How to use a rotary cutter (2022)

I wasn’t a quilter until recently, I used to sew clothes for myself and kids and some home decor items (mostly curtains). So I wasn’t used to rotary cutters, although I had all the time many different kinds of sewing scissors and I thought that rotary cutters are only used by quilters.

Some time ago, before deciding to share my sewing experience with others, I started to sew leather. I heard from more experienced people that a rotary cutter is excellent for cutting leather and will transform you in a real leather cutting machine. So I tried it. And it was awful! At that time I was so surprised at the way a rotary cutter works.

So I decided to find out what is wrong with my rotary cutting skills. I saw many YouTube videos where they go through a few layers of fabric with a rotary cutter like through butter. And I was really surprised that I can’t do the same with my rotary cutter.It was not hard to figure it out though. And I put together this article so you are not going to make the same mistakes I did.

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What is a rotary cutter ?

The best rotary cutter definition seems to be “a hand tool which has a round knife”. The knife is between 18 and 60mm in diameter (~ 3/4” to 2 1/3”). The standard sizes I have seen are 18, 28, 45 and 60mm. You cut by pressing the knife on the material and moving the tool forward.

Right now I own two Olfa rottary cutters, both for 45mm blades. I do have some others but they have been relegated to the “never to be used again” bin.

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The most common cutting tools are made by Olfa and Fiskars and the price for a no-name tool and a brand name one is about the same, so buy the best, this you buy once and use for years. I only use 45mm blades, in fact I own the first two cutters in the list below:
OLFA Rotary Cutter RTY-2/G
Olfa 45mm Deluxe Handle Rotary Cutter
Fiskars Classic Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter (45mm)
Fiskars Easy Change Ergo Control Rotary Cutter, 45mm

So, the reason I couldn’t cut my leather using a rotary cutter is obvious – a dull blade. Even if you have the best expensive rotary cutting tool it will not cut your fabric if the blade is not sharp enough.

How do you know what blades to buy? That’s easy: the best for the price, right? So let’s compare them.

We will use the following three types of blades in this test:

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I started with no-name blades, bought in bulk from China (if 10 can be named “bulk”) on eBay. I think when I bought them they were about $5 for 10, now you pay anywhere from $9 to $15 for a 10-pack. Even Amazon still sells them.

They work ok for the first cut for a one-layer material, perhaps the second and third, if you are lucky, your mat is good, the material is thin, etc. Then it happens as it happened during my test, see the video:

(Video) How to Use a Rotary Cutter

Note please the force that I applied to the cutter, my finger is white where I press the cutter. And the result? Better let’s not talk about it, the video is clear! As I said: I don’t have time for this! I use a rotary cutter not to aggravate myself, but to save time and for convenience.

My next step? Give the remaining blades to my husband to do I-don’t-know-what-and-I-don’t-want-to-know with them, go to Amazon and buy the brand name ones. I bought Olfa blades and they are my favorite now.

There are two types of Olfa blades: regular and endurance which promises twice the life of the regular one. In the image below you can see how they look like, together with their original packaging.

They are available on Amazon but at many other retailers also, one of them is CreateForLess: Olfa 45mm regular blade (RB-45) and Olfa Endurance 45mm blade (RB-45H)

The “Endurance” blade is a newer product and probably difficult to find for a better price but I think there is a good chance to find the regular RB-45 blades on sale for a better price. Look around.

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So after I confirmed what I already knew – no name blades are a no/no – let’s continue.

The video below will show an Olfa rotary cutter blade change, a very simple process and pretty much the same for all cutters I have seen. The main thing is NOT to overtighten the screw: the blade should be able to rotate easily!

I will use now one of the two Olfa blades I have, an Olfa Extended Cut RB-45H. This is an expensive blade and promises a longer life ( 2x ) than its Olfa cousin that we will test later. How does it work? Superbly! See the video. In fact, the material I cut is a multi-layer in some parts, I used this cut to straighten one side of my quilted block.

Now I am using the regular Olfa RB-45 blade and as I expected (the blade was new) I didn’t see any difference. The blade cut effortlessly, pretty much like its predecessor, the more expensive “Endurance”.

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I then used the same regular blade to cut the same multi-layer material used with the “Endurance” blade, no problem whatsoever, the blade cut easily and without the need to apply more force than I did for one layer. I could not determine which one cuts best between the “Endurance” and “Regular” blades.

Will the “Endurance” blade last twice as long as its cousin? Difficult to say especially that they will not be used to cut the same materials. I know from experience that the regular RB-45 blade lasts quite a long time (unless my husband uses it again to sharpen my chalk pencil).

Let me tell you about some new interesting cutting tools you may not have heard of.

For example, now they make rotary cutters like this in the image below. The way the handle is designed is quite unusual, right?

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The Martelli comes in a left hand version and right hand version.

I don’t own one like this ( there are different brands also) but I tried and liked very much Martelli Ergo 2000. It seems it’s easier to cut with it because you need to put less pressure while cutting compared to a standard style rotary cutter. And you can cut SITTING! Martelli has excellent videos about this rotary cutter.

Some of my friends use it and just can’t live without it because it makes the cutting more natural and especially if you have a large number of cuts it helps by reducing the stress on your hand. It’s also advertised as recommended for people with arthritis – and after 50, most of us are affected to some extent. I wouldn’t go that far to say I can’t live without it but liked it and I feel it merits an honorable mention.

Another cutting tool that is not very common yet – Rotary cutter and ruler COMBO. Did you see this one?

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Here is the description I found on the manufacturer’s site – sounds like a great tool!

“Great for beginners, the unique design of this tool makes perfect cuts through fabric a breeze — since you’re not managing two tools separately, you don’t have to struggle with a misaligned ruler or worry about holding the rotary cutter straight. It includes a 45 mm spring-action rotary blade that makes clean cuts through multiple layers of fabric and an ergonomic blade carriage that makes cutting smooth and easy. The ruler features a bold 6″ x 24″ grid that is printed on both sides for right- or left-handed use, plus highlighted numbers for excellent visibility on light or dark fabric. The unique rail design prevents lint build up as you work, the no-touch magnetic blade change system makes blade change safe and easy while storing used blades, and a carrying handle offers easy, convenient transportation.”

Also, I have to mention here that there are pinking blades – you can add unique decorative edges to any project with them and keep fabric edges from fraying.

A very important part of the process is the cutting mat and you want from it three things:

  • Large enough to accommodate the longest cut you are comfortable to make
  • Self-healing; in time, the mat will have many, many cuts and it’s important they don’t render the mat unusable. If it ‘s double sided, so much the better, you get double the usage
  • Heavy enough to lay flat on the table, sticky enough to not move while you cut and to hold the material well, thick enough to not be damaged permanently by a wrong deep cut. A mat that is too shiny will allow the material to slide and that is certainly not something we want

My best mat is Dritz 30x36” ( 76x91cm ) and I like it but because I stored it improperly it has curved slightly at one end.

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This particular mat is no longer manufactured and because I am looking to replace it I have narrowed my choices to the one below, even if it’s smaller than what I have now. It’s very well reviewed on Amazon, with over 1500 positive reviews (at the time I write this) and none negative!

(Video) Rotary Cutting Tip for Beginners- Crafty Gemini

OLFA 24″ x 36″ Self Healing Rotary Cutting Mat (RM-MG) – Double Sided 24x36 Inch Cutting Mat with Grid

The cutter is especially good at long, straight cuts and I used it extensively on my Bargello quilt project where I had to cut many long strips of material (44″, or 1.3m). I doubt I could have easily done it with scissors, nor would the cuts have been so straight.

✅ Related tutorial: A Comprehensive Guide to Creating Bargello Quilts

Rotary cutter safety

The rotary cutter blade is extremely sharp and IT’S DANGEROUS. The regular kitchen knife is much less sharp. It takes only a slight contact for the cutting blade to cut, and you don’t even realize it sometimes – the first indication is the blood coming out from nowhere. From personal experience, I cut myself enough times to know this isn’t a joke:

NEVER leave the cutter around where someone might take it, perhaps someone not used to it. Put it back in the tool basket or drawer.

NEVER allow your children to handle a cutter (not that the sharp needles are less dangerous, mind you). Talk to them about the danger.

ALWAYS retract the blade when not in use, even if you only put it down for 1 second. It becomes a habit and it’s dangerous to leave a blade exposed. Not counting that the retraction of the blade protects the blade too.

ALWAYS store the unused blades in their original packaging, usually they are in a closed container. It protects the blade and lowers the risk of mishandling.

ALWAYS dispose of used blades properly and immediately, DO NOT leave them on the table, used blades might not be excellent at cutting long stretches of material, but they are still orders of magnitude sharper than any regular knife.

And finally, ALWAYS, ALWAYS be careful when handling such a cutter. The fingers you have right now are the only ones you will ever have!

Do you use a rotary cutter?

If you don’t, in my opinion you should. It speeds up cutting fabric tremendously in certain instances. If you are into quilting, I would say you HAVE to use one! Why? Let’s see:

Precision: Long stretches of straight cut are difficult to make with scissors and one small tiny insignificant mistake may ruin the work of many days, or at least require a lot more work to fix. The rotary cutter is probably the answer to the question “how to cut large pieces of fabric straight” ( you might want also to read my article “How to cut fabric perfectly straight” )

– If you compare cuts of the same material done by good quality scissors and the rotary cutter you will see that the scissors cut is not absolutely straight even if the difference is about 1mm or less.

Time saving: Long stretches of straight cuts take quite a long time to make with scissors mainly due to the extra care that is necessary when continuing the cut.

Ease of use: Scissors, no matter how good and sharp, never cut equally well along the whole length of the blade so a long cut will be not easy to make.

Convenience: The material that stays flat on the desk must be raised to be cut with scissors.

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– What about multiple layers of material, especially where the layers aren’t well attached to each other? How difficult is to make a precise cut through all layers ? If the material shifts, especially when you raise it, the cut in different layers may be off a little.

All these are solved with a rotary cutter. True, there are things that scissors do better (like curved cut along a line) and things that a rotary cutter doesn’t do at all, for example cut the material off the table. But in my opinion each tool has its use in your sewing tool drawer and if you are serious about sewing, you need a good rotary cutter.

✅ Related tutorial: Foundation paper piecing tutorial

(Video) How to Use a Rotary Cutter

Unlike scissors, rotary cutter blades aren’t designed to be sharpened. Rotary cutter blades sharpeners exists, like the one below but I don’t recommend them. 1 in 3 users isn’t satisfied with its performance, and this is the best I could find on Amazon. To use this you need special skills AND luck AND experience AND time AND patience AND tolerance of failures AND you still don’t get the quality of an original blade.

I don’t have the time for this! So I buy new blades when the old ones go dull.

Do you have experience using rotary cutters and blades? Please leave a comment, the more people share, the more we all know and if anyone makes a mistake – like me buying the no-name blades – others can avoid it.

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FAQs

What is the correct way to use a rotary cutter? ›

So once it's lined. Up. I'm going to put your can on you don't want to too close to the edge because

Why is my rotary cutter not cutting? ›

The most likely reason for your rotary cutter skipping is because the blade is dull. This isn't always the case, though. Other potential reasons for this include lint or fuzz being stuck on the blade, or if you have used it to cut through anything with wire in it, that can also damage the blade causing it to skip.

How do you use a rotary cutter mat? ›

Still like to keep things flat keep them from moving around stable. So I'd line it up to keep it

How many layers of fabric can you cut with a rotary cutter? ›

A sharp rotary cutter blade should be able to cut cleanly through four layers of fabric at a time.

Are rotary cutters easy to use? ›

You won't have to fuss with securing pins, which will save you time and frustration. You also won't have to bother tracing the outline of your pattern with a marking pencil! Rotary cutters are better for cutting long, straight lines compared to scissors because they're faster and easier to hold.

How do you cut fabric straight with a rotary cutter? ›

How to cut fabric with a Rotary Cutter - Learn to Quilt! - YouTube

Should I oil my rotary cutter? ›

It's very important to clean and oil this part of your rotary cutter because it's where metal rubs on metal. If your sewing machine's joints and parts don't get oiled where they rub, your machine will rust and not work. It's the same with your cutting tools!

How often should you change the blade on a rotary cutter? ›

Some people like to change their rotary cutter blade after every couple of projects while others change theirs after a certain amount of hours of use. While there is no one right or wrong method, you definitely want to change the blade as soon as it starts skipping threads.

How tight should rotary cutter blades be? ›

Generally speaking, the blade should be tight enough so that it doesn't move around on its own, but you should be able to move with your hand by applying some pressure.

How do you cut quilting fabric for beginners? ›

Quilting 101: How to Cut Fabric - YouTube

How do I keep my rotary blade sharp? ›

How to Sharpen a Rotary Blade - YouTube

What is the best ruler to use with a rotary cutter? ›

Having a big cutting mat means you can use your rotary cutter with all the great specialty, non-slip rulers made by companies like Olfa, Omnigrid and others. These rulers are transparent and usually feature accurate measurement markings every 1/8″.

What is the best tool when cutting fabric for beginners? ›

Fabric Shears

The best sewing scissors are specially designed to cut fabric. Your fabric scissors (also called shears) should be sharp enough to cut through several layers of fabric at the one time. This means they will need to be medium to large-sized.

When cutting pattern pieces one should avoid? ›

4 Mistakes to Avoid When Cutting Out Pattern Pieces
  • Neglecting to Mark Notches. Notches are the little triangles you see on the edge of certain pattern pieces. ...
  • Letting Excess Fabric Hang Off Your Cutting Table. ...
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  • Not Using Enough Pins.
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Can a rotary cutter cut jeans? ›

Cut Your Jeans: Use a fabric pen and your fabric scissors or rotary cutter to mark and cut your leg 1” below your folded hem.

Can I use a rotary cutter without a mat? ›

Can you use a rotary cutter without a mat? To use a rotary cutter when you don't have a cutting mat, you can use thick cardboard or even the bottom of an old shelf in a pinch, but this can dull your blades with time. You can use the edge of a table to help you mark a straight edge.

What is the main disadvantage in using a rotary cutter and mat? ›

The main advantage of this equipment is that it cuts fabric quickly and smoothly. The main disadvantage is that it is very easy to cut your fingers. You must be very careful to keep your fingers away from the cutting edge.

Is a rotary cutter the same as a brush hog? ›

One of the most useful tools is what is known as a “brush hog” or “rotary cutter.” Brush hogs are commonly called “bush hogs” but that is a brand name. “Rotary cutter” is another commonly used term to describe the same implement.

How do you cut a straight line with a rotary saw? ›

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How do you cut fabric perfectly straight? ›

Straight angle rulers are the best choice for cutting fabric straight because they have a 90-degree angle that helps you keep your cuts straight. What is this? To use a straight angle ruler, simply line it up with the edge of the fabric and then use a rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the ruler.

Do you cut fabric parallel to selvage? ›

The fold line and the selvages should be parallel to each other, and the fabric should lie perfectly smooth and flat in between. Good to Know: The raw edges cut from the fabric store will most likely not line up as they did before washing, so don't stress if they're different now.

Should you sharpen rotary cutter blades? ›

Cory recommends sharpening your blade every other day with standard use. You may need to sharpen more often with heavy use.

Does cut paper dull rotary cutter? ›

To help your blades last longer, avoid cutting anything other than textile fabric. Using your blades to cut material such as cardboard or paper can dull the blade fast.

Should a rotary cutter be level? ›

It may come as a surprise to you that the deck should not be run level. With any rotary mower, it is desirable to set the front slightly lower (¼ to ½ inch on a 4 to 6 foot rotary cutter) so that the blade cuts at the front, and the rear of the blade does not recut the grass or drag on the grass.

Can a rotary cutter cut curves? ›

The standard quilting rotary cutter is a 45mm size blade. This size is great for easily cutting squares and rectangles and other straight-edged shapes, but not so great for cutting around curves. Especially if you're using acrylic templates or template plastic.

What is the difference between a rotary cutter and a finish mower? ›

Flail, Finish and Rotary Cutter Comparison - YouTube

How do you know when to replace sawblade? ›

How to know when to replace your saw blade : QuickTip #6 - YouTube

What are the two types of rotary cutters? ›

Different types of rotary cutter Left to right: cylindrical (in two different diameters), tapered, semi-elliptical and spherical.

How low can you cut with a rotary mower? ›

Honestly, most rotary mowers cannot mow as low as one inch; most can only get as low as 1.25 inches, which is fine for EMPIRE's first mow of the spring. Most rotary mowers, when adjusted to the lowest setting, cannot mow much lower than 1.25 inches, which is fine for the first mow of the year for EMPIRE.

What are the numbers on a rotary cutter blade for? ›

Q: What do the numbers around the perimeter of the rotary blades mean? A: The original rotary blade was designed to fit a safety cutter that positioned each section of the rotary blade in a fixed position to be used upon the dulling of the previous section, thus the numbers represented each of those sections.

What is the easiest quilt for a beginner? ›

One of the easiest quilts for a beginner to make is a simple patchwork quilt. A square patchwork quilt is made from fabric squares that are sewn together in a simple grid pattern. You can cut squares from your own fabrics, or start with a precut fabric bundle called a “charm pack” or “layer cake”.

Do you cut with the grain or against fabric? ›

Nope! Grain doesn't always matter. If you're just using your fabric for a little crafty project, it really won't matter how you cut it. If it's not going to drape on a body, then it really doesn't matter!

What can you cut with the rotary blade? ›

What Can the Rotary Blade Cut? The Rotary Blade can cut a wide variety of materials from delicate crepe paper and silk to heavyweight denim and leather. Use it to cut out apparel or quilting patterns or crafting projects.

Can you sharpen rotary cutter blades with foil? ›

Cutting Aluminum Foil

Next, cut thin strips with the scissors, making sure to cut from the tip of the blade all the way to the pivot points. Use nice, open, broad cuts. This method also works for rotary cutters. Just run the blades over folded tin foil.

Should you push or pull a blade when sharpening? ›

Push the point you want to sharpen with your fingers. While keeping the angle and pushing the point with your fingers, stroke the blade until it reaches the other edge of the whetstone, then pull the blade back until it reaches the edge of the whetstone.

What is the difference between a 45 mm and 60 mm rotary cutter? ›

The 45mm is easier to use for pattern cutting and I feel easier to control. A new blade can easily cut from 4 to 6 layers of fabric. The 60mm is great for cutting layers of 6 or more and great for straight cuts. Any rotary cutter works best with straight cuts and in conjunction with a rotary ruler and mat.

What size of rotary cutter do I need? ›

If you know you'll be cutting yards and yards of fabric, you'll probably want to reach for a 60mm rotary cutter. An 18mm rotary cutter is used mainly for making small cuts, or for cutting curves. If you want to have one rotary cutter that will be sufficient for nearly all projects, your best bet is the 45mm.

How do you use a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter? ›

Rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat - YouTube

What fabric is difficult to cut? ›

This is really a job that requires experience and a lot of patience. Always buy extra fabric, then you can cut any incorrectly cut pattern parts. Organza, Voile, Chiffon, Pleated and stretch lace are difficult fabrics because they are very thin and do not keep well in shape during cutting and sewing.

What is the fastest way to cut fabric? ›

HOW TO CUT FABRIC FAST | 3 FAST EASY WAYS TO CUT FABRIC

How do you cut out a pattern for beginners? ›

How to Cut Out Sewing Pattern Pieces - Updated - YouTube

Do you lay pattern on right or wrong side of fabric? ›

If you are cutting one layer, however, the pattern pieces must be placed printed side up. They must also be placed on the right side of the fabric. Otherwise, you may find that pattern pieces fit the wrong side of your body. Be sure to use the “with nap” layout when working with napped fabrics.

How many layers of fabric can a rotary cutter cut through? ›

A sharp rotary cutter blade should be able to cut cleanly through four layers of fabric at a time.

What is a rotary cutter good for? ›

3 Things to Consider When Buying a Rotary Cutter - YouTube

Is a pizza cutter the same as a rotary cutter? ›

Like a pizza cutter, a rotary cutter has a handle with a round blade attached to the end. The blade of a rotary cutter is extremely sharp, designed to cut through several layers of fabric at once.

Why is my vinyl cutter not cutting properly? ›

Common Vinyl Cutter Problems: Incomplete Corners - YouTube

Should you sharpen rotary cutter blades? ›

Cory recommends sharpening your blade every other day with standard use. You may need to sharpen more often with heavy use.

How do you sharpen a rotary cutter? ›

How to Sharpen a Rotary Blade - YouTube

How do you calibrate a rotary blade? ›

Cricut - Calibration (Print then cut, Rotary Blade, Knife Blade) - YouTube

When cutting vinyl does the shiny side go up or down? ›

When working with heat transfer vinyl, the shiny side of the material always goes face down for cutting. This shiny side is called the “carrier.” It covers the face (the colored side that will face out on the garment) of the HTV and holds the cut pieces in alignment during cutting and applying.

What speed and force do I set my vinyl cutter? ›

A good starting speed is from the lower range of 10 up to 70 for testing purposes. Successful cutting for letters on a 4" decal is best done under speeds of 120. TIP: The blade pressure setting is related to using the right blade depth when setting up the blade.

Why is my vinyl peeling up while cutting? ›

Solution: You are cutting too deep. Try lightening up your pressure of your cut. If you cut too deep, the blade cuts a very thin layer of the backing paper along with your vinyl. So, when you go to weed your vinyl, its easier for the paper to rip off with the vinyl than for the vinyl to detach from the backing.

How long does a rotary blade last? ›

HOW LONG DOES THE ROTARY BLADE LAST? This question isn't a simple one to answer. For one person it may last 1 year, another just 4 months. It really depends on much cutting you'll do.

Can the rotary blade cut wood? ›

Rotary saws can be used to make accurate cuts. They can cut through just about any material with the right saw blade. These saws are mainly used to cut through metal, brick, concrete, and wood.

Can a rotary cutter cut curves? ›

The standard quilting rotary cutter is a 45mm size blade. This size is great for easily cutting squares and rectangles and other straight-edged shapes, but not so great for cutting around curves. Especially if you're using acrylic templates or template plastic.

Should a rotary cutter be level? ›

It may come as a surprise to you that the deck should not be run level. With any rotary mower, it is desirable to set the front slightly lower (¼ to ½ inch on a 4 to 6 foot rotary cutter) so that the blade cuts at the front, and the rear of the blade does not recut the grass or drag on the grass.

How often should a rotary mower blade be sharpened? ›

The short answer is: A lawnmower blade should be sharpened after every 20 to 25 hours of usage time on average. In reality, the best time to sharpen blades is when they start getting dull and it becomes more difficult to cut grass.

What brand rotary cutter is the best? ›

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  2. Fiskars Titanium Rotary Cutter. ...
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  5. Hercules 3-Speed Electric Rotary Cutting Machine. ...
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What are the numbers on a rotary cutter blade for? ›

Q: What do the numbers around the perimeter of the rotary blades mean? A: The original rotary blade was designed to fit a safety cutter that positioned each section of the rotary blade in a fixed position to be used upon the dulling of the previous section, thus the numbers represented each of those sections.

Does a rotary cutter blade rotate? ›

A rotary cutter is a fabric and craft cutting tool with a very sharp round blade set into a handle device. The blade rotates and enables you to cut faster and more effectively. They come in a variety of styles, handle shapes and sizes.

How do I know what size rotary cutter blade I need? ›

18 mm blades are ideal for intricate cutting of curved pieces, cutting small pieces or appliques, and trimming seams. 28 mm blades are best for smaller projects cutting through a few layers of fabric. The 45mm is the “standard” size most sewists and quilters use for straight cuts through four to eight layers of fabric.

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