a stack, press each layer separately. You can use steam or not,
as you prefer. I recommend using Magic Sizing® or other spray
sizing to help remove wrinkles and to stablize the grain.
Stack all the layers right side up, with
the selvages together. To stick-pin the layers, select a point
on the fabric design that is about 1"- 1 1/2" from the crosswise
(cut) edge. Look for something that's easy to spot, such as the
tip of a leaf. Place the point of a pin through this spot.
Lift the top layer of fabric and slide
the pin through. Find the same point on the next layer and slide
the pin through it. Continue lifting layers and pinning through
this point until you have gone through all the layers.
the pin all the way through to the head and hold it in place
with your thumb and forefinger. Hold the pin straight up and
down and smooth out the surrounding fabric. Use a flat (flower-head)
pin to pin through all the layers, right beside the stick pin.
The flat pin should run parallel to the edge- that is, it should
point in the same direction that you'll be cutting the strips.
That way, it will be less in the way of the cutter.
Remove the stick pin. Repeat the pinning
process at several other points across the edge of the stack,
approximately 6" apart . For additional accuracy, also pin
along the selvage and torn edge, about 8"-12" up on
You can also use the MicroStitch (tm) Tool to tack your stack, in place of pins.
Trim the stack along the pinned crosswise
edge to ensure a straight edge through all the layers. Cut strips
as needed, pinning the crosswise edge before each new strip.
(It is usually not necessary to trim the edge between strips.)