When cutting fabric for customers it is really important to me that it is cut straight, so that the customer gets the full yardage they paid for, on both ends.
I keep changing my mind as to whether it is best to cut fabric with scissors; or to snip and tear?
The pros of cutting with scissors is that the line is neat. The disadvantage, however, is that it is very difficult to cut in a completely straight line! As a result I almost always cut a spare 5-10cm minimum, to allow for a curving line.
The pros of snipping and tearing fabric is that the line will be neat and across the grain. However, I always wonder if some customers might have a problem with this technique, as the finish doesn’t look as neat, and on some fabrics e.g. jerseys it causes the edge of the fabric to roll.
What do you prefer when you buy fabric? To have been cut by scissors, or by tearing? Does it depend on the type of fabric e.g. cotton / jerseys?
Your feedback will be much appreciated – thank you!