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Thread: Question about Fabric Cutters

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    Has anyone used a Fabric Cutter? Do you have one you recommend and are they worth the money? Is a $200 cutter as good as a $600 cutter? Is there a real difference for a home quilter? Any recommendations would be appreciated.
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    I'm looking for the same thing. I just saw a Fiskar cutting system at Joann's, was wondering if it is any good. It was $59.00. Also found the website for the quiltcut2, I was also wondering about that one. I have RA in my hands & wrist I need something that will be easy on the hands......Michele

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    I plan on getting the Quiltcut2, because I seems to suit my needs. I don't need all those fancy shapes the Accuquilt system does.

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    The different systems out there for cutting are really different in how they approach it.

    The Accuquilt Go!, for example, uses dies to die cut the fabric; you need to turn a crank to run the die (with fabric and cutting mat on top) through the machine. The Studio version of this machine also uses dies, but it is much heavier, can cut more layers at a time, and requires a dedicated spot for it. (The Go! is lightweight and portable.)

    The QuiltCut system uses a ruler and rotary cutter. I have heard that it takes some dedicated space to leave it set up.

    I have an Accuquilt Go! and like it. I don't have difficulty cutting accurately with a rotary cutter and ruler, so I can't see how the QuiltCut would be of any additional benefit to me. I especially like the Go! for cutting triangles because it automatically lops off the corners for easy matching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emt2004
    I'm looking for the same thing. I just saw a Fiskar cutting system at Joann's, was wondering if it is any good. It was $59.00. Also found the website for the quiltcut2, I was also wondering about that one. I have RA in my hands & wrist I need something that will be easy on the hands......Michele
    Some people like it, but some people have complained about the amount of pressure that has to be applied in order to get a clean cut. I think the Fiskar system is safer to use than a regular rotary cutter (which makes it better for children), and some people find it easier to get straight cuts using it; however, I don't think it is any easier on the hands and wrist than regular rotary cutting.

    Have you looked at the Martelli rotary cutter? It is ergonomic and keeps the wrist in a neutral position, so it is easier on the hands. It does take some getting used to, but I personally like it a lot. The Accuquilt Go! might work for you also if a cranking action is something you can manage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    The different systems out there for cutting are really different in how they approach it.


    The QuiltCut system uses a ruler and rotary cutter. I have heard that it takes some dedicated space to leave it set up.
    When I get mine, my husband plans on adding a shelf under the cutting table to keep it. Something like a keyboard tray that doesn't move.

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    The Martelli rotary cutter really does make a difference & I highly recommend it in addition to the Alto QuiltCut system. The Alto QuiltCut holds your fabric steady while you use a rotary cutter to cut it. It has a built in ruler/measuring system and built in angles to lock your cutting bar into. It's hard to explain. I believe they have a video on their site that explains it much better than I can.

    I bought mine to cut up scraps into organized sizes.

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    Thanks you guys. You are really great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emt2004
    I'm looking for the same thing. I just saw a Fiskar cutting system at Joann's, was wondering if it is any good. It was $59.00. Also found the website for the quiltcut2, I was also wondering about that one. I have RA in my hands & wrist I need something that will be easy on the hands......Michele
    I bought that over a year ago and have yet to use.
    I just sit at my cutting table with rulers and/or templates and enjoy the cutting process

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