Let’s start with the lighter fabric. Smooth the fabric down onto the cutting mat (if your mat is nice and sticky with fresh adhesive, it will always cut the fabric more easily). Select your design (I am cutting a “w” from the ‘tis the season fabrique design card) – go ahead and start your cut.
It works just like paper – perfect with the first cut:
Now, let’s cut the heavier fabric.
Yikes, here’s what happened the first time I tried to cut the heavier fabric using one “pass” with the Slice:
As you can see, it did not cut completely through:
Don’t worry – it’s an easy fix…and now that you’ve read this tip here, you’ll know BEFORE you begin cutting so you won’t have to waste any expensive fabric. Go ahead and do your first cut:
Now, do NOT lift the Slice to check the fabric. After the first cut is complete, just go ahead and select the same cut and let it cut one more time. Remember – do not lift or adjust the positioning in any way:
Okay, now that the second pass is complete, go ahead and remove the Slice from the mat…this is what your piece should look like now – another perfect “W.”
I haven’t ever had to do a third pass, but I’m assuming that if your fabric is even thicker than mine, you could do another cut to get nice clean edges.
I absolutely love my Slice hands-free kit. It really does make Slicing that much more enjoyable and with a better end result! When spraying the mat with the repositionable spray adhesive, I’ve found the following tip can help, so I wanted to share it with you today.
I love having a sticky Slice mat but I do not like sticky fingers! So I cover the edges of the mat with masking tape before I spray, and just about ¼ in all the way around on the mat itself (to the thick black line). I know I won’t be cutting right up to that edge, so I know that it’s not going to make a difference to the performance of my Slice. However, where it really saves time is when it comes to cleaning the mat – no sticky on the edges to remove!
This is what the mat looks like with the masking tape:
It can also be helpful to run a fingernail gently in the groove between the edge of the mat and the glass board, just to make sure no spray gets in there.
Then spray your board!
(OK I’ll confess: the person who actually sprays my Slice mat is my husband, whose hands you see in these pictures… J )
Once it’s sprayed, you can remove the tape, then the edges will still be smooth and not sticky, and it means less cleaning next time you need to respray.
I loved this project that the Slice It Up Blog posted so I wanted to share. Make sure to check out the blog to find more inspiration.
Last week at the Carter's store I found these cute little snap tees on clearance for $1.99 for a 5-pack!!! My mind started churning and I bought all 6 packs they had! I am always needing baby gifts, my plan is to make a bunch of these cute little shirts and have them all ready to go.
I don't sew much, but I love cutting fabric with my Slice Elite. When JoAnns had fabric quarters on sale for .99 I stocked up with all kinds of colors and prints. I ironed the fabric onto the Making Memories Fusible Web and sprayed my hands free mat with Slice repositionable spray adhesive. Using the Applique Basics design card I cut out butterfly shapes in different colors and then ironed them onto the shirt. I think these shirts will make great little baby gifts!!
Guess what? We have a new blog and Facebook page specificially for the Slice Fabrique.
The Slice Fabrique is works with design cards specifically customized for fabric allowing you to cut alphabets, numbers, flowers, icons, basic shapes, and more. The Slice Fabrique™ works on a variety of different fabrics such as felt, flannel, and cotton. Apply a fusible web to your fabric prior to cutting so your fabric die-cuts are ready to be ironed on to your project. You'll love the result.
It's so easy and affordable to personalize your clothing with the Slice. Add cute little flowers on your daughters skirt, create sports shirts for the little league, or personalize an apron for yourself.
This skirt was created using the Applique Basics design card. I cut 2" and 2 1/2" flowers, ironed them on, and sitched a flower for the center. The flowers add the right touch of personalization, which I love.
To create these flowers, first pick your favorite fabrics. Choose your favorite flower from the Applique Basics Design Card. I cut two of each pattern using the 4" flower. Place the flowers so the pattern is showing on the outside and stitch around them. Add the flowers to a pipe cleaner for the steam. Gently fold and crease the flower when stitching the center button to add dimension.