In my recent travels, I have visited some quilt shops that are off my normal beaten path. I was surprised that at more than a few of these stores the fabric I chose to buy was ripped from the bolt, rather than cut with a rotary cutter or scissors. Now I know that many years ago, ripping was de rigueur but I haven't seen it done for many years. And I'm wondering why. Why rip? Why not rip? Is it good to rip? Is it bad to rip? So I'm asking any of you (all 2, and that includes my mom!) to give me your feedback on this pressing, er, cutting/ripping issue. Let me know if you think ripping is ok to do, or if it is definitely not ok to do. I'm just curious about public opinion here.
I believe I remember hearing that ripping fabric will stretch out the edges. How big of a deal is that, really?
One difference that I did notice was in washing the fabric. Now, I admit to belonging to the Alex Anderson school of washing and ironing all new fabric. The fabric that was torn hardly frayed at all in the washer and dryer. And that was really nice--no long threads wrapping around a whole length of fabric, no little thread bits getting stuck onto other items in the same load. There's one good thing about it.
So let me know your opinion.