Cutting and Kitting Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I use cutting and kitting services instead of doing them myself?
This is the classic "make vs. buy" decision that each business must answer for itself given its own unique circumstances and situation. Cutting and kitting sound and look simple, but require significant investment (labor, space, tools/equipment, etc.) and know-how to do right and cost-effectively in volume. We've already made those investments and have many years of experience satisfying many demanding customers. A key thing to consider is the "opportunity cost" in doing it yourself ... that is, consider what you could be doing and investing in - such as merchandising, marketing, selling, serving your customers - instead of doing the cutting and kitting yourself.
Do you have quilting and sewing expertise?
Yes! We have people on staff who are experienced and expert quilters, have designed patterns, do Longarming and have taught classes. We use this expertise to provide additional value to our customers, such as:
What kind of kits can you make?
Simply put: pretty much any kit you want. We are the only company that can offer the full range of pre-cuts and kits - and in large volumes. Not only do we make standard pre-cuts, such as 5" and 10" squares, 2-1/2" strips and fat quarters, but our computer controlled cutters can cut virtually any shape you want including half-square triangles (with the tips cut off), rectangles and hexagons ... even curved shapes such as circles, Drunkard's Path, melon ... and much more! For kits, we make cut yardage, laser-cut appliqué, and fully pre-cut pieced kits.
How much does the service cost?
Each project is unique and the cost depends on your requirements along with the design and production time and materials required to do the job. We provide you a free, written cost estimate based on the design you submit to us.
How long will it take to get my job done?
It depends on the size and complexity of the job as well as what is already in our production schedule. However, once we have all the materials in hand, the great majority of jobs are completed within 2-3 weeks, 1-2 weeks for smaller jobs. When we prepare a cost estimate for you, we will also give you an estimate of how long it will take us to complete the job. If you require a job to be done on an expedited basis, we will attempt to work this out with you.
How are materials and goods shipped to and from you?
We can accommodate receiving and shipping a few boxes, to many pallets to a full shipping container. Shipments from FedEx, UPS, USPS and a number of trucking companies arrive and leave our facility every day. We will work with you to determine the most cost-effective method to meet your needs.
To save time and shipping costs, can I have a manufacturer ship fabric and materials directly from their warehouse to your facility?
Yes! This is something that's routinely done. And, we are located near a number of well-known fabric manufacturers.
Also, to save time and shipping costs, can you drop ship directly to my customers or fulfillment centers?
How do I determine how much yardage is needed for a project?
Based on the quantity that you require, we will do the calculation for you. That calculation takes into account the cutting layout that we develop that optimizes the use of the fabric and it also takes into account the need for a small amount of overage to account for such things as fabric flaws.
Can you take bolts and rolls of fabric?
Yes. In developing the price for your job, we will tell you whether bolts or rolls (aka ROT which stands for "Rolled on Tube") are preferred.
What do you use to do the cutting?
What we use depends on the job's requirements. If all that's required is to cut yardage from a bolt or roll of fabric, this is generally done using electric hand cutters or possibly a rotary cutter. If specific shapes are being cut, we our state-of-the-art lasers and Gerber Cutters. These machines are computer controlled and are very accurate. As summarized in the table below, each machine has certain attributes and strengths that make it more appropriate for some jobs than the other.
|Cutting Mechanism||Light beam (heat)||Auto- and self-sharpening blade|
|Cutting Area Size||18" x 24"||
70" x 80"
Can be extended using the "cut and advance" feature.
|# 100% Cotton Layers Cut Simultaneously||Up to 10||Up to 100||Design Intracacy||Very intricate||Moderately intricate|
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