Feature Friday! Using Fabric with your Die-namics Dies

I’ve got a Feature Friday video today, and its in response to a customer question over on our Facebook page. We’re here to help, so please give us a shout out if there is a special topic you’d like to see covered.  Today I’m going to show you some tips for working with fabric and your Die-namics dies.

Today’s video uses a Vagabond, and I’ve also cut these materials before with a Big Shot.  I’m sorry to say that I can’t personally vouch for other die-cutting products as these are the two I have on hand.   As you’ll see in the video, for cutting the cotton canvas and the burlap, I’ve shown how I add extra pressure upon the blade pressing into the fabric by adding a piece of thin cardboard (or two) to your sandwich stack. The very important information here is to investigate how much additional thickness you can add to your machine safely.  Do not ever *force* material through. If the machine is not accepting the additional thickness, do not force it, or you may permanently damage your machine.  Increase your shims by only a single piece at a time, for instance, I’ve added a single piece of thin cardboard for cutting the cotton canvas, and I then used two pieces to cut the burlap. After seeing the performance of the first layer, I was fairly confident that the machine would accept the additional layer of card stock.    If you ever sense that your machine is under stress, do NOT force through an additional layer. In today’s tutorial, I’m using a product called Heat and Bond, I found mine at my local craft store. I’m using the “LITE” version, which you can sew through if you choose to.  (After all, I didn’t want to accidentally damage my sewing machine….)  The Heat and Bond will serve as a fabric stiffener, and will give you a clean edge, with no fraying once the fabric has been die cut. All you need is a very brief press with your iron.  The important detail is to not use the  steam setting, only a dry iron.  Here’s a quick tip: I chose to iron on top of  a piece of card stock so that I didn’t get any extra adhesive on my ironing board.  The extra step of adding the Heat and Bond is well worth it for me for these neat, clean edges! I’ll show you how to cut fabric, lightweight cotton canvas and burlap in today’s video with the Simply Scallops Die-namics.  I love the fresh texture this will add to your projects! I’ve also used this technique to create a Burlap Die-namics Large Rolled Rose embellishment. For anyone that is loving the paper it is October Afternoon: Farmhouse 8×8 paper pad.  I’ve used one of my favorite go-to sets, Own Your Story.