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Hot knife?

sanderson | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I want to cut nylon for making those flag thingies. Just sissors leaves a quickly fraying edge. Is there such a thing as a hot knife that will cut and sear nylon? Is it available for home sewing? Anyone have/use one? Thanks.


  1. Karen_Vesk | | #1

    Perhaps a soldering iron or wood-burning tool would work?

    1. Jean_ | | #2

      *I understood that they are made by the applique method and the fabric is cut away b after it is stitched.

      1. sanderson | | #3

        *We flew one until it disintigrated; I took it apart to duplicate it and I'm sure the nylon fabric had it's horizontal lines sealed before construction and the other seams were folded and double stiched but still were not frayed. Remember the old Frostline kits where you had to light a candle and sear all of the lining parts' edges before construction? What a smell! And I always got a few too many whiskers going amd had some rather free form edges as a result.

        1. Jean_ | | #4

          *Yeah, I made a backpack for my DD after she gave up on it. It was a pain!

          1. Jean_ | | #5

            *Here's an example of the method I was referring to....

          2. Jean_ | | #6

            *I googled on hot knife and here's one page it came up with....there are others. :-)

          3. sanderson | | #7

            *Thanks Jean...the style flag is more a take-off on a pieced quilt rather than the applique type from Nancy Z. I should have googled myself but figured the key words hot and knife would just be to "easy". Thanks...

          4. Jean_ | | #8

            *Hey, what are friends for?? :-)

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