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Snip and Rip a Straight Edge

September 30, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

While working on curtains with my mom this past weekend, she shared a little tip to snip and rip fabric to create a straight edge. So, I thought I would pass it along!

I had six yards of fabric and I wanted two 85″ panels. I kept measuring and pinning only to find that my measuring (or my pinning) wasn’t accurate and no where close to straight. I was so frustrated.  I just wanted a straight edge to work with on both panels. Then my mom suggested I snip and rip. Say what??? Well, she taught me this simple trick to create a straight and square edge when working with large pieces of woven fabric.

To do this, measure your length needed and snip through the selvage an inch or two. Make sure your cut is straight and in line with the grain of the fabric.

Totally Stitchin': Snip & Rip Technique

Next, grab each side of the cut and quickly rip it.  The faster the rip (and the tighter the hold), the better the result. The edge will be nice and straight. It is probably a good idea to give yourself a little bit of extra length in your measurements. This technique will loosen the weave of the fabric at the edge.

Totally Stitchin': Snip & Rip Technique

Things to Remember with the Snip and Rip Technique

  • Remember to take into account the loosened weave for seam allowance.  You want to make sure you leave enough of an allowance to extend past the loosened weave.
  • This works best with larger cuts of light to medium woven fabrics.

It took me 3 minutes to measure my fabric along the selvage, snip the edge and rip the fabric.  If I had gone with the pinning and measuring, I would probably still be working on that straight edge!

 

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