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Can anyone recommend a rotary cutter?

LynnB_ | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

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Hi. I’ve decided that I’m ready to try a rotary cutter in lieu of my trusty sheers. Can anyone recommend a size and brand that is reliable, safe, and easy to use? Are there brands I should stay clear of?

Thanks for the feedback!

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  1. Jean_ | | #1

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    Hi Lynn, we talked about them a little back in November. < < Obsolete Link > Jean "Rotary cutter experience" 1/3/02 10:56am> Check it out.

    1. Sarah_Kayla | | #2

      *I have not found a huge difference between brands. I preper to use the 45mm one to the smaller one. i like that the dritz blade is retracts on its own when it isn't in use. i live with 3 kids nand appreciate that it is harder for them to dismember themselves with the dritz. i have found the sharpening thingies to be not quite useful.Sarah

      1. whitesew | | #3

        *I like the OLFA cutter best. And I only like the standard cutter that has a manual blade cover, I don't like any cutters that have a spring-loaded or self-covering blade cover unless it also has a lock. When these are laid down the blade will automatically be covered, but also when these are picked up the sharp blade will be exposed, even if a child were the one to pick it up. I do not like the Eastman cutters at all because they have a spring-loaded cover guard. The cover moves back as the cutter is pressed against the fabric to cut it. But if you were to drop the cutter on the floor it will cut into the floor and stand there, it did for me. Quilters get along fine with the Fiskers brand cutters but dressmakers do not like them. Fiskers have a guard that gets in the way of viewing the cutting line for free motion cutting. Quilts don't mind the guard because they always use a ruler as a cutting edge.The best price for rotary cutters is through Atlanta Thread and Supply, 1-800-847-1001. The 45mm Olfa cutter is $8.25 for the standard cutter and $11.99 for the retractable blade cutter, and Fiskers is $9.35. The best place to order blades is through SouthStar Supply Co. 1-800-288-6739. Generic blades [fit all brands] and $17.95 for a 10 pack, size 45mm.

        1. Jillian | | #4

          *There are 4 sizes available. 18mm, 28mm, 45mm, and 60mm. You will want the 45mm. I have and use the three smaller sizes, but I use the 45mm the most. The 18mm I use for fancy cutting of intricate shapes, the 28mm I use for a seam ripper, and the 45mm I use for all my fabric cutting including leather. The 60mm would be great if I was mass producing some items and needed to cut multiple layers at the same time. I often cut 12 layers or so with the 45mm with no problems.

          1. karen_morris_ | | #5

            *I agree with all these guys. my favorite is the 45mm Olfa cutter with a manual blade cover. it just works.the sharpener i tried didn't work. you can put two slightly dull blades together in the cutter if you want to extend their life; the dull spots generally do not line up....

          2. silkscape_ | | #6

            *I use my rotary cutter a lot for cutting garment pieces out. Here's what drives me crazy about one of the cutters I have.....it has a spring loaded blade retractor, the button for which is placed right near where your thumb naturally goes when cutting. So, I'll be cutting along and "zap", my blade gets retracted. Drives me nuts! the other cutter I have, the blade cover is more tedious to close, so often I dont'. There's got to be a happy medium.

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