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Thread: Martelli cutter 45 or 60 and why?

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    Martelli cutter 45 or 60 and why?

    If you have one, which one and why? Would youbrather havevthe other one?

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    I have several of the 45s and 1 - 60. The 60 is for multiple layers of polar fleece, and the smaller ones are for cutting and trimming blocks.
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    I have the 45 mm cutter but don't use it. Guess I never bonded with it.

    For general cutting, I tend to grab the regular 60 mm cutter. I like the ones with retractable blade for safety purposes. Easy to close before putting it down on mat.

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    I've never tried a 60 cutter; 45 seems fine. Love my Martelli.
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    I bought the 45 to see if I liked it and I do. I have a 60 in the Olfa and I like that one too. I have several for different reasons and like them all. What in the world did we do before the invention of the rotary cutter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    What in the world did we do before the invention of the rotary cutter?
    It took me forever to master using a rotary cutter accurately, it seems, but now I wonder how I ever cut fabric for quilting without one. The blocks I make by drawing around a stencil and cut by hand just don't have the accuracy of those rotary-cut ones. I've looked at Martelli cutters but have yet to buy one, thinking I might have to learn to rotary cut all over again. Has anybody had that experience?

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    I'm getting a second 60 cutter. I do have a 45 and seldom use it. It seems that the 60 cuts faster!
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    I only use Fiskar 45 blades. Works for me.
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    MaryMo--yes, getting used to the Martelli did take me a bit of time. I would forget to roll it a bit to get the blade to open and then felt awkward closing it. But did get the hang of it and do like them.

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    I have both but mostly use the 45. This is because Martelli blades suck (for me) and it's harder to find 60mm other brand blades. I have lots of 45mm blades so I use that one instead. I only use the 60 if I have to use a thicker ruler (like my piping ruler thing).

    The only reason I have both is because I ordered the 45 and they sent me the 60 in error. I called to have it replaced and they talked me into keeping the 60mm at half price (big regret). I like this style of cutter but the blades are terrible.

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    I use the 60mm cutter for thick fabrics - fleece, flannels, denim, corduroy- I use the 45 for regular cottons, 2-4 layers. If I’m cutting more layers I grab my 60. So, for basic cutting regular quilting cottons the 45 is all you need, if you make flannel quilts or back quilts with fleece - Minky, etc the 60 might be needed. ( I have cut plenty of flannels and fleece with my 45, it’s just easier with a larger blade )
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    I have the 45 and use it for the biggest part of my cutting, just feel like I have a bit more control with it. Use my 60 for fleece, flannel and more than 6 layers. Only use Martelli and Olfa as they seem to last the longest on my Martelli board.
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    My quilting class teacher started many years ago cutting kits at Susie's. She "showed off" and cut the borders for all of us in the beginners class at once. Just stacked all of out fabric and used a 60. Borders for about a dozen quilts all in a couple of passes. I never cut enough layers at once to use a 60.

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    I purchased the 45 Martelli a fe months ago but it’s still in the package...? I guess I need to take it out and try it.
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    I have a 45 but still don’t use it. Learning curve

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    I have Olfa. I use the 45 for just about everything. The 60 comes out for trimming quilts after they are quilted. I was given it and happy to have one but would not buy one.

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    I use my 45 all of the time and occasionally use my 60 if I am going thru several layers of fabrics.

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