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An introduction to Rotary Cutting Patchwork equipment

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Workshop notes

Three main bits of kit: rotary cutter, rotary ruler, and rotary mat.

Rotary cutters:

Three different sizes;
Small – 28mm blade; medium 45mm blade; jumbo 60mm blade
All do the same job, its just a matter of personal choice.
New curved handle cutters default to closed and many find them easier to hold.

Rulers:

Two main suppliers
Omnigrid rulers are clear with yellow lines – marked in 0” in sections of 1”
Creative Grids is a UK manufacturer and their rulers are clear with black lines, white non-slip patches, and are marked both from 0” and from ½”.
Both rulers are marked in 1/8th”.

Mats :

come again in various sizes – again this is personal choice but they really need to be coupled with the size of ruler you have chosen to get the most from your tools.

NOTE: there are lots of different sizes of rulers, including square, triangular and rulers designed for specific purposes; more information will be available from quilting specialist shops.

Basic Patchwork Skill

Rotary cutting has revolutionised patchwork because it enables the patchworker to cut multiple pieces of fabric, quickly, easily and more importantly accurately. The reason for this is that the rotary cutter,, a blade on a stick, cuts down through the fabric rather than lifting the fabric, which is what scissors do.

Accurate cut pieces mean accurate patchwork - and its the sewing that's the fun bit - we all like to get to that as fast as we can.

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