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heat cutting tool

lattelady | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi,
First time poster here. Has anyone every used a flameless heat tool to cut polyester or nylon fabric? What is the best brand/type? Are there any special tips/tricks?

Thanks

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  1. sueb | | #1

    Hi, I have used a soldering iron to cut and fuse polyester and acrylic fabrics. The walnut hollow textile tool is a good soldering iron for this purpose but any soldering iron will work. It's imperative though that you do this type of thing outside away from pets and people and that you wear a respirator when you do it as the fumes from the burning fibers can be toxic and hazardous to your health. Never do this type of thing inside. There is a terrific book available by Margaret Beal called Fusing Fabric isbn:0713489561 that is all about this subject.

    1. lattelady | | #2

      Sueb,
      Thanks for the info. I thought I could use a souldering tool but hadn
      t given any thought to the respirator thing.lattelady

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        Thimblefingers | | #3

        Many quilting shops carry a tool for cutting acrylic quilting templates.  It has a long narrow point and works wonderfully on polyesters and nylons.  Dremel also makes a tool for cutting and woodburning.  It has a variety of intercangeable points and also works very well.

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