How to Use a Rotary Cutter ?

What is a Rotary Cutter?

Rotary cutter is a kind of portable cutter roller, which always be used to cut fabric, plastic, vinyl or paper for sewing, quilting projects. The stainless steel rotary blades can be replaced conveniently and easily once it becomes dull. There are several handle types on the market for the rotary cutter such as straight handle, ergonomic handle, and comfort grip handle.


Different size Rotary Blades and its Usage?

18mm Rotary Cutter – It is the smallest size rotary blade for cutting small shapes curves, seams or tight corners in apparel sewing projects.

28mm Rotary Cutter – It is a handy size for cutting armhole curves, necklines and also curved quilt templates and other small applique pieces in sewing & quilting design.

45mm Rotary Cutter – It is a standard size and most popular rotary cutter, mainly used for cutting patchwork squares, long strips, fabric trimming corners, etc.

60MM Rotary Cutter – It is useful for cutting large size fabric pieces with straight lines like cutting yardage off a bolt.


What is a Cutting Mat ?

The self-healing mat is always a must to have tool for everyone in sewing & quilting projects.
It is a flexible thin flat mat made of 3 or 5 layers of plastic with a vinyl surface coating. It is very useful for keeping your work table protected and keep your rotary cutter blades from becoming dull too quickly. The feature – self healing means cutting mat’s surface will close automatically after the blade passes through. The cutting mats is being provided with different sizes from A0 to A5, one of the most common size being used is A3 – 18’’ * 12’’.


Rotary Blade Cutter Tips

Some useful tips help you learn how to use a rotary cutter in a better way:

  1. When cutting or measuring the fabric, it is much better to use a clear patchwork ruler instead of checking lines on the cutting mat.
  2. It is always much easier to cut starched fabrics, as starch adds crispness to the fabric.
  3. Never stick more than 3 layers fabric at a time while cutting, the more layers of fabric added – the less precise cutting will be.
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