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Thread: Scissors or rotary cutter?

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    Which one do you use to cut out the majority of your fabric?

    Scissors for me. I'm starting to learn how to cut with a rotary cutter, but have only used it for binding strips.

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    I only use scissors for minor trims. It's rotary all the way for me! Just think of yourself as a purist (O: Rotary cutters haven't been around too long in the history of quilting. Wonder if they quilted before scissors were invented?

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    Rotary cutter for me

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    Rotary cutter. I hardly use my big scissors any more.

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    Rotary cutter for most everything...I only use scissors if I have to.

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    Rotary Cutter. I only use scissors to trim or cut threads, and applique' on the rare occasion I do it.

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    I still have scissors. If I decide to invest in a rotary cutter, do I need to be concerned about the brand to get a certain quality?

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    rotary cutter. unless i must trace templates, like drunkard's path that need to be cut with scissors.

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    My sissors are mostly for cutting thread these days.

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    rotary cutter! I only use scissors to trim and for threads or for applique.

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    Mostly rotary for prep and squaring, scissors quite a bit also.... guess its a toss up.

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    rotary all the way....scissors to clip threads!!

    jodi in leavenworth

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    Rotary for me too!!! Scissors for only trimming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bj
    I only use scissors for minor trims. It's rotary all the way for me! Just think of yourself as a purist (O: Rotary cutters haven't been around too long in the history of quilting. Wonder if they quilted before scissors were invented?
    I think pieced quilts came after the invention of scissors. Whole cloth quilts may be older than scissors though. Scissors are about 3 to 4000 years old.

    I use the rotary cutter for cutting quilts. It's much more accurate to cut with a rotary cutter. When you cut with scissors the material being cut will gradually creep away from the blade towards the end of the cut.

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    Rotary cutter. My scissors are a teeny-tiny pair for snipping threads. I'm pretty new and have two rotary cutters, Olfa and Fiskars. Both work fine, but the Olfa seems to "feel" better to me.

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    Tool of choice: ergonomic handle, 45 mm blade [sharp] rotary cutter.

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    Rotary cutter except for snipping threads. My choice: 45mm blade, and I like the ones that automatically put the safety cover over the blade when you lay them down (they're yellow--don't remember the brand.) oh--and of course, I get my replacement blades from Harbor Freight tools, for about $1/ea! :D

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    Rotary cutting, it is more accurate for me.
    Scissors only for cutting out applique pieces :D:D:D

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    Definitely rotary cutter

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    I use a rotary cutter for square, rectangular, or triangular pieces. Everything else gets the scissor treatment. For those I use my Ginghers.

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    scissors for me...........I'm just an old fashioned girl!

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    Rotary for me.

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    I don't think I would piece quilt tops if I had to cut everything with scissors. Rotary all the way for me (I don't do much applique).

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    Definitely rotary cutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flour Sack Mama
    I still have scissors. If I decide to invest in a rotary cutter, do I need to be concerned about the brand to get a certain quality?

    I don't think so, it is a matter of preference. Some prefer fiskars, some prefer Olfa, many don't care. Just be aware your investment in a rotary cutter would need to include the self healing mat and clear rulers as well. The rotary cutter is not much use without these other two items. But they are soooo worth the investment. You get much straighter more accurate cuts for strips, squares, rectangles, etc. I also find it an invaluable tool for squaring up units and assembled blocks.

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