Quick Tips for Cutting and Sewing on the Bias

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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These weights are a perfect way to stabilize your fabric while cutting out a pattern that has lines on the bias. They are also a necessity for fabrics that you cannot use pins in, such as leather.

These weights are a perfect way to stabilize your fabric while cutting out a pattern that has lines on the bias. They are also a necessity for fabrics that you cannot use pins in, such as leather.

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Cutting on the bias is easy with these tips and hints.


1. Always pin well. You don’t need 100 pins, but pinning every 4–6 inches on wovens and 2–4 inches on knits or silks will help stabilize the fabric for more precise cutting.

2. Use weights. There are these fantastic sewing weights that you can use in place of or in addition to pins. I love using these along lines that I have to cut on the bias for extra stability.

3. Don’t stretch or pull the fabric as you cut. Pulling on the fabric as you cut will distort the cut edge and, in the end, your project.

4. Use a rotary cutter! If you have a cutting mat that is big enough for you to cut your pattern out on, then use a rotary cutter. This is a fantastic way to not only cut quickly but also more precisely as you don’t have to pick up the fabric to cut as you sometimes do with scissors.

5. Staystitch along bias edges to prevent stretching. Using a slightly longer stitch length than the default on your machine, stitch along the bias edge of your fabric piece after cutting it out. This will make it harder to stretch the bias edge of the pattern piece as you are using it.

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