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I took my very first quilting class today at Guildcrafters in Berkley, Mich. I’m proud to say I finished an entire top during our day of marathon sewing. I learned so much – one of my favorite takeaways was how best to use a rotary cutter. Here are a few quick tips that have made a huge difference in my projects:

  • Make sure your cutter has a sharp blade – it makes such a difference!
  • Try standing up – use the weight of your body for a firm cut
  • Cut at a 45-degree angle – this will make sure you get a clean cut the first time
  • Start cutting before you actually hit your fabric – this ensure you cut the very bottom of the fabric
  • Keep your blade guard on in between cuts – this way you won’t accidentally hurt yourself or your project!

Do you have any tips to share when it comes to rotary cutting?


  • Bonney

    Can we see your quilt top?

  • piecedgoods

    My lessons of experience –
    – Don’t get too into the efficiency of cutting with a rotary cutter and layer too many layers of fabric in one cut. A double layer is fine. Even four layers. But much more than that, and things start sliding out a bit and the strips get less accurate even with a sharp new blade.
    – Run the rotary blade AWAY from you.
    Thanks for the tips. Can’t wait to see the top!

  • growinglaufey.wordpress.com

    Wear butcher gloves or gardening gloves or some other kind of hand protection. So you don’t slice off the tip of your finger. Yup, learned that the hard way.