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Making Memories Slice Fabrique Winner

We loved reading all your comments about the Making Memories Slice! And congratulations to the winner of the new Slice Fabrique

Tornangel012 said…
I Own the original slice and I LOVE it! I’ve been wanting to get the slice fabrique since I know it is specially for fabric which is what I got the original slice for but it doesn’t quite pack the power I wanted for my fabrics. I own a lot of punches and also have a Cuttle bug that I use mostly for embossing.

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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Slice Fabrique Cordless Fabric Cutter (2 of 2)

Reported by Susie Ziegler

The Slice Fabrique Cordless Fabric Cutter is a digital design cutter with design cards made specifically to cut fabric. If you work with fabric you know that sometimes the intricate shapes of other digital design cards will not work well with fabric which snags when the knife turns sharply to cut funny angles. Then when you go to sew down the edges of your cutouts, you’ll want to have gentle curves and simple shapes.

The Slice Fabrique comes with a power cord, 3 blades with an adjustment wrench, a sturdy 6″x 6″ tempered glass mat, a very small bottle of liquid repositionable adhesive, 3 6″x 6″ fusible web sheets, a user manual, and one Applique Basics SD design card. This design card has a nice letter font, basic geometric shapes and stars, some basic leaf and tree shapes, butterflies, a nice variety of simple flowers, hears, and a few fruits.

I cannot wait to get started with this! I am particularly excited about the easy to sew letter font. I cant wait to make letter monograms in cute fabrics! So the first thing I have to do is get the repositionable adhesive goo onto the glass mat and let it dry.

I’m supposed to use a thin layer of this stuff, but it globbed out of the bottle right away.


I am not exactly sure how thin a thin layer is.


Next I have to iron on the fusible web to the back of my fabric. Fusible web is a paper backed product that when ironed, can fuse fabric to fabric. The manufacturer, Making Memories, recommends that I use their fusible webbing. I had some small fabric charm squares which, at 4 inches, are a little bit smaller than the glass mat and the squares of webbing provided in the packaging. There are only 3 little sheets of fusible webbing in the package. Be sure to pick up some more when you get your Slice Fabrique.


I ironed on a square of their fusible web and I also fused another brand of fusible web to another one of my charm squares.


I pressed my square of fabric onto my sticky glass mat. I’m going to make a monogram for a little girl I know, so I plugged in the Slice Fabrique inserted the design card and selected the letter I need.


I set it in the center of the mat and pressed the button to cut. You can choose sizes of your shape from 1 inch to 4 inches and you can cut out a shadow of your selection or a mirror of it.


It cut super fast, but uh-oh… it totally did not work. It looks like the fabric was not stuck to the mat, but I’m sure I did a good and careful job with the adhesive. I tried again with the other square and it failed again.


Perhaps the square of fabric was too small. Next I fused a larger piece of fabric that could be held in position by the Slice Fabrique as it cut. Success! I got a very good cut out of felt as well using my other brand of fusible web without any paper back.


I did get a nice shadowed monogram too, but my cuts did not always work out. And I seemed to be wasting my fabric because I needed large 6-inch squares for each cut.


I stitched up a monogrammed drawstring bag. I really love the shadowed font, and it was easy to stitch down too..

The other side has a shadowed butterfly. Cute and easy!


We contacted Making Memories about our trouble with consistent cuts. They recommended we use their Slice Repositionable Spray Adhesive. The sent some along with some larger sheets of their fusible webbing which is very thin and has a stiffer paper backing. If you are planning to try your own repositional spray adhesive, just be sure it is water soluble! You’ll need to wash your glass mat and respray often making sure each time that your fabric piece is adhered securely to the mat.

If you are purchasing the Slice Fabrique, be sure that you also pick up a bottle of Slice repositionable adhesive. It is much easier to use than the liquid adhesive, is stickier, and more effective.


Okay, so now I really went to town with my applique cutouts. I was able to get several letters cut out of one 6 inch square of fabric, as long as the letters were less than two inches. I found that it did not matter if the fabric was fabric side up or paper backing side up when I tested my cuts, as long as I was using the spray adhesive.


When the mat seems to be losing its stickiness, wash off and reapply the spray adhesive.


I used some of my new appliques to embellish these fabric containers I made:


Remember, for durability, you will need to stitch down the edges of your fused pieces.


I already had success with felt, but how about with fleece? Uh oh…


I’ve been cutting with this knife for awhile. Perhaps I should change it. This was easily done on the underside of the Slice Fabrique. Since fleece is thick, I adjusted the knife so that it could cut more deeply. Success with both felt and fleece!


I got the hang of conserving my fabric and getting more cutouts out of each square.

Here I used an unsuccessful large cutout as the base for some smaller circles. I cut two, but then the third snagged. This was an off brand of fusible webbing and it worked pretty well, but not as well as the Slice Fusible Web.


Look how great it cuts twill, corduroy, and t-shirt fabric!


Pros:

  • Great small lightweight size is easy to store.
  • Can be used without the cord. Holds charge for a very long time.
  • Cuts many types of fabric easily and very quickly
  • Designs are specifically for fabric applique and not papercraft which is often unsuitable.
  • Easy to use right out of the box.

Cons:

  • Liquid repositionable adhesive is unreliable and there isn’t enough in the package. Be sure to use the spray.
  • It is hard to know exactly where the knife will cut, so there can be fabric waste. Be sure to have extra fabric on hand just in case you misjudge your cut.
  • I have sturdy fingernails so I don’t need a spatula to remove the cutouts from the sticky glass mat. You may need to use a spatula.

I am most excited about the happy fabric banner I made for all the spring holidays. If you can believe it, I started out trying to make it suitable for male or female, but it went all girly pretty quickly. Rick-rack and flowers have a way of doing that.

I’m planning to use my Slice Fabrique to make more banners and monograms. I might try embellishing some kids clothes too. The possibilities are endless!

GIVEAWAY!
The great folks at Making Memories are giving away the newest member to the Slice Family, the Slice Fabrique, to one lucky reader. Just answer the any of the following questions in the comment section of this article on this blog to be entered:

Have you tried the Slice Fabrique yet? What do you love about it? If not, what do you use to cut fabric shapes now and what do you love/hate about it?

Thanks for sharing your opinions, we love to hear what YOU think!
You have until Monday, April 18th at 6pm CST to leave your comment.

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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY: Making Memories Slice Fabrique (1 of 2)

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I love to sew and piece quilts, but I have to admit something.  I suck at precise cutting.  There, I said it!  As a result, I have come to rely on die cutting, especially when it comes to specialty shapes and appliques.  I have different die cutting machines, but the dies are expensive and bulky.  The Slice Fabrique by Making Memories has the potential to solve that issue for me.  This compact little machine automatically cuts fabric shapes from a design card in sizes ranging from 1” to 4” square.  The Fabrique measures 5” square and weighs roughly one pound.  And it’s cordless!

When my Slice Fabrique arrived I just could not wait to try it, deciding to read the instructions as I went.  The Fabrique comes partially charged, but it only takes an hour to charge.  You can use it while plugged it as well.

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Everything from the Slice Fabrique Starter Kit

To use the Slice Fabrique, you need the supplied glass cutting mat, a design card (a basic one is included) and fabric with a special fusible web ironed to the back.  The box for the Fabrique only includes three 6” square pieces of the fusible web, so plan on getting more right away. 

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Sliding the design card into the back of the Fabrique

Setting up the machine and cutting mat really couldn’t be easier.  Simply slide the design card of your choice into the back, iron the fusible web to the back of you fabric and prepare the glass cutting mat with the repositionable glue.

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Apply more glue than “a thin bead” as per the instructions.

At this point the instructions say to apply a thin coat of the provided re-positionable glue.  I found that I needed to apply a pretty hefty coat of glue and wait a few minutes for it to dry before I could effectively use the machine.  The glue turns clear when it is ready to use, and it does have a slight odor.  If there is not enough glue, your fabric will slip as the blade is slicing around the desired shape.  It should also be noted that the small tube of provided glue will not last you very long because so much is needed and for best results I had to reapply between each cutting.  I have to admit that I had a hard time with the supplied glue, it just didn’t hold as well as I had hoped it would.  I had roughly a 30% success rate with the glue, and had to reapply it with each and every cut to get nice useable shapes, unless I was cutting paper.  Once I got the Slice Spray Adhesive, things improved greatly.

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Showing the small blade under the Fabrique

The blade for the Fabrique is adjustable, allowing you to cut through different thicknesses of fabric (such as felt or canvas).  After selecting your design and waiting for your glue to dry, stick your fused fabric to the glass cutting mat.  Press really firmly to make sure there are no bubbles or creases and to make sure the fabric is really well stuck to the glass mat.  Put the Fabrique on top and press the cut button.  You’ll have to hold the cutter still as it works, but it’s done in under 10 seconds.  Holding the cutter is easy enough, although it does want to move itself if you are cutting through very thick fabrics.
 

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After cutting

A note about the size of the fabric:  If you are using the supplied re-postionable glue, you really need a six inch square of fabric, so that the fabric extends beyond the edges of the cutters’ rim.  I found this was not necessary if you use the spray adhesive.  There is also no mention in manual on how to set the machine in relation to the gridmarks on the glass mat so you can conserve fabrics etc. (my trick was to select the desired design, and get the blade to it’s starting point and position as desired and THEN hitting cut button but it wasn’t perfect)

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Applying the design

After peeling the cut designs from the glass cutting mat, I learned that it really is helpful to have some sort of tool to help delicately lift the pieces.  Between pulling the pieces off of the mat and the paper off the fusible, the more detailed areas of my design frayed/stretched a bit. Slice does sell a spatula designed specifically for lifting your designs, and it would be an investment well worth the money.

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Finished product!

After ironing the pieces to my background, I did an applique stitch around the edges to permanently secure it and keep the edges from fraying.  The result is a super sweet baby wipe container for the stylish new Mommy.  Pretty cute, right?

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Easter Flower

I applied the same technique to cut out the sweetest Easter flower.  This time I ironed the design onto a cream colored felt and hot glued a great little poufy flower from Making Memories Dilly Dally line onto the top.  Voila!  The sweetest Easter headband for the little girl in your life.

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Quick and Easy Tote Bag

I cut out this little design while my kids were eating breakfast, and had a finished tote bag for the car in under an hour.  I used 3 different fusible webs (Slice, Pellon and Heat-n-Bond) and all 3 cut well using the spray repositionable adhesive. I preferred to use my favorite Heat-n-Bond sewable web because the paper backing came off much easier after cutting and there was less chance of distorting my cut pieces.

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Fabrique with Making Memories Dilly Dally and Tie the Knot scrapbooking supplies

One of the great things about the Slice Fabrique is that (if you have crafting ADD like I do), you can use it to do so much more than just cutting fabric!  I decided to try it, just to see what I could do with it.  All of the accessories for the Slice Elite work with Fabrique. Design cards, drawing tips, embossing tips and materials from the Elite line all work with the Fabrique.  Be sure to check the manual for instructions on settings. If you do use the Elite design cards to cut fabric, keep in mind that more intricate designs might not work very well.
IMG_0456For this sweet little card for a new baby boy, I used the Fabrique to cut scrapbooking papers from the Dilly Dally line by Making Memories.    IMG_0542For this friendly little note I cut out a fabric butterfly and fused it to the card with the iron.  Couldn’t be easier!

Pros:

  • small, compact and portable
  • cordless
  • ability to cut more than just fabric
  • affordable

Cons:

  • the provided re-positionable glue does not work very well, buy the can of spray adhesive.
  • limited design size flexibility.  You can cut 1” to 4” in only 1/2” increments.  
  • instruction manual can be vague at times
  • no spatula or tool provided in the starter kit
  • cost of the design cards ($30-$40 each)
  • supplies and accessories were difficult to find locally

GIVEAWAY!
The great folks at Making Memories are giving away the newest member to the Slice Family, the Slice Fabrique, to one lucky reader. Just answer the any of the following questions in the comment section of this article on this blog to be entered:

Is this a tool you would be interested in and Why? What would YOU make with it?

Thanks for sharing your opinions, we love to hear what YOU think!
You have until Monday, April 18th at 6pm CST to leave your comment.

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