Last night, Tom Meeks at the Create and Cut blog tried my method for cutting fabric by using an adhesive on the back of the fabric before cutting it. He used Xyron and it worked just as well as the Heat & Bond that I had used. This morning on the eCraft Crafters Yahoo Group, he posted a question about cutting fabric without the use of an adhesive, by maybe using something such as freezer paper. I had sent Craftwell an e-mail about this over the weekend before I had figured out using the cardstock stabilizer with the fabric. Sara replied to me this morning and said that the way they have cut fabric is by using freezer paper applied to both sides of the fabric, and leave about a 1/2" border all the way around of freezer paper. So of course, I immediately had to try it. Here is a picture of my fabric that has been sandwiched in between two pieces of freezer paper and trimmed down. (Sorry the picture is so horrible, took it in the basement)
And here is the final result! It worked!
I will say this in regards to this method. The cut is very clean, but it is not quite as crisp as when I used the Heat and Bond. There is one petal where at the very top there was a thread that did not get cut, so I will need to trim it out before using it. The other thing to be aware of when doing this is that the fabric will unravel unless you stitch it or use a seam sealing product. I am going to ask my mother what she would recommend, because she is my sewing expert, I don't know enough about it to make a guess. If you use the Heat & Bond you won't have to worry about unraveling. I think everyone is going to have their own preferred method for this, but I for one am excited that I can cut fabric without the adhesive, and I believe my mother the quilter will be too!