Here is what I wrote back to her: (I did some small edits and didn't put her name here.)
_name withheld_ don't be afraid to try it out. The big thing to remember is to put the fabric with the LENGTHWISE grain (the direction the selvedge runs) going thru the cutter. This eliminates the stretch that causes inaccurate cuts.
If you are cutting pre-fused applique shapes:
A. leave the paper on the back (or the layers will stick together!)
B. the paperbacking and fusible help to stabilize the grain so the grain direction is not as important. (but always try to keep it on lengthwise anyway)
C. a pin to score the back of the paper after cutting will make it easier to remove the paper. (lifting the edge and pulling can distort the shape.)
And a blog post with no pictures is not as fun so here are some pictures to make it pretty.
|Die cutter - Go! by AccuQuilt|
|Drunkards path die cut block and pieces (and yes, they are sewn not fused!)|
|Die cut borders.|
|Die cut star on an art quilt|