Today I had my first experience using a KNK Zing Air. It is an amazing little machine!! Recently there has been a surge of interest in using electronic cutters to cut fabric pieces for applique both for people who do hand applique and those who applique by machine. The shop where I work has decided that the KNK Zing Air is the best cutter for the job. (I might have had a bit of influence in the decision 🙂 ). Friday two Zing Air cutters arrived at the shop. Today (Sunday) one of them is helping me prepare my post.
A friend who works with us at the shop had a request to create an applique for a wall hanging she wants to create. She explained her plan to me and provided a copy of a photo that was her inspiration. I was able to use an existing file from the Make The Cut Gallery and node edit it so it resembled the photos.
Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Heat-N-Bond
Cotton Quilting Fabric backed with Steam-A-Seam Lite 2
Machine Used: KNK Zing Air
For Cotton Fabrics: Fabric blade, Speeds 11/15, Force 75, Multi 2, Offset .75, PIN 25
For Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl: Red blade, Speeds 15/15, Force 30, Multi 1, Offset .25, PIN 25
Okay, skulls are not my thing, but—. The request was for a 4″ high skull cut from fabric so it could be appliqued onto a base fabric. The green one in the picture is about 3.5″ high because I forgot that the measurements in the bar in MTC also include the vector handles. So I corrected the size before cutting the others. The green one has Heat-N-Bond fused to the back of the fabric. The two pieces did not get cut cleanly apart because the Zing mat was not sticky enough to hold the fabric in place while cutting. The white one has Steam-A-Seam Lite 2 fused to the back of the fabric and the Steam-A-Seam itself is sticky so that stickiness, in addition to the adhesive on the mat, was successful in holding the fabric in place for a clean cut. After seeing the amount of detail that would have to be dealt with in using this design for an applique, I thought that the Iron-on Heat Transfer Vinyl would be a better choice for the applique and it would not have to be stitched down. The black glittery skull was cut from this vinyl. And I did remember to mirror the image before cutting the vinyl since it is cut from the back side.
So now I know a little about the Zing and will be able to help customers as they expand their skills into our world of Klic-N-Kut.