Do you get frustrated and have trouble cutting small sections in cutwork designs? This tip uses a non-traditional tool for cutwork in tight spaces.
Sometimes, the right tool for the job isn’t always made for that job. Unless you make your own clothing, you might not even know how this tool is used. It’s a buttonhole cutter, otherwise known as a chisel with a razor-sharp edge.
Several years ago, I discovered just how handy a buttonhole cutter is while creating a project for Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine.
Since you're one of Bonnie’s fans, you must enjoy applique. If you enjoy stitching applique, you will likely love creating cutwork. Cutwork is essentially the same process but instead of adding fabric like you do in applique, you cut fabric away.
With applique, you cut fabric away outside of the tack-down stitches. Cutwork placement stitches show you where to cut fabric away inside the stitch line.
Depending upon the size of the design, areas that you need to cut out can be quite small. Often, you can carefully snip the center of the fabric to get a hole started for trimming, but with smaller tack-down areas, it’s difficult to separate the fabric you want to cut from the stabilizer. Using a buttonhole cutter is much easier.
Cut a slice into the middle of each area you need to cut. Go the whole way through the stabilizer. My buttonhole cutter came with a miniature cutting mat. If yours doesn’t, or if you are using an X-Acto knife, make sure you place a piece of wood or a cutting mat behind whatever you are cutting.
Since cutwork is stitched on a fabric-type water-soluble stabilizer (WSS), use a
couple pieces of an adhesive WSS or glue strips of fabric-type WSS)over the cut marks on the back of your hooped stabilizer.
Flip the hoop over and carefully trim away the layer or layers of fabric with small sharp scissors.
The WSS “band aid” holds the stabilizer snug for stitching final satin stitches around the cut edges.
When embroidery is finished, rinse away all WSS, press, and you are done!
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