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Thread: What brand of rotary cutter is really good?

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    I am in the market for a new one and I want one that is really good for cutting through several layers of cotton fabric. I'm looking for something at Joanne's since I have a 40% off coupon. What is a good brand?
    Thanks! :-)

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    My favorite is the OLFA with the self-retracting blade. You squeeze the handle to use it and when you let up on it or put it down, the blade automatically goes back. So if you drop it or leave it out no one gets cut. I have both the 45mm and 60 mm but use the 45mm the most. The blades also are pretty good, (unless you hit a pin, guess how I know?)

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    I just bought a memory keeper because the blades were so much less then Olfa or Fiscars or others. I have not used it yet but ....

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    I use a Martelli Ergonomic Rotary cutter and I love it. It is easier on the shoulders (which I have bad ones)

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    I really like the Martelli cutter, but I don't think JoAnn's carries it. The only other cutter I will use is the Olfa.

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    I use Fiskars or Olfa ergo, the ones with a curved handle. The Gingher is the best I've ever used but it's too good for double layers. I use it for multi layers.

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    Martelli is great for cuttin lots of layers!

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    Gingher here!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I use a Martelli Ergonomic Rotary cutter and I love it. It is easier on the shoulders (which I have bad ones)
    Oh, I want to get one of these!!! They've come down in price since being introduced and are about $15-$20 now. My girlfriend says it is wonderful with her arthritis, which is why I want to get one.

    I have an Olfa I use that is nice. It isn't the automatic retractable blade but I've gotten in the habit of closing my blade whenever I've finished making a cut. I just do it automatically and never even think about it.

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    I have and regularly use both the Gingher and the Olfa rotary cutters and like them both. I just use the one I happen to see on the table first.

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    You may want to look into a 60mm cutter for cutting through more layers. Also, ask them to open the package so you can feel it in your hand. I have fibro and arthritis, so if it doesn't feel good, it isn't going to work for me. :wink: They should feel right in your hand, not awkward. :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You may want to look into a 60mm cutter for cutting through more layers. Also, ask them to open the package so you can feel it in your hand. I have fibro and arthritis, so if it doesn't feel good, it isn't going to work for me. :wink: They should feel right in your hand, not awkward. :D:D:D
    Hey, me too! It's one reason I've been in here most of the day instead of sewing. I think someone snuck in and attached lead weights to my arms and legs while I slept last night and I can hardly move. The new Martelli Ergonomic Cutter is supposed to really be good for those of us with FMS and arthritis. It's something I am planning to get within the next 6 months and when I do I'll let you know if it really makes a difference or not.

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    I like Olfa - because I used their other types of utility knifes in my job before I started quilting. I also like the bright yellow plastic handle - it's easy to find on a messy quilting table! I buy non-Olfa brand replacement blades, though, as they are much cheaper.

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    I use an Olfa rotary cutter, size 45. It works great!

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    I use the Martelli and Olfa, like them both....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim's Gem
    I use a Martelli Ergonomic Rotary cutter and I love it. It is easier on the shoulders (which I have bad ones)
    That is my favorite, too. I've worn out one of them. They are really good and easy on your body.

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    I'm a huge fan of Gingher even though the blades are quite pricey...thank goodness for Joann's coupons and frequent sales on cutting supplies. The balance is good and the rolling mechanism is smooth. I've been getting much more mileage out of their blades so the extra cost is not as great as it might seem. Safety first is really an issue with all cutters so whatever brand you are most comfortable using will make it easier to stay safe.

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    I love my Olfa. It's just a regular one but I automatically retract the blade every time I cut. My dear kitty cats could get hurt if I don't. (They are always around when I get out my fabric. )

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    I use a Fiskers 45mm for just quick cuts. I was using Fiskars 65mm for the longest time when I had a few layers to cut but now I cannot find the blades for it.
    I have a Gingher (45mm) that I love, feels good in the hand..smooth...love it.
    I did not like the OLfa very much at all, felt flimsy to me.
    I also have gotten in the habit very early on to retract after making the cut to save on blade nicks.
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    I love my Olfa ergonomic cutter! I bought the cutter and lots of blades really cheap on eBay. I think it was about $18 including shipping for the cutter and about a dozen blades. Much cheaper than Joann's, even with a coupon.

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    The one I like best is the Martelli Ergonomic Cutter, it's easier on the hands/arms and I have better control on my cutting. I have the Gingher, Olfa & Fiskars in all sizes and I used then for different projects. You will need a larger one to cut several layers, a med size for up to 4 layers and a small one on curves. When cutting several layers, I find the fabric wants to move, so either iron it together before cutting or use temp. fabric spray. This will help. Also, get a fillet glove(for fish) at the sporting or hardware store. I have also seen them at some quilt shops under a different name. That will save stitches in your finger.

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    I used to use an Olfa 60 mm, especially if I'm standing and cutting many layers - the one with the squeeze handle which makes the blade come out and retracts as soon as you let go. But when I saw someone at my favorite quilt shop cutting with a Martelli, I knew I had to get one. Now I use that most of the time, especially when paper piecing, since I'm sitting then, it's easier on my arm. If you want to cut many layers, you just need to use a larger diameter blade, no matter what brand. I always wait to buy any rotary cutting tools when the store has them on sale or I use a coupon, then the cost isn't such a shock.

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    I love those Olfa's that have the retracting blade. I was always leaving my cutter "open". Never had a accident, but I knew one was waiting to happen. I have now invested in the retractable ones, using my discount coupon's from Joann's and I LOVE them and so do my worried quilting friends!

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    I have always used Fiskars. I have two and they are both this brand. Very happy.

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    I bought the Martelli spring 2009, - then in June developed carpal tunnel that progressed extremely quickly to being operable. Amazingly, I was still cutting with this right up to the night prior to surgery, - could not use any of my other brands, - could not use a knife to prepare meals, could not hold a pen to write. My husband made the comment that I needed to rotary cut my vegetables. Within 2 wks of surgery, I was again using my Martelli. I'm sure I'll be using others at some time in the future, but for now, I am so glad for that impulsive buy. I love it.

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