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45mm or 60mm Rotary Cutter Question

Old 09-05-2020, 05:04 AM
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Default No bumpy lumps

Originally Posted by stitchinbee View Post
great, thanks for the info. funny thing is i thought my folds were straight, but i guess that is what i get for thinking. lol so, i suppose my next question would be "how do i ensure the folds are straight". i spend the extra time to sooth, sooth, and resooth the layers and folds out. what is the trick?

I used to have this problem also... I use a long ruler; while folded I slide the ruler between layers and press the top against the fold. It takes a bit to getting used to Using a ruler like that but it has cut down on the lumpy bumps.

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Old 09-06-2020, 07:37 AM
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Sometimes the dips are from an unstable cutting surface and causes the cutter to skip in the same places. I found that my long white folding table from
Costco was the culprit. I covered it with a remnant piece of cabinet from the IKEA as is bin and that problem was solved. Any stable piece of something over a table that gives in the middle will help
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Old 09-06-2020, 07:42 AM
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I use there 45 most often, but when cutting through polar fleece or batting the 60 does a better job for me.
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Old 09-06-2020, 10:05 AM
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I have 18mm to 65mm cutters, have found 11 cutters so far in my room, One is on a ruler, I have olfa ,fiskars kai, martelli. a fiskars ruler, cutter, combo, and my gingher. I have a matt and cutter by each machine for small cuts and the others at my cutting table, in a drawer. I use the smaller ones for curved cutting and the largest one for cutting batting and trimming the quilt before adding the binding.
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Old 09-06-2020, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by SallyS View Post
I use there 45 most often, but when cutting through polar fleece or batting the 60 does a better job for me.
I agree.

I purchased a 60mm Quilter's Select rotary cutter and it is the most annoying, awkward cutter ever. You have to use both hands to disengage the blade protector. I was very surprised and disappointed that Alex Anderson put her stamp of approval on this design. The cutter itself is nice, it's heavy and solid, but it's just an absolute pita to access the blade.
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Old 09-06-2020, 10:48 AM
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I love my 60mm cutter and use it a great deal. The 45mm has its advantages in just be easier to manage. and less expensive when it comes to blades. I just purchased new blades for my 60mm and they were $6 a piece where I can get blades for pennies at Harbor Freight. Of course they don't last as long but they do the job for the cost. I also resharpen these 45mm to get more life from them. I am much more careful with the 60mm cutter and blade only because the cost is so much more to replace the blades. My preference it the 60mm much smoother.
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