It's necessary to take extra care preparing fabric for die cutters —
As die cutters pull a die through the machine, the fabric laid on the die is pressed into it and slightly stretched during the pull/ pressure of the cutting process. To minimize to possibility of distorted or misshaped pieces, die cutters recommend fabric be placed on the die so that the direction of least stretch, lengthwise, runs the length of the die as it is fed through the machine
Here's how QuiltSandwich can help —
1. The Yardage Calculator makes it easier to adjust for the extra fabric die cutters need
2. The cutting diagram helps you quickly verify the shape will be properly oriented on the lengthwise grain before cutting strips
Below are general instructions for all die cutters — BUT because every die and every machine are different — please, please run a test or two before cutting project fabrics!
Step by step instructions to take the stress out of fabric prep for die cutting
3. Open the QuiltSandwich Yardage Calculator. If on your iPhone, switch to Calculator from Quilt Calc mode.
NOTE: Each step below corresponds to the number on the picture of the Yardage Calculator —
5. Set to 'Rectangle or Square'
7. Set Number of Pieces to the number needed
8. Adjust the piece size using QuiltSandwich's Seam Allowance setting. add an extra 1/2" to the shape's finished size as required for die cutting by
This final adjustment depends on whether you set the shape's width & length to cut or finished size —
You've got the yardage you need and a cutting diagram to create the 7" wide piece to put through your die cutter.
Here's another example --
The iPad screenshot shows the Calculator settings on the left and cutting diagram on the right.
The Finished Width and Finished Length settings are set to the die cut size 3 1/2" width x 6 1/2" length
Piece Layout is set to 'Force Layout',ensuring the cutting diagram will put piece length on the lengthwise grain
Seam Allowance is set to 1/4" to add the extra needed for die cutting
The Cutting Diagram shows exactly how to prepare the fabric and cut the strip for the 4" x 7" pieces. Notice the lengthwise grain is correctly running the length (longest side) of the piece, exactly as it needs to be oriented to feed through the die cutter.