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    Hi , I am a Raw beginner at patchwork, and I live in Australia
    I read up all the tips I can find. I have made my first quilt."out of my head" and it is not too bad, I think! I am 80 yrs. young , so hope I can really stay around to make more !

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    I would like some ideas on the best rotary cutter to get, I bought one, but have trouble cutting through any more thjan one piece of material

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    Hello, and welcome from Idaho! My favorite rotary cutter is the 60mm Olfa.

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    Welcome from Melbourne, Victoria.

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    Welcome to the board from Northern NY.

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    I am fairly new too...I have found that I need to change the blades often. I am hoping there is a sharpener to help save the cost of having to get a new blade for every project I do. I am also looking into the machines that cut the materials and patterns. Like the Baby Go, so far I have seen a lot of good comments on this board about the machines.
    Quote Originally Posted by jeanniep
    I would like some ideas on the best rotary cutter to get, I bought one, but have trouble cutting through any more thjan one piece of material

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    Welcome Jeannie,Im Dori and Im fairly new here myself..Although Ive been a selftaught quilter I enjoy just thinking about what colors and patterns will go together well...Ive only just started having time for quilting and it brings joy to me everyday..I am 58 and have 8 grandchildren and 3 greatgrandchildren...You'll find everyone very friendly here...

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    Good morning! i use the 45mm rotary cutter,no special brand, i have several.
    you should be able to cut through 4 layers of fabric, maybe the blade is dull already?
    i have a seperate cutter i use just for batting, and squaring up the quilt. i think the batting dulls the blade..IMHO

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    Hi and welcome from rainy Queensland.

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    I like the Olfa Deluxe Rotary Cutter as it has an ergononically designed handle & the blade automatically closes when you release your grip - a great safety feature if you happen to drop the cutter. Check this site for a picture. I cut at least 4 layers frequently & seldom use my blade sharpener. I think the blade closing automatically saves it from nicks.

    http://www.google.com/products/catal...=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ADBF&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=6893584314794472125&ei=DD-4TMXoAcH6lwf_4PS5DA&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=image&resnum=3&ved=0CDoQ8gIwAg#

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    Hello and welcome from Ontario.

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    "My favorite rotary cutter is the 60mm Olfa"

    My sentiments exactly!

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    Welcome Jennie, I live in Lexington,Kentucky. I'm 71, and just getting back into sewing and I am learning so much here about quilt making. These Quilt Board members have so much information to share, and they are all so kind and helpful.

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    Welcome from NY State. I also use an Olfa 45mm cutter and have no trouble cutting through 4 layers. I don't change the blade as often as I should. Usually when it starts skipping a few threads consistently. Then once I do change it I am amazed at how much better it cuts! :lol:

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    Hi Jeannie! :) Welcome from Minnesota US!

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    Hello from WV and Welcome to the group
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    Welcome from Iowa. I have a 45mm Fiskar that works well for me. A SHARP blade is the necessity here. :-)

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    Glad you've joined us! Each one contributes to the other...we're richer by having YOU here! :thumbup: Welcome from Missouri, USA

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    Hello and welcome from northern California!

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    welcome aboard jeannie. i use both olfa and fiskar cutters in all sizes. so long as the blade is sharp i can always cut through at least 4 layers. sometimes with a sharp 60mm i can even get 6 layers.
    my friend has trouble because she doesn't keep the blade straight up and down next to the ruler. be sure it is not leaning when you cut. get up over the top of the piece so you can really see where the blade is and bear down evenly as you cut.
    hope this is helpful. keep quilting

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    janet - hey neighbor. i am in sacramento.

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    Welcome from North Central Missouri, USA. People here on this board are very wonderful with hints and help and produce beautiful quilts and crafts.

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