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Understanding Your Rotary Cutter

A revolution has taken in place in the cutting of fabric for sewers across the world. The rotary cutter is the basis of this exciting trend. This sewing tool makes cutting fabric more precise, less wear and tear on the users hand and wrist, faster, easier, and safer.

This tool is made of a circular blade and protective cover fasten to a plastic handle. While it is simple, it is amazingly accurate, fast, and easy to use.

Always honor the razor sharp blade and avoid cutting fingers. Think safety first. Take special precautions whenever using or storing the rotary cutter around children. Just as with scissors, do not run with a rotary cutter in your hand. Safety first.

Replace bad blades. While you can get sharpeners, it is best to exchange blades that are dull or nicked. Avoid pins, staples, paperclips, pieces of plastic, cardboard, and other obstructions. Keep the shield over the blade at all times when the tool is not in use.

Keep the rotary cutter clean, free of oils, free of lint, free of anything that might affect its precision cutting ability.

To use the rotary cutter, hold it in your hand and align your index finger with the blade. Use your finger as a guide to maintain good control. Do not tense up your wrist.

A special cutting surface called a rotary cutting mat, is used to support the cutting process. Always use the mat when you use a rotary cutter.

Layout your cutting area on top of a self healing rotary cutting mat: free of debris, material lying flat and smooth.

Plastic rulers often tend to slip and slide on fabric. Be careful. You may purchase special rulers with non slip backing, or you can purchase a special adhesive sandpaper dots or non-slip film to make your ruler non-slip. Check out the Omnigrid InvisiGripTM your local sew and quilt store.

Position the edge of the ruler exactly where you want to cut. Line up the cutter with the edge. Slide the guard back. Slide the blade forward firmly along the side of the ruler. Raise the handle during the cut just slightly about 45 degrees to get good pressure down while rolling forward.

The cutter does a good job, but you must be careful to keep your body under control. The position of your hands, arms, feet, and body must be well controlled. One hand should rest firmly on the ruler to support the cutting with the other hand. Simply, do not reach beyond what you are comfortable. You can slip and make a mess. Also never cross over one hand with your cutter. Think safety first.

Again, never reach in an awkward manner. Using a non slip ruler makes it easy to walk your support hand along the ruler while you cut. The procedure is easy to do. When you feel uncomfortable with your reach, stop the cut. Do not move the ruler or the cutter. Move your support hand forward to a comfortable support position and start cutting again. Keep steady pressure on the cutter to the end of the cut.

As soon as you finish the cut, slide the safety guard over the blade. Keep it covered whenever it is not in use. Store rotary cutters away from children.

The more you understand about how to use this amazing tool, the faster, easier, and more accurate your cutting will become. Do not be afraid to experiment and discover new ways to streamline your sewing and quilting.

Find out more about Rotary Cutters and Beginner Sewing with Author Donna Trumble. Her sewing instructions give you the knowledge and skills to sew and quilt better than ever. Pick up your free copy of her ebook Top Ten Sewing Answers.

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