A Treatise on Calico Printing, Of Cutting.

A Treatise on Calico Printing, VOL. I-II
Printed for C. O'Brien, Bookseller, Islington, and fold by Bew, Paternoster-row: Richardson, Royal Exchange: Murray, Fleet-Street: And the Booksellers of Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin, &c.
As a Drawer, or Putter-on, should study how to preserve the effect of a pattern before he puts it on, a Cutter should endeavour to preserve the effect intended; and if he has the interest of his employer in view, as well as his own, he will examine as far as his judgment lies, where it is defective, or any way improper, and not, as is too generally the case, think only of contriving how to make the charge as high as he can, (if the price be not agreed on before-hand) to such it may be hinted, they are ultimately not gainers, for it may be expected every employer will think first of those: Who think of his interest as well as their own immediate emolument.

From what is above suggested, a Cutter is not to inser that he is at liberty to alter the drawing or deviate from it as he pleases, besides, he should be very cautious in that respect, as he may not be aware what counterparts or checks are kept against him.

* Sorry the Writer is to say that either through pique to the drawer, enmity to the master, or from  that wretched groveling principle as such mischances multiplying work, he has known it to be the case, and he is not backward to own in cases where he has blundered, or not been sufficiently accurate (for he don't pretend to infallibility though he presumes to publisti this, work) he has experienced instances of such a kind. A Cutter likewise should consider when he takes any work whether he can do it well, if the putting on, or more properly the drawing, be indifferent, because if he does not execute it to lerably and al ledges in excuse, it was badly drawn: It is the more inexcusable in him, as undertaking to execute what he knew he could not do as it sliould be; as among other reasons, it must go to work bad as it may be (unless it be too bad) from the impossibility of its being put on and cut over again in proper time. But much worse it must be in him who will proceed on his work, though it is evident to him, that from some mistake in inaccuracy, the article must be useless to all intents.*

As a general observation respecting cutting, be it noted that the principle of sound and graceful cutting (is the term may be allowed) depends on properly forming the knife, and having a good command of it; as for the shifts of pinking, and other expeditious modes made use of as substitutes for cutting, the face, from being forced or shat tered by such modes, rarely works clean or stands well; and by those who require sound cutting, the use of luch modes should be exploded, as more proper for carving; but in cutting for callico-printing (it is repeated) the knife, and that alone, can make a proper face, where strength and neatness is required to be combined.

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