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    Question So this looks very interesting if a bit expensive...

    An auto sharpening rotary cutter that is motorized. It says it will cut fabric up to an inch in depth...I wonder how this would do with strip piecing...http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...ign=newsletter

    no reviews on the site but has any one bought this and if so how does it relate to quilting?
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    Looks like it might be handy for cutting strips for instance, but way out of my budget...
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    And I thought $70 bucks for the Gingher rotary cutter was expensive! I'd definitely have to see a demo before I'd spring for that one!

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    I'd definitely have to see a video on how it works.
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    This looks like the cutting equipment used in a sewing factory. I wouldn't want to use it in a home setting. Anyway one miss cut and you have 100 mistakes all at once. LOL
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    Can't figure out how it works, but think that BellaBoo is right, one slip and you've ruined a lot of fabric.

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    Did you see that it weighs 6 lbs!!! That's quite hefty. I imagine it is for industrial use.


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    I was in a quilt shop in Tennessee a couple of months ago and they used one similiar to this to cut yardage. The owner said she got it at a trade show a few years back and it cost about $300. She said that they had figured out the cost of the mats and rotary blades they were going thru doing it the old way with a rotary cutter and that they have actually saved money by buying it. It was snazzy to see it in operation!
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    My problem would be how to keep it straight? It's like an new and improved version of the old electric scissors.
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    I can see it being beneficial for cutting yardage, or for kits, but not for any closely measured cuts. It looks to me like the fabric must go between the bottom plate and the blade. I don't see how you could use a ruler or template. I would have loved that, though, when I worked in a fabric store when I was a teen!

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    This is an industrial cutter. They use them where I work and we cut many thousands of yards of fabric every year. They do go through about ten to twelve layers at one time. It also takes a lot of training and a very sturdy table. I do not work in a quilt shop.
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    It looks like it would work. but it is made in China ,thats a nono . joyce j

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    Besides the made in China issue (buy American-made!!) it looks dangerous to me. I have done enough damage to my hands with rotary cutter mishaps - I'd probably be missing an entire finger with this.....
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    How many finger tips would that little thing take off! Rotary cutter is good for me! Also love my accuquilt go
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    For that price it should do the dishes!!

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    and clean the toilet

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    It looks so dangerous, and one slip with it might be costly!
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    Three issues come to mind--how to stabilize the fabric being cut, how hard is it to see where you are cutting? and can you turn corners? This gadget reminds me of a circular saw; great for straight cuts. Period. The factory where I worked once upon a time had cutters that worked like suspended bandsaws which maneuvered handily. Dharma has another cutter a bit like that. I don't think either suited to casual home use.

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    I think you'd have to make a lot of garments to help pay for the garment cutter.

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    For most of us quilters, wouldn't it just take the joy out of rotary cutting by hand your own quilt or someone you care for's quilt? I like to savor every moment I work on a quilt. This, to me, seems really commercial and not totally personal. Just my thought! Edie
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    I bought the singer one for 70 dollars...It is garbage..took it back!
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    But it weighs 6 lbs!!!! I wouldn't want to be picking that up with my arthritic hands, very often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellen46 View Post
    An auto sharpening rotary cutter that is motorized. It says it will cut fabric up to an inch in depth...I wonder how this would do with strip piecing...http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/en...ign=newsletter

    no reviews on the site but has any one bought this and if so how does it relate to quilting?
    This is a commercial cutter - used by clothing manufacturers to cut out patterns. Basically the same as a rotary cutter but too heavy and expensive for home use. A shop could probably justify the cost if they cut their own jelly rolls.

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    I had one of these several years ago I paid $125.00 for it and I loved it but at the time I was making denim purse out of really heavy denim and I could cut 8-10 layers of denim at a time. Since I retired from that, I use the Black and Decker electric cutter for cutting my fabric cost around 20 dollars and they work great. Harbor freight even has them on sale this month not the B&B brand and they are cordless. I gonna get me one of those.

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    Initial acquisition price is high for some of us but in the end I think it would pay for itself quickly in money saved on rotary blades. Not when compared to the tool-store blades but certainly if you buy from Jo-Ann, even at half-price. I
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