PRECISION IS THE NAME OF THE GAME FOR THE ROTARY CUTTER
How was one of our best quilting tools invented?
It’s no secret I have a scissor collection. Teeny tiny, knife edge, floral designs- I want them all. To be honest though they don’t get a ton of workout when I’m quilting.
My main squeeze when it comes to slicing up fabric is my beloved rotary cutter. Super sharp, it makes quick work of strips, squares, and curves. Precision is the name of the game for the rotary cutter.
Snap off blades for cutters were invented in 1956.
Yoshio Okada founded OLFA and originally invented snap off blades for cutters in 1956. The name of “OLFA” comes from two Japanese words, which, when translated, mean “to break a blade”. The OLFA® parallelogram logo is taken from the shape of a snap-off blade. He decided on a soft yellow color, similar to egg yolk, because it was associated with “safety” and “familiar” images.
The first rotary cutter was invented in 1979.
23 years later he invented the rotary cutter and it changed the quilting world forever. No more tracing cardboard cutouts and then cutting squares with scissors. Accuracy was assured and the strain on your hands and wrists was gone!
The best overall rotary cutter size for quilting:
I use my 60mm Deluxe Handle the most. It’s very comfortable and I like that I squeeze it to expose the blade. Then when I put it down the blade closes automatically. Safety first! A mere graze can really hurt from these sharp blades. The red button is a lock to keep it closed. Perfect for when you put it away or if you are taking to sewing night with your friends.
The best rotary cutter size for accurate cuts:
I use a smaller 18mm diameter rotary cutter to get super accurate cuts on curves, like the ones my Molehills quilt below features. The results are amazing!
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