I am dabbling with cutting fabric (cotton tee shirt) and making appliques – I did a search on cutting fabric (before someone says ‘use the search’) and there is painfully not a lot, I know trial and error is the key, I am gonna try with a paper setting and see what happens, I have a cool idea.
There are examples of fabric and the Glowforge, but t shirts are knit fabric which is different from denim and quilt fabric which is woven. I believe, however, that @Dan used the Glowforge to cut t shirt material for masks early on in the pandemic.
Just checked on my cotton settings. I use bonding to a flat piece of material, put it in the GF and cut out appliques. I us 350/full with 1 pass and it cuts great for me (although I’m sure it could be dialed down a lot and still cut through easily). Then, with having the bonding already on there, you just iron it on…no fraying with this method.
True. Also people use different terms to describe things.
I have found the key to working with fabric is to use interfacing, which when I search on the forum the hits are all about the glowforge interface as opposed to the fabric iron on interfacing I was searching for. I notice people use terms like “bonding” or “stabilizer”. Bonding fabric is what is probably the term used most when talking about interfacing because bonded fabrics are commonly used for interfacing. So if I had searched for fabric bonding then I would find lots of hits that are along the line of what I was looking for. Neither term is wrong, just people have a different terms they think of to search.
Stabilizers do not remain with the fabric and so I have not had luck with them.
Lol never did home ec but I do a lot of fashion sewing and interfacing is key to necklines and making things like a button up shirts collars. It stays with the fabric and is why when I engrave on denim, I don’t have an issue with the fabric falling apart even after washing it and trying to actually get it to tear apart.
What, no Simplicity Patterns for you? Interfacing for collars and lapels. Also for plackets and cuffs and…oh yeah, and when you have the interfacing laying the wrong way up it makes a pretty big mess on the iron. A mistake generally only made once.