Pattern weights can make cutting faster than pinning. Be careful when using weights; they are not as stable as pins. Weights can be purchased; however, household items can be used as weights. Cans of food make great weights. Small bottles or containers can be filled with rice or stones to make inexpensive weights.
Layout all pattern pieces before you cut. Secure placement using pins or weights. Pins will anchor the pattern in place more securely for precise cutting. Weights are quicker but the pattern has a tendency to move. Only use magnets where precision is not as important.