Cut a Straight Line: Pull a Thread

While working on this linen scroll project I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to straighten a piece of fabric. I wonder, does everyone know this? I learned it in my first year of 4-H back in Ohio. Recently I learned that taking two threads together is safer in case one breaks.

Here it’s easy to see how a pulled thread can provide the cutting line to straighten the edge of this fabric.

For the gazar silk scroll I made months ago I needed to cut off a piece from the length of fabric I had on hand. This was a slow, tedious process but necessary.

Here’s how to get a thread started. Pick up a thread or snip a bit into the cloth to pick up one. Another way is seen in the first photo. Find the lowest point in an edge and select the thread at that point.

Then just cut on your line. Sometimes when a thread breaks, I cut up to the point where it broke and pick up the thread there and continue pulling and cutting, pulling and cutting.

You can see that for a twill weave it would be a big help to have a pulled thread to cut along.

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  1. It used to be (way back in time) in nice fabric stores the clerk would pull a thread before cutting your yardage so that the customer got a piece of cloth cut straight. That doesn’t happen any more. I was reminded of this while watching a clerk cut many pieces for a customer recently.


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