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Stack Cutting Tips

by Margaret Islander, Islander Sewing Systems

For a quick way to cut multiples of the same garment, Islander recommends stack cutting. Cotton and cotton type fabrics most readily lend themselves to this technique.

The basis of her technique is a layer of paper. Newspaper will work fine, but if you are cutting white or light colored fabric, examination table paper (obtainable in large rolls through a medical supply house) is best. Also be sure to get the type with a glazed surface, not with a crepe surface.

The paper technique can also be used to prevent slippage with fabrics such as tricot and chiffon. With these fabrics, however, work with only one layer of fabric and paper at a time.

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