As I was getting ready to make gifts for Christmas last year, I decided that my 15″ KNK Maxx Air could help me by making a template to mark sewing lines on fabric. I had previously purchased some styrene from a local hardware store knowing that some day I was going to need it for something. And I did!
This is the template I cut from the styrene.
Styrene – 0.50 mm thick
Blue Painter’s Tape
Force – 140, Speed – 55, 2 Passes, Blade Height – 25 PIN
Earlier last year I had been given a very useful gift of a microwave bowl potholder. It looks like a padded fabric bowl into which you set a bowl of whatever you are heating in the microwave. When you removing the hot bowl and contents from the microwave, you don’t burn your fingers because they are protected by the potholder. These pictures show empty microwave bowl potholders and one with a bowl in a microwave.
The lines could have been drawn using a ruler but that would require doing measurements for each potholder and, in fact, doing the measurements twice for each potholder since each layer of the potholder was stitched prior to it being assembled. I had decided that I wanted to make these as neighbor gifts, as well as gifts for friends and relatives so my list added up to about 35 potholders. Way too many to be measuring and marking individually.
Using my KNK Studio software I created a file of the lines that I needed to mark. I segmented the lines so when I cut my template it didn’t fall apart but was more like a stencil.
Then I placed the sheet of styrene on a very sticky mat, taped the edges down with blue painter’s tape and cut my template using the setting listed above. The styrene actually cuts very easily but because of the thickness, two passes were required to cut all of the way through.
It saved me a lot of time to be able to make this template. I ended up making 37 potholders for our own gifts. The templates (I actually made two of them) were also used at my favorite sewing machine dealer’s store on their customer appreciation day so customers could create their own microwave bowl potholder as a Make-N-Take project.
There is no end to the things that we can create on our KNK Cutters that can make our lives easier and more productive.