Welcome to the first installment of Best Kept Secrets, a running list of useful and often overlooked tools for creating.
- A tool generally used by quilters to cut fabric. It consists of a handle with a circular blade that rotates, thus the tool’s name.
- Rotary blades can be found in different sizes: usually smaller blades are used to cut around corners, while larger blades are used to cut to straight lines.
- Several layers of fabric can be cut simultaneously, making it easier to cut out patchwork pieces of the same shape and size than with regular scissors.
A few months ago, on a whim, I purchased a Fiskars rotary cutter from a sewing supply store in midtown Manhattan, took it home, read the instructions on the back of the packaging, and immediately started slicing through fabric. The tool (in combo with a mat and ruler) makes perfect cuts. It’s basically the textile version of a pizza cutter. I find it especially useful for cutting thin, slippery fabrics.
FYI, the Purl Bee has a great tutorial on rotary cutters.