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Mishogawear
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Date: 5/19/13 9:33 AM

Just wondering what some of the experienced sewers like to use most and find easiest.

Also, for those who use rotary cutters, how often do you change blades and do certain materials dull out the blades quicker?

Asking as I need to purchase new blades and wondering if I should just stick to scissors

Thank you in advance for all your input.

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Date: 5/19/13 9:46 AM

If I have a lot of cutting to do, and if I have to work on sheer fabrics, I use my rotary cutter, using my rulers as a guide. I find the smaller 24mm cutter to work best around curves. If I'm lazy and don't care to use my cutter, I use my Kai and Wannabe Kai scissors.

Changing blades has never been a problem because I've bought a blade sharpener. I can't remember the last time I spent money on blades.

Yes, certain materials will dull the blades; fleece is notorious for that. Also, running over pins will dull the blade as well, and hitting a ruler, too.

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Date: 5/19/13 9:53 AM

Which blade sharpener do you use? I've toyed with the idea, but don't know much about them. TIA.

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Date: 5/19/13 9:54 AM

I use both. Cutter blade longevity will depend on what you are cutting. I use the smaller one and an acrylic quilting ruler to hold the pattern tissue (keeps it from bunching). Larger one for when cutting quilt pieces that do not require a paper pattern.

You will also need a special mat for rotary cutting to protect the table/counter top as well as the blade.

Sometimes the blade will become difficult to turn and this usually means the cutter needs to be disassembled and cleaned, or you have inadvertently placed two blades into the cutter (the blades are packed in oil and it is very easy to pick up two instead of two).

You may want to consider using a "Klutz Glove" (found with Fons & Porter quilting supplies) to protect the hand that will be holding the ruler or pattern in place while cutting.

A super grade/brand of shears would be less expensive. However, I have found shears sold at Lowe's (wallpaper department) cheap and they remain very sharp.

I didn't exactly purchase my supplies yesterday and hopefully the quality has not changed.

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Date: 5/19/13 3:02 PM

Rotary cutter. I started off cutting a double layer using scissors and pins but now I prefer to cut single layer using a rotary cutter and weights. I get more accuracy and it seems like I can do a better job keeping pieces on the grain, especially with knits.

I change out my blade every 1-1.5 months, depending on the types of fabrics I was working with. I usually sew 1-2 garments a week. Polyester dulls it the quickest.

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Date: 5/19/13 3:18 PM

I used to be a scissors only girl as I sew mostly garments. However, lately, I have been using my rotary cutter almost exclusively. I am sewing alot of knits and the rotary cutter allows me to keep the fabric flat which keeps it from sliding all over the place. It is far more accurate than my scissors cutting. The more I use it the faster I get. I also have not cut me yet which is a miracle in itself.
I think the knits are harder on the blades than cottons because it seems like they get dull pretty fast so I am changing them out quite often (can't say how often because it depends on how much sewing I am doing).

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Date: 5/20/13 0:45 AM

Love weights and my rotary cutters.
I buy replacement blades with my Joanne's coupons but hardly ever need to replace them and I cut paper.

Of course I don't sew that much either right now.

I do have Kai scissor and they are the best.

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Date: 5/20/13 3:53 AM

I've been sewing for 50 or more years and for probably 20 or 25 of those years were spent cutting with scissors. Back probably in the 80's, I started seeing references to rotary cutters and mats and I determined that I wanted to try the method. I sew mostly apparel with some home dec thrown in and I picked up that rotary cutter and haven't looked back. I still have a vast array of scissors, but seldom use them for cutting out any longer. I use the Olfa cutter and blades and buy my replacement blades at Joann's when they have their 50% off sales on cutting equipment.

I find that I am much more accurate cutting with the cutter and it is much faster for me. I remember an article in Threads magazine somewhere around that time written by David Paige Coffin and he had a lot of pointers on the use and care of them. If you have either the old magazines or have the CD of the back issues, you might be interested in that article.

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Date: 5/20/13 4:33 AM

Quote: Mishogawear
Just wondering what some of the experienced sewers like to use most and find easiest.



Also, for those who use rotary cutters, how often do you change blades and do certain materials dull out the blades quicker?



Asking as I need to purchase new blades and wondering if I should just stick to scissors



Thank you in advance for all your input.

I would say depends on what you sew - Clothing (except more slippery fabric) I use scissors and pins.

Cottons I love the rotary cutters, have tried both Olfa and Fiskers - I found more economical to buy the 5 pack and do look for the Titianimun ones. When I am cutting quilt fabric my blade is very important for accuracy - not so much with clothing as you have a larger seam allowance so eh... if your cuts not on the dot, not a huge deal - In quilts it must be as good as you can.

I'm thinking I change my blade about once every 2 weeks during my heavy cutting times. And yes, coupon time is the Best and only time to buy a new blade! I've heard about sharpening them with tin foil, but would not recommend that -- Would love to look into a blade sharpener!

What do you feel more comfortable with? If it's scissors, get the best you can afford, and Good pins for your patterns or weight - What you are sewing and what you are comfortable using is what's best for you :-)

Good luck and hope you pop in and say what you are working on!

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Date: 5/20/13 5:07 AM

I grew up with scissors so am most comfortable with them. Especially cutting curves and corners. I use both often on the same pattern. I use a bias tape ruler on a long straight piece like center front on a blouse or a pant leg or the bottom edge. If I try using a rotary without a ruler guide I veer off and cut into or away from the pattern.
I just have better control of my scissors especially with doll patterns and pet costumes and toddler sizes.

The Gingers cut so smooth and clean but I only use them on natural fibers. I use my Fiskars on synthetics. I am looking at buying Kai.
I should probably practice more with the rotary more and get better but hey, I love my scissors and they bring back memories of sewing with my Mom.

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