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Cutting Felt Fabric

OscarOscar Member Posts: 3
Hi. I bought Felt fabric to cut on the machine, although I bought the fabric blade as well I find it hard to cut the shape I want on the fabric. It does not stick properly on the sticky mat. How can you help me please? Thank you

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  • MeFlickMeFlick Member Posts: 9,231
    Hi Oscar and welcome to the Make the Cut! (MTC) support forum. Since MTC works with a variety of different cutters - you will first need to let us know WHICH cutter you are trying to cut with. ;) Then if you are using that cutter's mats, or different mats. Felt fabric is not the easiest of material to cut and it really depends upon the felt as there are different types, thicknesses, density, etc.
    Go Vols!
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    Cutting with 18" Silver Bullet and a KNK Force (the rest are collecting dust!)
  • Liz_ALiz_A Member Posts: 10,404
    @Oscar...if you are using a Zing or other KNK cutter, you can find suggestions for the proper settings to use in the User Manual. The one for the Zing is found here:

    http://www.iloveknk.com/0um/KNKZing/KNKZingwithMTCUserManual.pdf

    I believe the consensus is that with some felt, you may never get a decent cut, and if the shape is very intricate, small or detailed, again more challenging. The felt needs to be well brayered to the mat, you may need to add extra sticky to hold it and tape all round the edges. Slow speeds, and multiple passes are also suggested.
  • OscarOscar Member Posts: 3
    Thank you very much for this suggestion. I do use zing and as I mentioned I bought the special blade for fabric and as mentioned on KNKZing website it cuts felt and other delicate fabrics. I will try to follow your instruction with sticky tape and slow speed .. I was trying to cut a simple circle just to see how the blade does the job but unfortunately, the sticky mat was not strong enough to keep the felt piece firmly under the blade and the felt started gethering .. it was scary experience. I will take a picture next time and I hope that there will be .....may be .....kind of clips for example to be attached with the machine to hold the fabric.. Thank you Liz_A and MeFlick
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,605
    There's a tutorial on cutting felt at this link. I high recommend reading it:

    http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/Tutorials/Klic-N-Kut/Applications/
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
  • OscarOscar Member Posts: 3
    Hi SandyMcC

    That was really good link.. Thank you very much.. I liked the neat cut petals and the butterfly.. I will try mine and tell you.. Thanx again
  • SandyMcCSandyMcC Member Posts: 7,605
    You're welcome! And don't forget that the kind of felt you're cutting can make a big difference in the results you get. A wool blend is usually best for clean cuts. Eco-fine is terrible and wears out blades very quickly.
    Sandy McCauley
    Cutting with KNK Force, Maxx Air, Zing Orbit, Skycut C and D
    Over 90 free MTC videos: http://www.iloveknk.com/support/mtc-support/
    Latest MTC User Manuals: http://www.iloveknk.com/Support/user-manuals/
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