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    18mm rotary cutter

    How many have the 18mm rotary cutter and do you use it much? I'm pretty new to quilting and am trying to decide if I want to put one of these on my wish list for christmas. I don't want to get one then not use it. I have 2 of the 45mm rotary cutters and love them. Help!!!!!!!!!!! please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Do you mean the 28mm size? I haven't heard of the 18mm.
    What kind of quilts and what size pieces do you typically cut? I have the 28mm size and find that it is best suited for
    paper piecing because of the small fabric pieces. By the way,I don't do much paper piecing.
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    I use my 45mm I've never bought the other one I also have a 60mm one but tend to use the 45mm every day. I've only been quilting myself for a couple of yrs. If you look at most class supply lists they pretty much all say bring a 45mm blade to class

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    There is an 18mm blade I don't know what you'd use it for though its really small
    Quote Originally Posted by JenniePenny View Post
    Do you mean the 28mm size? I haven't heard of the 18mm. What kind of quilts and what size pieces do you typically cut? I have the 28mm size and find that it is best suited for paper piecing because of the small fabric pieces. By the way,I don't do much paper piecing.

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    Yes there is an 18mm Olfa rotary cutter.
    I am finding the 28mm very useful and am using it for most cutting except multiple layers. Works great for one or two layers and possibly 3 or 4.

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    I bought the 18mm cutter thinking it would work for a circular template I have. It didn't work because the screw holding the blade is so low that the blade won't fit next to the edge of the template. I never use it.

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    I have a 28mm and a 60mm, and use the 28mm for almost everything I cut. Someday I'll treat myself to a 45mm, but only so I can use the decorative edge blades for art quilts. I really, really want a circle cutter, but Santa has forgotten where I live so it'll be awhile before I see one of those.

    If you think you'd like a smaller cutter than what you have now, you might want to consider the 28mm instead of the 18mm. I love the control I have with it and it easily cuts curves, too.
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    I just bought the 18mm cutter today and am using it to cut the wedges for my Christmas table topper. I'm cutting around the shape that I traced on to the template plastic sheeting. It is working okay for that but I CAN see that it wouldn't work with the regular plastic template since they are thicker.

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    The smallest I have is the 28mm and I only use it for cutting curves.

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    The 18 was supposed to make it possible to cut tight curves. I found it to be almost useless. I perferd sissors over that tiny cutter. I have three cutters 60, 45 and 28 ... use the 60 the most !

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    If you mean the 28mm - I've got one and I've probably only used it about 1/2 dozen times. I used to use my 60mm all the time but now use the 445mm the most. I think a lot depends on what size of cuts your making - are you cutting medium/large blocks or small/extra small ones.
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    I had the 28mm one and used it mostly for ripping and then it just fell apart. I wouldn't buy another.

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    if you do alot of (mini) work---need to cut around small-tight templates the 18 comes in handy- it is also good for circle cutters-
    if that is not the type of cutting you do-it will probably live in a drawer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karenpatrick View Post
    The smallest I have is the 28mm and I only use it for cutting curves.
    me, too! Curves only

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    I have the 18mm and use it for reverse sewing (ripping) my seams. It is easier to hold than the bigger blades and is faster than the seam ripper. I also have the 28mm, 45mm and 60mm. I use the last tow the most, but have used the 28mm for cutting circles.
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    I have 2 of each olfa size 28,45 & 60mm, and only 1 of the 18mm.
    The 18mm is my LEAST used although when I am working on small
    projects I will use it on a small 4x6 cutting mat near the machine and
    it works perfectly for me, but most often I just either the 45 or 60mm.

    Several years ago I got lucky and won a bid on ebay that consisted of
    1 of each size cutter, plus a chenille cutter, replacements blades in the
    sizes 18mm=20, 28=10, 45=10, 60=5 & chenille blade=1. ALL of this
    for the winning bid of $52.50 plus $5.75 for shipping.

    Never have seen another whopper of a deal like that since.

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