Inklingo 'Layer to Cut for Machine Piecing


Layer to Cut is an easy way to prepare accurate shapes for machine piecing—without measuring, without templates. This article describes the amazing advantages of a very simple approach using Inklingo. Print a few, cut a bunch!

Inklingo 'Layer to Cut for Machine Piecing

LAYER TO CUT is a simple concept, but it opens our thinking to exciting, easy, accurate methods.
It is so simple that it is easy to underestimate its advantages.

LAYER TO CUT  uses a sheet of fabric like a ruler or template.
We print the shapes on fabric with Inklingo and any ordinary Inkjet printer.

A sheet of fabric doesn’t slide around the way acrylic does and since precise cutting lines are marked, there is no measuring.

To cut 100 Half Square Triangles (HST 2 inch size) for machine piecing, you only need to print one fabric with 20 triangles. Layer the printed fabric with 4 unprinted fabrics and use the top layer as a cutting guide. Cut all 5 layers at once.

Since all Inklingo shapes are named with the FINISHED size, you don't need math or measuring—or weird ruler instructions!

We do not normally need stitching lines for machine piecing. All of the triangles will be perfect—with no measuring and no dog ears, so the seams align perfectly! 

Inklingo layouts are carefully designed to use fabric efficiently and there is often a choice to suit scraps and strips.

If you print two-inch HST with Layout 2, you can cut the printed sheet into rows to fit on 2.5 inch strips of fabric.  It's the same for hexagons or any other shape.

LAYER TO CUT requires even less ink than would be used to print every shape for a quilt. 

1. Simplify the printing!

• Print the lightest fabric so the cutting lines are easy to see.
• Difficult-to-print fabrics don’t need to be printed at all.
• Only one fabric is tested to choose the right ink color.

2. Machine piecing is faster, easier and more accurate!

• Layer pairs of fabrics right sides together, so the shapes will be ready to to pick up two at a time for chain piecing.
• Mirror image can be achieved just by layering fabrics right side up or wrong side up in relation to the printed sheet.
• Pinning the layers together is not usually necessary, but you can press first to prevent shifting, if necessary.

3. Using scraps and odd bits of fabric is efficient.

• Print a large sheet of fabric for efficiency and cut it into sizes that can be layered on small pieces or strips.
• Layer to Cut makes very efficient use of fabric. Trim the margins from the printed fabric before layering with unprinted fabrics.

4. Great design opportunities! 
• The unprinted layers can be made up of fabrics that have already been strip pieced or string pieced. (Wow!) 
• Muslin or other inexpensive fabrics can printed to use as “disposable rulers”—and then tossed

5. A variation allows you to treat a single shape like a template.

• A single shape can be printed on fabric or template material to cut more shapes—no measuring and everything identical.
• Instead of measuring, cut one shape to use as a template to establish the width required for strips (and layers of strips).

TIP Use two cutting mats!
Use a large cutting mat for cutting yardage and freezer paper. Use a smaller mat for cutting printed sheets of fabric, so you can turn the mat without disturbing the fabric.

LAYER TO CUT works any time you don't need the sewing lines on every shape.  I use it when I am cutting triangles for machine piecing or hexagons for paper piecing.

For more rotary cutting tips, please see the All About Inklingo blog.

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Please see the other Inklingo articles on QuiltingHub too!

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Linda Franz

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