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Rotary fabric cutter

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overthehill Tue 06-Mar-18 09:29:54

I bought one of these from Hobby Craft as it looked good. The make was OLAF. Absolute rubbish it kept missing bits as you cut and round curves it was pretty hopeless. I took it back and got a refund.

Does anyone use one of these with success and if you do could you tell me the make please.

overthehill Tue 06-Mar-18 09:37:57

Sorry OLFA

GracesGranMK2 Tue 06-Mar-18 09:45:03

Rotary cutters are not ideal for curves. I wouldn't use one, I would use scissors (or the dressmakers shears I crave). What they are brilliant for is cutting straight lines very quickly and often through more than one layer - depending on the thickness of the fabric.

Rotary cutters can be quite dangerous so you should ensure you are always cutting away from yourself. You can get a much better straight edge with them as you can use them against the right type of ruler.

For paper cutting this may be different but I think that, unless it was a shallow curve, I would still use scissors for these. I think the reason dies are so popular is because curves are difficult. Practice make everything improve of course.

overthehill Tue 06-Mar-18 13:50:51

Gracesgran thanks for that I have an excellent pair of Fiskars shears but liked the idea wizzing round with the cutter. After watching the Sewing Bee and noted they used weights instead of pins to keep the pattern in place, my DH sorted out an unused socket set so I know have my free of charge weights and fancied the cutter.

Lynnebo Tue 06-Mar-18 14:03:15

I bought cheap ones from Hobbycraft- they are fine when I’m cutting patchwork pieces but I do go back to my reliable scissors for dressmaking. I think I’ll try more expensive ones next time - they seemed to work marvellously in the Sewing Bee!

OldMeg Tue 06-Mar-18 14:17:22

Yes I use such a cutter for patchwork too, and find it best when guided by a ruler, probably because you can then apply a more even pressure.

Bathsheba Tue 06-Mar-18 16:07:58

I have a couple of rotary cutters - one 45mm and one 28mm. I use them all the time for dressmaking. I use the smaller one on curves and have no trouble at all, except the very tight ones.
Olfa is a very good brand and I’m surprised that you have problems with it skipping. Perhaps the problem lies with your cutting mat, as they don’t last indefinitely, and I had to replace mine a year ago when the cutter started skipping.

Bathsheba Tue 06-Mar-18 16:12:15

Meant to say, my 45mm is an Olfa - can’t remember the make of the other one (not at home at the moment)

tiggypiro Tue 06-Mar-18 18:38:00

As others have said they are best used for straight lines and with a ruler made for the job. I find it best to stand up when using it and putting a certain amount of pressure over the cutter. I don't use it for curves.
A patchwork group or shop will be able to show you how to use these brilliant bits of equipment.

Bathsheba Tue 06-Mar-18 19:55:15

I belong to several sewing groups online and, at least on a couple of them, I think it would be fair to say that the majority of sewers use rotary cutters for cutting out dress patterns - curves and all. They are most definitely not only for cutting straight lines.

GracesGranMK2 Tue 06-Mar-18 21:46:32

Different people make different choices Bathsheba. I was only putting forward mine not suggesting everyone should abide by them.

Bathsheba Wed 07-Mar-18 11:01:47

No, me neither, GG, I was just wanting people who may be a little wary of using them to know that they can be used for dressmaking. After only a little practice I’m confident most users would be pleased they persevered, as they can considerably speed up the process of cutting out patterns.

gmelon Thu 22-Mar-18 16:53:16

Why the need to speed up the patern cutting?
Shears are fine.
I've no doubt so are rotary cutters, although never used in tailoring or professional dressmaking.
Use whatever you get on with in the home dressmaking realm.
We don't all buy the same cornflakes.

Bathsheba Thu 22-Mar-18 19:47:10

although never used in tailoring or professional dressmaking.
How do you know that gmelon? I know, through various online sewing and dressmaking groups, a number of people who are professional dressmakers and use rotary cutters for both speed and accuracy.

Luckygirl Thu 22-Mar-18 20:45:28

I bought one and found it useless.