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    Quilters select or Martelli rotary cutter?

    I am trying to decide between the two. If you have either, please share likes and/or dislikes. If it matters, I am right handed.

    Thanks for for your Help!

    Marilyn

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    There is a learning curve to the Martelli cutters, but they are worth it. I use mine for long cutting sessions and don't get the fatigue that I do with the other cutters. It feels very natural in the hand. One thing to note is that they are not ambidextrous; you must buy a right or left cutter, but they are color coded. I have never used any of the QS products.

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    I have the Martelli and really like it. I didn't experience a big learning curve, maybe just a little one. But I also like my Olfas. Bottom line is I like what is within hands reach

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    I have never used the Martelli cutter. I have the QS one and I like it. It's weighted so not much pressure is needed for cutting. Here is a video about the cutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE2o1b5wXm0
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    I'm a Martelli fan all the way. I LOVE all my Martelli products. I found that the moment I picked up the cutter, it was perfect. I have problem holding the other cutters so they cut properly. The Martelli has a very natural feel for me.

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    I don't have a QS cutter but use only QS mats and ruler. I absolutely love them.
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    Thanks for the replies. Martelli is having a 50% off sale site wide July 4-8 and I need decide by then. You input has helped!

    Marilyn

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    I only use fiskar cutter,blades and scissors. They all work great for me.
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    FYI - Martelli will have a big 4th of July sale; most items will be 50% off July 4 - 8. You can make a wishlist on their website to be prepared, lol.

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    I tried the Martelli, yes there is a learning curve, but the little spring broke in mine within 2 months. I tried out the the QS at the quilt shop and fell in love. That cutter along with their ruler was like cutting through soft butter. I haven't tried the mat, but love the rulers. I will save up for the cutter, as it is a bit pricey.$60 I think she said.

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    The mat is very nice. The cutter glides on it. The only marks on it are from other cutters that you have to put pressure on to cut.
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    I too love Martelli products, but can not get adjusted to the cutter??? I have quite a few different cutters and I just use one until it is not making me happy and switch to a different one. I also have a Kai that I struggle getting the right angle to cut with!

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    I love my QS cutter. I use my left hand for trimming my fabric before I start cutting, but do most of my cutting with my right hand. I love that my QS cutter can be used with either hand without turning the blade. Makes life so simple. And I love the weight of the cutter. It is expensive, but well worth the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baywinds View Post
    I tried the Martelli, yes there is a learning curve, but the little spring broke in mine within 2 months. I tried out the the QS at the quilt shop and fell in love. That cutter along with their ruler was like cutting through soft butter. I haven't tried the mat, but love the rulers. I will save up for the cutter, as it is a bit pricey.$60 I think she said.
    Martelli is wonderful to work with, contact them and they will either repair or replace your broken cutter!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marjben View Post
    I am trying to decide between the two. If you have either, please share likes and/or dislikes. If it matters, I am right handed.

    Thanks for for your Help!

    Marilyn
    I have both...….as I LOVE the Quilters Select rulers! However, it is MARTELLI - hands-down that wins the rotary cutter challenge!! One absolutely DOES have to watch their videos and learn how to CORRECTLY use the cutter. The negative comments I have found have always been from individuals that are not using them or holding them correctly...……..Just my observation......Their blades are the sharpest as well...……….and BTW they have a 50% off sale that starts on WED 7-4-18...….includes rotary cutters and blades...everything except their Janome machines and longarms……….

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    I have both & like them. With the sale I would get the Martelli. If you get to a show or a quilt shop that has Quilters Select try it out there.

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    I was at the Reno quilt show last week. Women were bringing in old Martelli cutters and they were replaced for $12.50. As they improve their tool, they incourage you to replace it at gat I think was half price. This does have a new blade in it.
    Anyone with a busted cutter should contact them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marjben View Post
    I am trying to decide between the two. If you have either, please share likes and/or dislikes. If it matters, I am right handed.

    Thanks for for your Help!

    Marilyn

    I absolutely love my Martelli cutter. Wouldn't trade it for the world. I do have a QS ruler that I also am crazy about. It is definitely no slip. I have shown to quilters in the guild and the first thing they say is "Where did you get that? I want one!"
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    Love my Martelli cutters! I have the 45 and 60. If I could only get one it would be the 60. Let us know what you decide.
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    Martelli's sale started today. Will run all week.

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    I have used a 45 mm Martelli for about 7 years. I just recently bought a 60 mm for cutting thru 8 layers of fabric to make a One Block Wonder quilt. I had problems with my thumbs / wrists and tendonitis. Pushing down to cut thru many layers of fabric with a stick handle type of rotary cutter was painful for me. That's why I switched to Martelli's style of cutter. I didn't feel like it was difficult or took a long time to get used to using it. Martelli does have videos that show how to properly use their cutters, as well as how to take them apart to clean them and replace the blade. Watch those videos as they are very informative and helpful, especially for cleaning your cutter. They have improved the cutters over the years. My spring broke within the first year of use. I brought it back to the shop I'd bought it from and they contacted the company for me. I received a FREE new spring along with good instructions of how to replace it. Martelli stands behind their products. I have not used the QS rotary cutter.

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    I have both and it is a personal preference in my book. Quilters Select are great with the mats and rulers. Amazing in fact. The cutters are a little heavier so takes time to get used to. Martelli is odd shape and you change how you cut but I love this one too. They will replace any broken parts but you do need to buy their blades. Can you just try someones for awhile?

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    Martelli is having a 50% off sale via their online store. You might take a look if you are interested.

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    yesterday at a bee group a friend change the blade and could not get the screw back would not tighten, I tried and after a few turns I turned to the left and it tighten. We have also gone by right tighten left loosen, just funny

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