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Sewing Basics: Rotary

The rotary cutter is a fantastic invention that has made cutting fabric so much easier! However, because of their sharp blade improper use can be dangerous. That is why it is always important to consider saftey first before cutting fabric. Here is a quick list of considerations to keep in mind before getting started.

Important Safety Tips

• Always close or retract the blade after every cut and before storing your cutter.
• Always wear closed toe shoes while cutting to protect your toes in case the cutter is accidently dropped.
• Always cut away from yourself, never toward.
• Always keep your cutter out of the reach of children.
• Only use your cutter for the intended purpose of cutting fabric



Care and Storage of Rotary Equipment

• Be sure to check the mat before cutting and make sure it is free from any pins or other clutter before cutting.
• Clean and replace your cutter blade frequently. Most rotary cutter packages come with manufacturer's instructions on how to do this. Follow these instructions carefully.
• Most rotary cutters have a hole in the handle for hanging storage. If you cannot hang yours, make sure to keep it in a safe place to avoid craking or breaking it.
• Clean your rulers occasionally with warm soapy water, window cleaner or rubbing alcohol.
• To avoid warping, always store your roatary mat flat and out of direct sunlight. Never leave it in a hot car.
• Wash your cutting mat periodically with warm soapy water or window cleaner.



Basic Rotary Cutting Techniques

Take the time to practice on scrap fabric to familiarize yourself with proper rotary-cutting techiniques before beginning to cut fabric for your quilting projects. Start with practicing how to hold the cutter correctly.


This is the proper way to hold a rotary cutter if you are left-handed.


This is the proper way to hold a rotary cutter if you are right-handed.


Now that you know how to hold your cutter correctly, practice the motion needed for your cut. Place your ruler on the cutting mat. Hold your cutter at a 90 degree angle with the blade of the cutter straight up and down, flush against the edge of your ruler. Cut across the fabric, away from your body with a single, smooth motion.


Troubleshooting Common Cutting Issues

If you are having difficulty getting a nice smooth cut, it might be because:
• The cutter's blade has become nicked or dull and needs replacement
• You are not exerting enough pressure on the cutter
• You are trying to cut through too many layers at once
• The tension on the blade is either too tight or too loose and needs adjusted
• You need to make sure that you are positioning the blade straight up and down flush against the ruler before you make the cut

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