Originally Posted by cameronjreed
At the mid-point I use a measuring tape to determine the maximum amount of curve I want (6" or 10" etc, etc) I make a mark on the fabric at this point.
I then use a piece of string (usually the chalk line) and pin one end of the string to the end of the fabric. Then do the same to the other end of the fabric, but I make sure that the string touches the mark on the fabric I made at the mid-point.
With the string still in place I carefully (without moving the string) make several tiny dots on the fabric along the string with a sharpie or other marking device.
Remove the string.
Connect the dots using a ruler or straight edge.
VILOA perfect cat cut pattern.
To ease the cutting process I leave the fabric pinned to the wall while I use a soldering iron to cut and fuse the edges of the fabric.
Be careful using a soldering iron for anything other than its intended purpose.
Also...Using a soldering iron on sheet rock (or plaster walls) will leave permanent marks.
how does this create one curve rather than 2 straight lines running form the ends to the center mark??? did i miss something?
that actually seems like a good idea though, getting down on your hands and knees on the floor is a pain, and the fabric would probably spread better, probably wouldn't work as well for trying to trace a pattern with though.
did the fabric lay flat and still against the wall? if you mounted a cutting board on the wall, you could just tilt the bottom out a bit.
Grizz, a couple of the online shops sell a "hot knife" it's just a soldering iron with a round blade tip, (not sharp) you might be able to find something similar in a soldering iron kit. i cut fabric almost exclusivly with one now, the back of a peice of white 4x8 tileboard from home depot works great. it's about 3/16" or so thick, looks like dry erase board on one side and brown on the back. i think it's wood product, but not like particle board, the compressed wood is in tiny fiber form so it is really consistent which is what makes it work well)