Rotary cutters are a quilter’s best friend when it comes to cutting small quilt pieces to later be sewn together on quilting machines like the Janome 8200QCP . Even though quilters can always rely on their favorite sharp pair of fabric shears to cut pieces, rotary cutters provide a number of benefits that make them a worthwhile investment. To create crisp, accurate cuts and reduce fabric wastage, most serious quilters sewing on quilting machines such as the Janome quilting machines prefer the accuracy of a rotary cutter over fabric shears.
What Is A Rotary Cutter?
A rotary cutter is a fabric cutter made of a sharp cutting wheel attached to a handle. Used in the same way as a pizza cutter, the cutting wheel gets rolled over fabric laid on a cutting mat, where it easily makes a clean cut in the fabric. Rotary blades are available with various types of comfortable handles; most accept replacement blades so there is always a sharp blade in the cutter.
Why Rotary Cutters Are Better Than Fabric Shears
Cutting small quilt pieces with a rotary cutter is much easier and more efficient than doing so with a pair of fabric shears. Rotary cutters stay sharper longer and are faster to use when making many smaller cuts for small quilt pieces. Additionally, rotary cutters are used flat on top of the fabric with a cutting mat underneath, reducing the possibility of moving the fabric from sliding fabric shears under the material, which can result in an inaccurate cut. Due to this efficiency and accuracy, quilters waste less fabric and get sewing on their quilting machines more quickly.
Rotary Cutter Blades
Rotary cutters come in various sizes and are made of different materials. When purchasing a rotary cutter, consider these different qualities:
- Blade Diameter - Rotary cutter blades come in various diameters, from a small 18mm to the largest at 60mm. The larger the diameter, the more fabric can be conveniently cut. A 45mm blade is considered by many to be the most versatile blade for cutting both larger and smaller fabric pieces. Smaller blades are more useful for precision cutting, while larger blades can cut through more layers of fabric at one time and easily cut through most types of quilt batting.
- Blade Material - The length of time a blade stays sharp will depend on the blade material. The best blades that can cut through multiple layers with ease while remaining sharp the longest are made from tungsten or carbon steel.
To get the best results with any quilting project, quilters should always use the best quilting supplies and quality quilting machines like the Janome 8200QCP . A rotary cutter is an important gadget that will provide years of use for a small investment. More accurate and efficient than fabric shears, rotary cutters are a great choice to make quick work of cutting quilt pieces. With the pieces all perfectly cut, quilters will have more time for sewing on their Janome quilting machines!