I will be out of the office much of today as I’m attending a funeral for a family member. Although unexpected, condolences aren’t required. I just mention this as the post I’d anticipated publishing won’t be up until later this afternoon. Also, I won’t be around to weed out any spam comments so please refrain from clicking on any links they may post as we don’t want to encourage their continued visits to this site. In the meantime, here is a question from my mail. If you have ideas and suggestions, please submit them via comments. This message is from Erica:
I have a question about cutting I hope you will post on your blog for some feedback. (I am now addicted to your blog)
I am a small start-up business in Atlanta, GA designing and making baby essentials using organic and other sustainable fabrics. Resources here in Georgia are dwindling and difficult to find- especially to service my small-scale needs. I have found a local company for my cutting but they have very little experience cutting knits- the cutter too is 69 years old and I’m afraid may have a bit of a shake in his hands. Anyway, my sewer and I are seriously exploring the option of investing in a stand-up automated knife to cut my pieces in her workspace. I don’t want to take any chances with cutter ruining the small pattern pieces. Are there any tips you can offer regarding cutting my own knit goods? I would greatly appreciate any thoughts/suggestions you may have on this subject.
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Honestly, my first thought is to tell you I’m a chicken! I’m not so brave as many of you suppose and those knives scare me :). I know it’s a matter of becoming acclimated to using them so I can only urge you to do as I say and not as I do (sorry). I bought one of those round knives rather than a straight knife but I can’t recommend it because I haven’t used it much.
My other thought is infrastructure related. Bringing your cutting in house means you’ll need to have a method to plug in the knife overhead. This usually means that you’ll need a raceway which is an overhead electrical track outlet. The end of the cord of the straight knife will have an adapter that fits into the raceway. I’d be interested in hearing the solutions that others have used.
Also, you’ll need to make a decision regarding the power that the knife will need. Many of those knives need 220 which probably means you may need an electrician (depending on local zoning regulations) to install the raceway or overhead outlet. For some reason, I don’t fear electrical work like I do cutting knives so I’ve installed 220 circuits myself but I wouldn’t recommend you do that unless you’ve been working with electricity for awhile.
Lastly, have you thought of putting an ad in the paper looking for a cutter? You may be surprised at how many former cutters are in your area. You may have other options than just this one cutter you know of. Also, you could ask your local machine dealer for a referral. Actually, ask anyone who is industry related in your area.