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Thread: Rotary Cutter - does size matter?

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    Junior Member malfromcessnock's Avatar
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    Someone told me the other day that a 60mm - 2.5" Olfa cuts better than its smaller brother, the 45mm, not sure of imperial equiv, maybe 2.75".

    Can this be true? I would have thought it depended only on the blade.

    If my hunch is right, then why the different sizes? I understand the baby is designed for tight curves but why the TWO larger sizes?

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    The 60mm is great when you are cutting through lots of layers at a time. The 45mm is the most common and useful size. But if you are doing tiny pieces or lots of layers, the other two are very valuable. I use a 45mm probably 90% of the time. But it depends on what you are doing.

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    I wouldn't say one size cuts better than another... I really like to cut with the 60mm, especially when cutting WOF and large pieces. Sometimes it is a little too large to cut pieces that are less than 2 1/2 or 3", but it really is a personal preference. I usually use the one that I can find at the moment, 60mm or 45mm. I very rarely use the smaller 28mm.

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    the 45 is the most common-used the most often for a couple layers of fabric-
    the 60 is good for flannels, thicker fabrics, more layers
    and the small ones (28 & 18 i think-)are good for small pieces/shapes-going around curves, tight place, around templates, ect.

    some people just like using the larger blade over the 45- some people hate using the large one and only do so when the project makes it necessary . the little ones are kind of project dependant- but come in handy - they are easy to go around templates with....more precise cutting- but not something you want to use for cutting yardage/large pieces

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    I had the 28 and gave it to a friend when she couldn't find her 45. I use my 45 all the time. I might have a 60 in the drawer somewhere but obviously don't use it. Haven't had a problem doing large or small cuts with the 45.

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    Mostly I like using the 60, but when I'm using the June Tailor strip cutter slotted ruler, the 45 works better. I've got a 28 too...rarely use that one.

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    I find that I have been using the 28mm more lately. It seems easier when cutting up to 4 layers of fabric and especially when I need to cut sitting down.
    I use the 60mm when cutting batting.

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    Thank you ladies.

    Do you know that those slotted strip cutting rulers cost well over $100 here in Australia and I can't imagine ordering it online. I think they would be so hard to pack, resulting in such a huge package but they are so cheap at QIAD.

    I reckon you've answered my question on rotary cutters.

    Interesting to note that Holice mostly uses her 28mm.

    I found my 45mm hard to use at first but am now getting the hang of it.

    Will have some pictures of my first project to show you soon.

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    Holice is NOT a "her".

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    Ah! Do we have another male quilter?

    So sorry Holice, my mistake and a bad one too!

    Incidentally, did you make your avatar wall hanging? Where did you get the pattern? I love it mate!

    Don't know why I said that, I hate being called "mate". I won't do it again. Are you also on the QuiltGuy forum. That's a beauty - the fellows there are very clever.

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