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    Quote Originally Posted by SandyQuilter View Post


    Just a reminder: Before rotary cutters there were scissors. I have a drawer full and keep buying them for specific tasks. When all else fails, try scissors!

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    I agree. How did our mothers & grandmothers ever make quilts? They didn't have rotary cutters, mats, die cutters, and they still managed to make us look like amateurs!

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    I would stick with my Fiskar 45...would make sure I got the titanium blades

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    I am replacing all my Fiskars with Olfas. I just like the grip better on the Olfa and I use the 60mm and the 45mm sizes (the 60 more often than the 45). I think it's all just a matter of personal preference.
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    I prefer the Olfas over the Fiskers. I like all the different sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusanSusan33 View Post
    Will I be able to cut through 4 layers of fabric with the 45 mm Olfa ergonomic blade?? Should I have ordered the 60mm one??
    You should easily be able to cut through that with a sharp blade - I do it all the time when I am cutting out strips because of how I fold my fabric, . You can, with some effort, cut through about 10 layers with a 45mm blade (and a 60mm isn't much easier), but I wouldn't suggest it if you are cutting out a lot... the repetition with that much force gets very tiring - it's much easier to make more cuts with less effort. It's more of a challenge to hold your ruler steady on a stack of 10 fabrics than to actually cut the material though.

    I have a variety of rotary cutters, but I usually use the 45mm when cutting out patterns and the 60mm when I'm just doing straight lines. Unless of course I can't find one or the other (they tend to get "lost" when I pack up a project if I include any tools) then I use whatever is available to me

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    I have Olfa's, Fiskar's and a Grace True Cut Rotary Cutter. I use my true cut one all the time, it is so much easier on my hands. I love it.

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    Martelli cutter. I can cut all day without discomfort in my wrist. I've worn one out and now downgraded that to use on paper. Replaced it with a new one. I had one of the first ones that came out and it lasted for years.

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    I have the Martelli cutters and Love them. I hurt my wrist and had to switch hands, as I can cut with both, so I now have the left and right hand cutters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeneK View Post
    I LOVE my Martelli! Thought it might take some getting used to, but it didn't. Mine is a 45 and I want to get a 60 also. All of the Martelli products are a bit pricey but my rotary cutter was worth every penny. I really, really want one of the Martelli cutting boards, but that will have to wait. Just can't justify in my budget right now.
    I have a bunch of different ones but I do like my Martelli45 a lot. The way you hold it you don't get ruler movement, which is good. I t makes you hold it up straight. My others I seem to want to hold it to the right side which pushes the ruler away from it. Hope that makes sense.lo
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    I have Olfa and Fiskers. I always seem to grab my Olfa. Blade is covered when you release handle. I notice most people in my guild use Olfa. I have all the different sizes and the wavy blade for cutting fleece but that just my opinion.

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    My dear husband surprised me at Christmas with a ton of Martelli rulers, the Martelli mat and the Martelli 45 rotary cutter. It took a little practice to learn to use the Martelli cutter but now I love it so much that he bought me the 60 and it is even easier to use. BUT...I got a HUGE lecture last weekend when he found the cutter on the table without the safety cover engaged. It's too easy for me to lay the cutter down and forget that it is there and as he said, would be very easy to seriously cut myself. That is the only problem that I have with the cutter and it's a user issue instead of a product issue. If you use one, remember to always engage the safety cover because it is so easy to lay the cutter down in a position that could really hurt someone. That being said, I LOVE my Martelli rotary cutters!

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    I have used the Fiskar, Olfa, and the Martelli rotary cutters. I love my Martelli. Comfortable and the blades last longer than the other brands. Also have the Martelli cutting mat. Have used it on my cutting table for four years and it looks like new! All the other mats I have had got scored, chipped, and brittle with daily use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarahspins View Post
    You should easily be able to cut through that with a sharp blade - I do it all the time when I am cutting out strips because of how I fold my fabric, . You can, with some effort, cut through about 10 layers with a 45mm blade (and a 60mm isn't much easier), but I wouldn't suggest it if you are cutting out a lot... the repetition with that much force gets very tiring - it's much easier to make more cuts with less effort. It's more of a challenge to hold your ruler steady on a stack of 10 fabrics than to actually cut the material though.
    Perfect. Thanks for the help. I doubt I will EVER try to cut through 10 layers but I may look into a 60mm in the future.

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    I have both fiskars and olfa cutters of different styles. I have also worked with a wide variety of other brands. The one I like best is the olfa 45 size ergonomic one that locks. The ones that you have to put pressure on to get the blade to come out and cut also wears my hands out. It feels like my hand is cutting the fabric not the blade. Some of the fiskars the blade looses up or pops off or the lock disengages. I have never had that problem with the olfa. Size wise 45 is what I usually use but as I get better at cutting stacks of fabric, I will most likely invest in a 60 size. Some people like the small ones for cutting curves and circles. But since I don't do that yet, I haven't purchased one.

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    I have a Martelli rotary cutter. It is the best I've ever had and helps my hands since I have problems with carpel tunnell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icul8rg8r View Post
    ...which brand rotary cutter would you get, and why? What's your favorite? Which size to you use most often?

    I have a very old Fiskars (45 I think) rotary cutter that I think I used for paper/scrapbooking. It's been working okay with a new blade, but now that I've invested in a nice rotary mat and Creative Grid & June Tailor (ShapeCut) rulers, I'd really like to invest in some nice rotary cutters, as well. Just haven't a CLUE what's best and which brands to stay away from.....

    Your suggestions & recommendations would be most appreciated! Thanks in advance.
    I have used several different brands over the years - and while OLFA is OK - my FAVORITE is the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutter - I make fewer errors, and my hands are less fatigued ( yes, I have both the left and right hand cutters and switch off when one hand gets tired.)

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    I found a really good buy on a red Singer rotary cutter. It's passable for a back up cutter. There was a reason it was cheap! Won't buy another, even on sale.

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    I have 3 Olfa's, a Martelli, a Gingher, and my newest is a Kai. By FAR the best is the Kai!

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    Thanks again for all of the suggestions! Didn't get a chance to try them out at my LQS so I hope they work with my ShapeCut Plus ruler!

    I ordered a Gingher (since I have many of their scissors/shears) and a Martelli - thought I'd give it a try since I have a bit of carpel tunnel and safety for my daughter. I used 50% off coupons at Joanns. By the way, Martelli's website has two discounts available - best one is 30% off for first time customers; the other is 20% in their monthly newsletter that I downloaded from their Facebook page.
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    I have a Martelli 45 and a Martelli 60. Yes, they were pricey but worth every cent because I can cut sitting down. Much easier on my back.
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