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Thread: 45mm vs 60mm?

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    Senior Member HeatherQuilts's Avatar
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    I have a 60mm rotary cutter, it's all I've ever used. I know a lot of you (most?) use the 45mm ones. Does anyone have both? How do they compare? Is one better than the other? Or just different?
    I'm wondering if it would be worth it for me to buy a 45mm cutter.
    Opinions, please!! :D :D
    Thanks in advance!

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    I have both - I use both -

    The one I use is the first one I can locate.

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    I have both and most of the time I use the 60mm only because the size makes it easier to find. :?

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    I have three the 45 , the 60 and the small one ( can not remember the mm, but is is not the micro small). I tend to use the 60 the majority of the time. If I had to give one up it would be the 45 , and I would keep the 60 and the small one. ( the small is nice for curves). Yes the blades are more costly , but it lasts longer.
    The 45mm has been around longer than the 60mm, so I think alot have just gotten used the 45.

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    Seriously, the 60mm is nice for cutting fleece - which I found dulled it almost immediately.

    If one has very small hands, a 45mm might be easier to handle.

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    Have both, use both. Keep 60 at my cutting table - it's easier on the hand when doing a lot of cutting. Have 45 at my sewing table, nicer to use for those quick cuts & trims. Can't imagine only having one!! But then I suppose I spoil myself when it comes to my quilting:)

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    I have a 60mm and a 28mm and use them both. I see no need for a 45mm at all. If you feel you need a smaller one, go for the 28mm. It's great on small pieces, curves, up to 4 layers of fabric, it's easy to control and the blades are cheaper! I use mine more than I do the big one.

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    I have a variety of rotary cutter sizes: 18, 45 and 60mm. For cutting around curved acrylic templates I like to use an 18mm. For general fabric cutting I think either a 45 or 60mm works equally well, but that being said I prefer my 60mm because it is the most comfortable for me to use. It's also a plus when cutting thick fabric like denim or twill.

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    I have a 45 and a 38, I use the 38 ,99% of the time. with a new blade I can cut 6 layers but usually only do 4 at a time. I feel wobbly with the bigger blade, like walking on stilts :shock:

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    I have both and use them both but I prefer the 60 only because I have big hands and I can grip the handle better.

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    I use both, I prefer my 45mm for cutting 4 layers and the 60 for cutting more layers and heavier fabrics :D:D:D

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    I have both but I only use the 60mm. I like it because I can use it no matter what the thickness of the fabric is. :)

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    I have both and I use the 60mm for stacking and cutting multiple layers
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    LOL I HAVE THE 60 & 45 I ENDED UP WITH BOTH CAUSE I BUY THEM WHEN THEY ARE ON SALE @ JOANNS :)

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    I have both also, as well as the 28mm, 18mm and rotary point cutter. I like the feel of the 60mm best, however, I stumbled across a deal I couldn't pass up on Ebay sometime back for 45mm blades. Add those to what I had hoarded already and I'm set. Now I don't have the $$ for 60mm blades so I use it sparingly.

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    I have 60, 45 and 28. I use them all, but hands down my favorite is the 60mm.

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    Thanks for all the responses, everyone! I think I'll just stick with the 60mm that I have now. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Seriously, the 60mm is nice for cutting fleece - which I found dulled it almost immediately.

    If one has very small hands, a 45mm might be easier to handle.
    Yes that is what happened to mine, I wish I could afford blades for mine, as it cuts fabric a lot easier when you are cutting in layers. God bless.

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    I have both and use both. My 60 is an ergonomic one, and I like that best. But the 45 is good if I'm cutting smaller pieces, trimming paper piecing, etc.

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    I have both and use both.

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    I have that 60 mm martelli and the blades are expensive for it.I accidently hit my blade on my ruler and that was not good.I use it for cutting through a lot of fabric at one time.It works so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltinggirl
    I have both but I only use the 60mm. I like it because I can use it no matter what the thickness of the fabric is. :)
    Ditto!

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    The 60 mm blades have become outrageously expensive. I suggest going to a 45 mm cutter just for that reason!

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    That explains why JoAnns had it on sale so cheap.I wouldn't buy another one,but I do miss using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiludrop
    The 60 mm blades have become outrageously expensive. I suggest going to a 45 mm cutter just for that reason!
    You can get some good deals on ebay. I got my 60 mm ergonomic cutter with several packages of blades for about $23 I think.

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