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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > oh rotary cutter - why did I wait so long to try you? ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/1/12 6:56 PM

I bought one ages ago. I tried cutting long strips out quickly just like quilting teachers on PBS did it. It just didn't work for me.

I saw people here raving about them for cutting out patterns but I thought "No sir - not me. If I can't even follow a straight edge to get a good line, how in the world will I cut out an arm hole?"

I just tried it and it's fabulous. Just because you're using a rotary cutter doesn't mean you have to go fast. You can go slowly and it's so accurate.

sigh - I wonder what else I've been missing!!

Seriously if you haven't tried it just trace off the shoulders, armhole and neck off a pattern and try it on some scrap fabric.

You won't be sorry!

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Date: 8/1/12 9:09 PM

I only have one issue with using a rotary cutter...
When using a rotary cutter you need a mat, the only real problem is, when new, some of the mats are quite smelly :)

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Date: 8/1/12 10:22 PM

And my only issue with the rotary cutter is safety. After a trip to the emergency room I told hubbie that if it was a hardware store tool there would be a cut guard built into the rotary cutter.

My cutter jumped the shallow little add on guard when I was cutting prequilted fabric that was pretty thick. Doc said I was lucking it did not cut into or through the bone as he had seen regularly.

I have a nicer version of one of these which I got at the hardware store,
Drywall Sanding Block

It is stored with the rotary cutter. the block goes down on my pattern or cutting ruler and my hand goes on top of it with fingers and thumb extended out and up. Always. It has the added benefit of applying pressure to the longer cutting edges in a larger and more evenly distributed pattern than just a hand. The bottom of the block already has a rubbery gripping material on the bottom.

I think it was only 7 stitches but I don't plan on a repeat performance.

I've been cutting the straight edges and easier curves on patterns. I noticed Nancy Zieman zooming around all of the curves with a very small diameter rotary cutting tool. I'll be giving that size a try. I often get nicer cuts on patterns with the rotary cutter.

Almost forgot, other PR members have suggest a 'cut-proof' glove as a good safety measure.
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Date: 8/2/12 0:58 AM

I had a small accident changing a stubborn blade when I was 14... still have a pretty wicked scar across two fingers where I almost sliced into the bone.

That being said, I just started trying some quilting and forgot how awesome the rotary cutter is! Thanks for posting the link for the drywall sanding block, that's a great idea!

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Date: 8/2/12 1:45 PM

Get the Fons & Porter Klutz Glove and then wear it when you are using the rotary cutter.

Here is a video.

I got mine for 40% at the Hobby Lobby by using their store coupon. You can download the coupon from the HL website. Remember, they are dated for the current week; Monday through Saturday.

There are also "grippers" sold with the quilting supplies. Like this one.


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Date: 8/2/12 2:10 PM

Thanks for the link, PattiAnnJ. Love the little grippy dots on the Klutz glove.

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Date: 8/2/12 4:03 PM

Thanks for all the safety tips everyone. I'm going to check into them.

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Date: 8/2/12 4:11 PM

Quote: marymary86
sigh - I wonder what else I've been missing!!

That's exactly how I felt after I bought a serger. It's the most amazing tool. ZZ and overlock sewing machine stitches just aren't the same and for sewing up knits--WOW. I can't believe I waited so long to buy one.

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Date: 8/2/12 4:28 PM

Did you just get yours Sherril? What model did you buy?

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Date: 8/6/12 12:27 PM

a7yrstitch,

Thanks so much for the idea of using a Drywall Sanding Block.

I stopped using my rotary cutter because I jumped the ruler too many times and was afraid of cutting my fingers.

I went to Home Depot this weekend and found a 3M dryawall sanding block with a handle for $8.95. This block has screws on each end on the top of the block which allows one to add or remove a strip sandpaper for the bottom. I had some left over rubber shelf paper I bought at the dollar store and cut a strip for the bottom of the block. I attached it with the screws.

The block does not move when placed on top of the ruler and the ruler no longer slides around - how perfect is that.

Woggy

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