How To Use A Rotary Cutter
The dilemma is real if you sew a lot. Do you use a pair of scissors, or do you use a standard rotary cutter? There are perks to both, as well as drawbacks. You should read up on them all and then decide on which you prefer. This is meant to help a newbie to the sewing game out when it comes to choosing the tools that they will start their hobby or trade with, but it is also good for any experienced people to make the choice whether or not to have a rotary cutter in their toolkits as well.
There are two type of straight up classic cutting implements: scissors and shears. Shears are like the equivalent of industrial fabric cutters because they are meant for cutting out large strips of cloth, not for the more complex designs. Scissors usually have equal sized holes which can fit a single finger in each, whereas one of the holes in the handle of a pair of shears is elongated and can accommodate two or three fingers. This allows for a lot more power to be applied while cutting, and allow for the cuts that are made to be cleaner and more stable. They come in large sizes of about 8 inches, whereas scissors are smaller and far more delicate, perfect for snipping threads in tight places.
Unlike industrial fabric cutters, rotary cutters are intended for personal use, and are a scaled down, manual version. They are easy to use, and are best suited for cutting cloth into strips with long, straight cuts. This makes them perfect for hems and curtains. A rotary cutter is often sharp and versatile enough to cut through multiple layers of cloth in a single motion, allowing for more efficient sewing operations to be carried out. In addition to this, it is simply dragged along the cloth, requiring a lot less effort. Rotary cutters are therefore perfect for those people who have a condition like arthritis and other bone problems, because it doesn’t require a lot of work to be done by the fingers and the joints.
Always make sure that you are keeping yourself as safe as you can be when using these tools. They are all sharp and are perfectly capable of cutting you and laying you open to the bone. Try to exercise caution and never rush through a cutting operation, no matter how much of an expert you seem to think that you are.