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Rotary cutters

tzipi | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

This topic has probably been discussed before but i couldn’t figure out how to search the archives.


Question is what rotary cutter to buy- a gingher for about $50 or a laskers for about $12?

Does it make a big difference for an amateur sewer?


Thanks for any replies.



  1. lou19 | | #1

    If you are only using item for personal use, buy the cheaper.

    If you run a business and use regularly  buy the best quality.

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Check the availability of replacement blades

    My cheap Fiskars rotary cutter has served me long and well, but I would check a couple of things before buying a new one:

    Comfort:  Hold it in your hand and press down on a hard surface for a bit to imagine cutting through thick fabric.

    Replacement blades/alternative blades:  You will need to replace the blades with use, and you may want to use a wavy edge or a perforating blade.  Sometimes the replacement blades are interchangeable among brands, but sometimes they don't work as well.  Make sure you can find replacements/options for the brand/size you buy.

    Safety:  Make sure the cutter has an easy and convenient safety system.  Mine has a button on the top, away from the blade.  Get into the habit of pressing that safety at the end of every cut!  Also make sure to get a clear plastic ruler designed for rotary cutting, and a good-sized mat, and ALWAYS use the ruler for every cut.

    You'll love your rotary!

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