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What Is A Rotary Cutter And How To Use One

By Ryan McGee

A rotary cutter looks similar to a pizza cutter and has several suitable sizes. It is used to cut large or small pieces of fabric. If you are a beginner, it is ideal to choose 45 mm cutter to create medium to small size projects conveniently.

Many people avoid working with knits because they are elastic and tend to be more slippery. These qualities make them so comfortable to use, but annoying during the cut. If you are cutting folded figures with fabric scissors, the two layers of fabric may move over each other. This is because you must lift your fabric to cut it with fabric scissors.

This change can make your cuts less accurate and smooth. To summarize, cutting large pieces with fabric scissors can be quite unpleasant.

Rotary cutters permit you to save your fabric totally flat on your cutting board and transparency over the top as you cut.

This prevents the change between fabric layers. Plus it's a lot faster!


To use a rotating blade, you will need to obtain a self-repairable cutting mat. I use a 24 "x" Cutting mat on top of a folding table. The vast majority of my pattern pieces fit this size, but there's a small handful of patterns that don't. So if you prefer to have a larger cutting mat, you can certainly find it.

Use and security

Usage: There is no "right" way to cut your pattern pieces. Some people like to fix their paper patterns to their fabric and cut around it. Others outline their paper pattern with a washable marker, remove the paper and then cut the fabric. Personally, I put my piece of the paper pattern on top of the fabric and weight with pattern weights to prevent it from moving, then I just cut it with my rotary cutter.

For bands and other straight edges, use a straight quilter ruler to cut.

Tip: I always delineate the closed curves with a marker, then remove the paper pattern before cutting with my rotary cutter. Sometimes the paper may interfere with the blade if the curve is too tight.

Safety: All rotary cutters have retractable blade protections. When you get your first blade, make the habit of engaging the blade guard when not in use. These cutters are super hard. They are essentially wheel-shaped shaving machines. I've literally seen women cut off their fingertips. Not to mention what your children can do for themselves if they have one in their hands.

Another thing to do to avoid accidents is to make sure you move it properly. When cutting, make sure the pressure and lever effect are on top of the cutter. You should be pushing down, not forward. Of course, you will move the blade forward to cut, but the direction of the pressure you are applying must be downward. Am I making sense here? This helps you cut all the way through the fabric and keep more control over the blade. And more control means fewer accidents.


The only maintenance you will have to do with your rotary cutter will be to replace your blade. There are no rules on how often to change. Simply replace it when it stops cutting. Simple and simple. The blades are easy to replace, and as I mentioned earlier, the Rotary cutter Gingher really allows you to replace the blade without even touching it. Luxurious...

So, if you can, don't hesitate to buy a rotary cutter. You'll find that your sewing projects are much quicker and smoother with one in your toolkit.