My least favorite part of quilting is the seemingly endless chore of cutting pieces. And I dislike this not just because it takes so long but because no matter how careful I am I cannot cut out nice clean squares or rectangles. There is always that eigth or sixteenth of an inch that every piece seems to be off.
So I've been googling ways to get around this and the two items that seem to pop up are the AccuQuilt cutting system and the QuiltCut2 fabric cutter.
Anyone use these - any pros or cons? good stuff and worth the purchase or are they "junky?"
The AccuQuilt looks like it may be more than I need as I'm still quilting with straight lines only. If I did a lot of applique I might say yes to this, but I'm not there yet. Also it looks like it only handles small pieces of fabric, so I'd have to cut items up before putting them in the machine. And does this do long strips? From what I can see it only handles certain set shapes but I could be wrong.
The QuiltCut2 looks more like what I need but it also looks like a lot of work, adjusting clamps and all that. However if it cuts accurate, straight, even lines it may be worth the extra work. It is hard to learn?
Any comments you have on either of these I'd love to hear, both the good and the bad. Also, are there other cutting machine alternatives that I may not have seen?
I have just received the QuiltCut2 as a gift. I'm super excited about it. Not a lot of work, adjusting the clamps takes as long as laying down a straight ruler. Very easy to use. The reason I chose this rather than the AccuQuilt is there is no fabric waste.
Thank you for the info!! I guess rather than it being a one or the other choice it is more that they work together, each doing something a little different?? Does that sound right?
With the accuquilt - does this do long strips, for instance will it cut a yard into 3" strips? And I would have to purchase a separate die for that, right? And another die to do 2" strips? and another for 4" strips, etc.? (They look kind of pricy.)
Denise - you say you found the QuiltCut2 to have some play in the arm, is there any way to adjust it - maybe clamping it tighter?
My husband bought the AccuQuilt for my birthday last year. Not sure if I would actually use it, but I started using it to cut a few of my long 2 1/2 " long strips ( my first die I bought to go with it), and Loved it!! Now I look for sales on the website, in stores, etc. when they go on 1/2 price. Each die is separate, and others are correct, you can get 6 layers on there if you fold the fabric carefully. One pass thru and all your strips are cut. They are so accurate! Also the triangles have the tips trimmed off, so if you can put one layer of material right side up, next color right side down, I have been able to cut my triangles, take off the die and go right to the sewing machine ready to sew. If you watch a few of the videos on their website, they give you lots of ideas. I also went together with a friend and we decided which dies we really liked and would use for several quilts, then we bought them together and share them and the machine. That way the investment goes further. One sale last year, was everything you bought for $99, you got another $99 for free. So their sales are good, just keep looking. You might try them out in a store if any around you to see if you like it.
I have both systems and I use the Quilt Cut a whole lot more. The clamps that hold the fabric in place don't require a lot of work at all. I like that there is nothing more to buy with this system. I also like that the ruler can be angled for diamonds, HSTs etc. No ruler slippage. If you visit their website you'll see a pretty good demo of the product.
The Accuquilt Go! is great for appliqué shapes but I find it cumbersome for strips. I also find that fabric can shift (due to static buildup) which results in less than accurate cuts.