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Video 2: Squaring up the Fabric Edge: Right-handed Single-ruler Technique

Learn how to square up fabric using a right-handed rotary cutter and one ruler.

Rotary cutting saves lots of time. Right-handers, you want to
begin with the selvage edge at the top away from
you. Your fabric is folded in half, so both your
selvages are lined up at the top. Then fold your
fabric in half one more time, matching your folded edge
with those raw selvage edges. We're only going to pay
attention to the lines on the ruler for the single
ruler method, not the lines on the mat. So I'm
going to align my ruler using one of the horizontal
lines evenly with the bottom edge that's folded here. When
I put my hand on the acrylic ruler I don't
hold it flat because I don't have that control. The
ruler could slide around. Rather I want to align one
of those horizontal lines and put my hand up on
my fingertips and that's where I'm going to apply the
pressure. Now for some quilters they like to use their
little fingers to stabilize this outside edge so they'll take
their little finger and push it just off the edge.
You want to avoid having your hands anywhere near this
edge because that's where the rotary cutter is going to
run along. So I use the straight line at the
bottom to align my ruler and get it squared up.
I've got my fingertips up. And then I'll retract the
blade. You always want to make sure that you use
whatever that cover mechanism is for your blade when you're
not using it. So, I'll retract the blade and square
up the edge by pressing down on my fingertips on
the ruler, and rolling the rotary cutter away. And straight
up that edge. I trimmed off that piece and now
this edges is square. Now I can move around to
the other side of the table to begin cutting my
strips. If you're unable to do that you want to
just move the mat instead of moving the fabric, because
once you have it squared up you want that edge
to stay straight. You're ready to again align the desired
width of your strip to cut on that straight edge
that you just cut. Put your hand up on your
fingertips again on the acrylic ruler. Use your little finger
to stabilize it. And you're ready to start making cuts.
And again, you're using the lines on the ruler, not
the ones on the mat. If these get in the
way of your cutting, you can simply turn your mat
over and use the back side. But you're ready to


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