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Kathy posted on Sun, Sep 25 2011 4:43 PM

I discovered I need a new rotary cutter. Does anyone have any advice or preferences, and if you wouldn't mind stating the reason why you choose the cutter that you do? I remember when I first started sewing back in 1985, I didn't have a clue what a rotary cutter was, but I love gadgets, so I bought one that didn't work, and I thought it was something I was doing wrong, so I tucked it away and I still have that one, though it still doesn't turn. I have been inclined to get a cutter with an automatic safety since I tend to not close my blade like I should. Does anyone have any advice?

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Kathy

Also, could someone explain how I do a search on topics in the message boards? I am sure this topic has been covered, but I am new and can't figure out how to do a search. I typed in the main search, but it doesn't limit the search to the message boards. Thanks


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Marie replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 5:42 PM

Kathy, I have the Martelli cutter and love it.  It saves my wrists, carpal tunnel.  Go to Martelli.com and read all about it.

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Kathy

For the past two years I've used, and loved, my Friskars rotary cutter. 

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I saw some great reviews for the True Cut rotary cutter by The Grace Company. So I bought one. Tried it for a couple months figuring I just needed to get used to it. I don't like it. I have trouble controlling it and it seems awkward.

Then I saw reviews for the Martinelli. So I bought one. I only tried this one for a couple weeks. I didn't like it at all. It slips and changing the blade was a nightmare.

I went back to my Friskars and felt like I was picking up a trusted old friend. I really like this cutter. It's easy to hold and control and the blade retracts with a finger touch. For the life of me, why did I think I could do better?

I did try an Olfa where the blade releases when you release your finger. But I found it difficult to keep my finger steady to keep the blade in place. I returned it to the store.


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I have the olfa rotary cutter and love it.  My 60mm has a safety lock that you use.  I haven't really tried any others except I did use a Fiskers once at a family reunion and I found that to be a pretty good rotary cutter.

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Sherry replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 6:14 PM

I have a couple of Olfas and I recently bought a Martelli. Like them both but the Martelli is giving me issues with the thing that covers the blade. It is probably something I am doing wrong. Never had a problem with the Olfas. Only got the Martelli to save my wrists.

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Ramona replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 6:19 PM

Kathy

I see you're getting different thoughts on rotary cutters. Here is another. I started out with the Fiskers probably because of the price or that was what a friend used.  Then  when the Olfa changed it's design I switched. Both suit me just fine and have no bad things to say about either. I do use the Olfa now probably 99% of the time. I would say either would do the job. As for the Martelli cutter, I feel bad, but I have never heard of it until today. Can't give any feedback on that one. 

As for the message boards, hope someone can help you out. I haven't been on here that long but I've not seen a way to do a "message board" search.

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Sheri:

....I recently bought a Martelli. Like them both but the Martelli is giving me issues with the thing that covers the blade. ......

I had the same problem with the Martelli, The blade cover kept sticking. Drove me nuts. I still have the thing but no longer use it.


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Eileen replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 6:24 PM

Kathy/eemaw5,

You can see what a personal choice this is! I've only ever had Olfa as that was all I could find when I bought my first one, but I'd love to try others.  I think trying out as many as you can before you buy might help (do you have quilting friends with different cutters?).

The only place I've found on here to do a keyword search in the forums is from the home page - look up at the far right corner - it says "search this site" next to the search box just below edit | member logout | customer service...   You can also see if there is a tag (right side, once you've clicked on "message boards" tab) that matches what you want.

Hope this helps & good luck finding the right rotary cutter for you :-)

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The Quilt Daddy:

 Another thing to consider is that most blades are not interchangeable with other cutters so make sure you buy one that is easy to get replacement blades for.

I was able to use the Olfa 45mm blades in my Friskars, True Cut and Martelli cutters. I agree with you that the Olfa blades seem to be the longest lasting although every once in a while I get one that's a dud. But not often. I wait for a 40% off coupon at Joann's to buy the blades.


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Kathy replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 7:21 PM

Thank you so much everyone for the advice and quick replies. I don't know another single quilter, so this board in invaluable to me, and I have learned a great deal from reading the posts and forums. I will think about the input from everyone, and see if I can find a shop where I can test some cutters out. I am just starting my very first quilt. It really is relaxing when I get to actually get going. Can't wait to get it done. Thanks again to all who took the time to answer.

 

Kathy


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Pamela replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 7:42 PM

Very true about the blades not fitting all cutters. I have both an Olfa and a Fiskars. I use the Fiskars most. I kept having problems removing the blade when it needed replaced. Finally, my husband pointed out to me that it did not fit around the nut correctly. I had been buying a cheaper replacement blade at Wal-mart and it didn't fit the Fiskars. Won't do that again.

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Karla replied on Sun, Sep 25 2011 7:55 PM

I've had both Olfa and Fiskars and have liked them both.  The Fiskar blades fit on the Olfa and I use it most of the time now because the blade automatically retracts and I can lock it.  Not that that really helps with my grandsons (who are 6 and 7) because they are both mechanically inclined and can figure everything out.  In fact, when I forget to lock it, they lock it for me.  The Fiskars locked too, but my 7 yr. old grandson broke the first one I had trying to get the blade out without unlocking it first.  I'd say try them out and get whatever feels comfortable to you.

 

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I love my Olfa.  bOUGHT TTHE 45 FIRST THEN THE 60MM.  i USE THE 60 AS THE BLADES LAST LONGER AND IT IS FASTER TO CUT.  mY BLADE LAST A LONGER TIME WITH THE 60MM

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