8" in size. I prefer it to actually cut a real 4"x6" postcard size.
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#5 TOP-STITCHING NEEDLESThe larger needle eye is durable enough to penetrate all the layers of a fabric postcard.
I dislike changing needles for different threads and this top stitch style needle is adaptable to many different thread types and weights. It has a larger groove along the scarf to assist with normal or heavier threads. My favorite needle size is 90/14.
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