Rotary cutters for fabric have brought remarkable innovations to the quilting industry and at the same time made it easy to cut fabric with this into shapes and strips for quilting. It is quite painful when you use a pair of scissors to cut fabrics and as a result, it causes discomfort and pain in the hand and fingers region, thereby increasing the risk of carpel tunnel syndrome.
But, due to the advancement of technology, we now have new and advanced ways of cutting fabric. The rotary cutter is the centric part of this exciting trend. This sewing tool ensures that cutting of fabric is more precise, safer, easier, faster, and offers less wear and tear on the user’s wrist and hand.
The fabric rotary cutters help to save time and are used by the majority of the quilters who are experts in the art and also enjoy creating quilts from different clothing materials. The size comes in different ranges, from 18mm in diameter to around 60mm in diameter. The small ones are the perfect choice when cutting fabric that requires curves but the larger ones can pierce through multiple fabric at a stretch. The rotary cutters constitute a few parts, the handle embedded with a molded handle, the head attached to a bolt which supports the blade as well as the nut which is attached to the bolt. All of these secure the blade in the proper position. However, this should be tightly fixed together to create space for the blade to turn freely, otherwise, it will create discomfort.
The best fabric cutters are the ones which facilitate the removal of the blades from the head as it helps keep the blade from accidentally piercing into something vital like a hand or foot if it moves away from the cutting table. The blades are designed with a very sharp steel but have a thin edge. At all times, they should be used with a specialized ruler and a cutting mat that ensures that the blade is in a straight position instead of gyrating around the fabric. The first blades designed for the fabric rotary cutters comes in form of straight edges, but at the moment, there are ones with curved, fluted edge which delivers a unique flair to the product used in the quilt.
Quilt patterns often call for triangles, squares, and strips of fabric that are difficult to cut when using the conventional technique of scissors; however, when using a rotary cutter, cutting mat and straight edge ruler, the cutting time will be greatly reduced. I suggest that you first practice undertaking your cutting operation on scrap fabric before proceeding to a quilt shop to seek for advice on purchasing the best fabric rotary cutter that best suits your needs.
The two widely known brands of fabric rotary cutters are made by Fisker and Ofla; they have fantastic features and are more durable than some cheaper brands who do not have the requisite experience that these companies possess. Take time to choose your fabric rotary cutter because you will need to use it for years to help you in making the wonderful quilts that will last for a longer time and you can even pass it down as heirlooms to your next generation.