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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Drawing Diagonal Lines on Fabric

Sometimes I have a hard time drawing the diagonal line on squares. The line doesn't end up straight because the fabric shifts under the ruler as a use the pencil to draw the line.

Here's what I came up with:

I use a sheet of 220 grit Wet or Dry sandpaper.

The grit is very fine and holds the fabric so that it doesn't shift.
I use a ruler and a mechanical pencil. The mechanical pencil makes a very fine line and it is easy to get the line right on the edge of the ruler.

The lines are all straight, the fabric hasn't shifted and it hasn't stretched along the bias.
It works for me. If you have another way of drawing the diagonal line on your squares please leave a comment and let me know!

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