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Thread: Donna Dewberry Fabric Strip Cutter -- Do you like it?

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    I'm thinking about putting the Donna Dewberry fabric strip cutter on my holiday wish list. It is available online at JoAnns...I haven't checked the store yet...but a coupon would sure bring the cost down. Cutting fabric is not my favorite part of quilting, and I'd like something easy and accurate if it actually works. It appears to be similar to a paper cutter but with a Fiskars rotary blade to cut up to four strips of fabric at a time. If you have one, could you share:
    1. What you like about it.
    2. What you don't like about it.
    3. How large strips or blocks can you cut?
    3. Would you purchase it again if you had the chance?

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    I haven't used this, but I do have a paper cutter that is very similar. I have noticed that I have to concentrate on pressing down fairly hard for the entire length of the cut in order to be sure to cut entirely through paper. It's really annoying to have everything cut but an inch or two here and there!

    One thing to be aware of is that the fabric would have to be short enough so you can see the ruler markings at the top and bottom. If you are trying to cut strips from 42"-wide fabric, it probably means that you have to fold the fabric twice. I can't imagine this type of cutter working well with four layers of fabric; I have trouble sometimes with just one layer of paper.

    My preference would be to use my June Tailor Shape Cut or the Quarter Cut clear plastic mats with slot openings for cutting strips. The mat keeps the folded fabric flat and unmoving even when I am not actively cutting. With the strip cutter, you have to lift up the arm holding the rotary blade in order to move it to the next position.

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    I have one and use it a lot...it has a ruller that opens out and measures up to 12 inchs...it cuts through 4 layers with no problem....no strength needed. Blades last a long time and are easy to change I use mine to cut strips and blocks. frequently Joanns has a sale on all quilters cutters ...it was included in the 50% off sale for 25....This is my favorite tool for quilting. My pieces come out much more uniform.......

    Some walmart stores have the just fiskars brand....some say its better ...but was not able to find it :D

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    Thanks for both your answers. I'm going to keep thinking about it, but it's good to have a recommendation from someone who has used it. I just hate to invest in something I then find out is useless.

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    http://www.fiskars.com/images/AU/163793_24cqbig.jpg

    I have this thing, because it is 24 inches you can cut 44 inch fabric folded in half! I love it and wouldn't trade it for the world!

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    It would cut a lot bigger pieces than the Donna Dewberry cutter. How well does it do small pieces? I assume you find it accurate or you wouldn't like it. How many layers does it cut at a time?

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    I can cut about six layers of regular quilting fabric, less if the fabric is of heavier weight but generally about six layers.

    I find that it is VERY accurate, it has a strip of foamy, almost like weather stripping (the stuff you use around doors to keep the cold air out) that keeps your cutter/ruler from sliding on the fabric as you cut.

    The only thing that I have found that is hard to cut are pieces that are less than an inch wide IF you are trying to use the ruller attached to the cutter. HOWEVER, if you use the lines on your cutting mat to cut I have cut 3/4 inch pieces with no problem!!!


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    Thanks for the information. I'll have to price it also and take a look. I'm making my list and checking it twice...I've started asking for one or two specific things I want to avoid getting things I don't really want or need. (Last year I asked for a lemon zester and DH looked at a a dozen stores and finally resorted to ordering one online! I didn't think it would be that hard to find!)

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    If your walmart has a fabric dept. still they normally have them. and they are MUCH cheaper than you can get them online!

    If you don't have a store that has one and you don't find it for a decent price online, let me know I will get you the UPC number you can either call 1-800 walmart, and have it sent to your store, Or you can take that number to the craft dept. and tell them to get it for you! 99% od the time they do what they gotta do to get you what you want! lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I can cut about six layers of regular quilting fabric, less if the fabric is of heavier weight but generally about six layers.

    I find that it is VERY accurate, it has a strip of foamy, almost like weather stripping (the stuff you use around doors to keep the cold air out) that keeps your cutter/ruler from sliding on the fabric as you cut.

    The only thing that I have found that is hard to cut are pieces that are less than an inch wide
    DITTO - I have the Fiskars 24" fabric cutter and love it. I found mine on sale at WalMart for $15 on clearance. Saw the 12" cutter at JoAnn's for $49.99 but don't recommend the shorter one. Originally saw the 24" Fiskars at WalMart for $25 on clearance and told myself, "No, you don't need another gizmo", so I passed it up. The following week-end I went to a sewing retreat and one of the gals there had one and just raved about it and showed me how it works. She was cutting up a storm. It uses the standard 44mm blades (or is it 45mm?) and they are so easy to replace. I couldn't wait to get home and go to WalMart. Lo and behold, when I got there it was marked down even more. I bought 2 - one for myself and one for my sister. So glad I did.

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    Our WalMart dropped its fabric/craft department about 3 years ago when it built a new store, a real loss for sewers and crafters in our rural area. We have to go 35 miles to a larger city to get anything, and none of the Wally Worlds there have fabric either. I do work out of town and there is JoAnns and Hancock Fabrics in that town. Also a Hobby Lobby. No local quilt shops. So I resort to them or online. So thanks for the recommendations...I'll begin my hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    If your walmart has a fabric dept. still they normally have them. and they are MUCH cheaper than you can get them online!

    If you don't have a store that has one and you don't find it for a decent price online, let me know I will get you the UPC number you can either call 1-800 walmart, and have it sent to your store, Or you can take that number to the craft dept. and tell them to get it for you! 99% od the time they do what they gotta do to get you what you want! lol
    On second thought, why don't you go ahead and post the UPC for me and I'll see about that...it might be an easier option to hand my husband when he asks what I want this year! I'll price it several places, then I can give him a choice of ways to "find" it for me! Maybe we can see if our Walmart is customer-service oriented. Thanks for your help!

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    Well, I just did a quick online search. WalMart online no longer has the 24 inch Fiskars cutter. JoAnns no longer carries it. Hancock Fabrics does not have it. Amazon does not have it. I didn't see it anywhere else. I did turn up a few sites for the Donna Dewberry 12 inch Fiskars cutter I originally inquired about. Looks like the 24 inch is discontined. I did find one rave review about it from a quilter. I'll keep looking, but I don't think the 24 inch product is in my future, and definitely not at a bargain price! Maybe Donna's product...I'll see what I find.

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    If I could find the 24 inch for $15,would buy a second one...love the gadget :D I usually manage to cut my fingers with cutters ; not these :D

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    I called the walmart that I got mine from and the kid working didn't know what a rotary cutter was!!! SO the kids and I have to get out this afternoon I will check to see if the local walmart has one and get the numbers for ya!

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    OH CRAP!!! I've been watching this post and running all over to all my Walmarts that have fabric, and no one has them and the manager said they cannot get any more. He did not say they were discontinued, but when they stop buying them they remove them from their inventory. Not only that, he did confirm that all the 3 remaining Walmarts with fabric here will be shutting down after the 1st of the year. OH DOUBLE CRAP!!! I'm there at least twice a week, and I did see this cutter, but I thought it was another toy I did not need, and would not work. OH well, I still have my rotary cutter, better than scissors.

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    I searched the internet and found one website that said that not only were they out of stock but that the item had been discontinued by the manufacturer.

    Was at a Joann's today and found the Donna Dewberry 12" one. It is also made by Fiskars.

    From the pictures I found on the internet, the 24" one was kind of plain-looking and not particularly feminine; the Donna Dewberry 12" is pink with flowers on it.

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    Well, I read several online reveiws of the Fiskars 24-inch model and they were very positive -- said it was easy to use, helpful for people who had trouble with their hands holding a regular rotary cutter, and safer as the blade is not exposed. So I hunted down a used cutter on Ebay and asked DH to get it for Christmas. The bidding has gone up to $50 and I told him that was my limit for a used one. I then decided I'd check out the 12-inch Donna Dewberry model. While doing that, I found the original 24-inch model at Nancy's Notions. It's not cheap ($59), but I went ahead and ordered it. DH said no sense waiting until Christmas. (I also ordered a big fat quarter bargain bundle huge bundle as long as I was at it.) I also found the 24-inch model online at sewforless.com, but couldn't find it anywhere else. My second choice was to go for the Donna Dewberry model and use my Joann's coupon, which would make it half the price of what I paid, but I really like the idea of being able to cut up to 24 inches. Thanks to all of you for your input!

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    I need to share my story-I had heard about the DD cutter and wanted to see it. I took my coupon to Joann's and there was the cutter. I looked at and thought with my coupon my present to myself. Trying to find the price was getting difficult so I asked a clerk if she knew the price. She went off and returned to tell me but she said the cutter had been returned. We kept looking at it and it had been used. So, she offered it to me for 75% off-and I bought it! Works great for my stuff!!

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    Thanks Teacup!!! I have been searching for days for this, but I was putting in Fiskars fabric trimmer in the search engine and came up with nothing. I could just kick myself for not buying this at walmart when I saw it, and to make matters worse the sales girl said they reduced the last two to $10.00. :( . Oh well with your persistance you found one and my husband said to get it. SO YEAH!!! I have one comming thanks to you!!! : :D

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    I have the Fiskars cutter and it is the one tool I couldn't live without! My daughter has been using it also since she was 6 and I like that she can't cut herself with it. Our Wal-mart still has them and they are way cheaper than when I bought mine when they first came out. You will really like this cutter.

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    I found the Fiskars 6 by 24 cutter at widgetsupply.com for $40, much better price than Amazon so I ordered the blade changer as well. Final price for both was almost the price of the cutter on Amazon! Looking forward to much straighter cuts in less time.

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    Widget Supply has sold out of them!!!!! If anyone finds another source who has them for $40 please let me know. Thanks!

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    This item had been discontinued quite awhile ago but there was info on this board that it was being brought back by popular demand. Nancy's notions had it on sale recently for $39.00.

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    The DD one is very small for the cost. If I didn't have my fiskars one, I would buy the bigger one at Nancy's Notions.

    http://www.nancysnotions.com/product...uler+cutter.do

    edit-bamboozled!! This is a 4 yr old thread.
    Last edited by gale; 11-16-2013 at 10:25 AM.

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