Hi Susan, we already discussed a few years ago, about your project of using Inkscape for pattern design, it is nice to see you around Valentina! As you can see, we follow the same path. However, you are way more experienced than I am. Thanks a lot for your help!
I realized my question may have seemed pretty weird: sewers who are experienced with paper patterns may have wondered why I want to draw two identical shapes. Usually, pieces are labelled “x2” when the sewer has two pieces to cut. The reason why I wanted two similar shapes drawn, is that my aim is to test whether it would be possible to use Valentina as the design tool for laser cutting parametric cloth pieces. Depending on laser power, one may prefer to have two similar paths cut side by side, rather than a single path cut in a folded fabric.
A similar situation may occur, for pieces that have to be cut “on the fold” : cutting on the fold makes sense when cutting with scissors (shorter path to cut, certainty that both sides are symetrical…) but it may on the contrary be more difficult when using a laser cutter: this would imply finding the fold axis on the machine, so that it cuts on the right place. Simply placing the fabric and cutting an unfolded piece is more simple and reliable.
My experience of using a laser cutter for fabric/cloth crafting made me enthusiastic : cutting is extremely fast, repeatable, and precise. I used the one at my local fablab, which is pretty large and powerful, but it appears a simple table top laser cutter can be built for a few hundreds euros. It is therefore not for everyone, but for people who sew a lot, for themselves or for pro/semi-professional use, it could make sense.
Would it make sense to support such a laser cutting use case ? E.g. enabling “Cut X in fabric” to be shown X times on the final layout, or “Cut on the fold” pieces to be displayed unfolded ?