Rotary cutters…for most of us who sew (especially patchwork and quilting), this is one of the first tools we buy and there are lots of sorts, sizes and prices out there on the market so what makes a rotary cutter a good rotary cutter?
Well, you want something that is not too lightweight that you lose your grip when using it but equally so you want something that isn’t too heavy that it is cumbersome and tiring to use. You want something that is comfortable to hold through the repetitive action of measuring twice/cutting once. You want something which is durable and isn’t going to break or blunt after a handful of uses. You also want something that looks good! The Clover 45mm rotary cutter has all of these features and more!
It is a really good size (sturdy but not too solid) which sits perfectly in the hand thanks to the soft-cushion handle and the lever can lock into place to either keep the blade exposed or keep the blade covered (it is really nice to not have to continuously hold a button in to expose the blade).
If you’ve ever used Clover products before you’ll know their products are high quality, durable, reliable and incredibly well thought out. What I really like about this rotary cutter is the fact it comes with instructions (I never ever thought I’d be excited about rotary cutter instructions but here I am!)
Why do the instructions matter? Because this rotary cutter has several features which are incredibly clever but which I wouldn’t have known unless I was told (hence the instructions!)
Firstly, this rotary cutter is suitable for both right handed use and left handed use!
You don’t need to buy special left-handed rotary cutters because this one has you covered! You simply unscrew the cover, reverse it and re-screw the cover and it becomes a left-handed use rotary cutter! So simple yet also so clever.
I also really like that safety has been considered in relation to changing the blades. There is a protective holder on your rotary cutter (and with the rotary blade refills) so that you don’t have to hold the blade directly when changing over. Again, this is something that is simple yet incredibly clever for considering practicality and safety in the same process.
Changing rotary cutter blades is something we often don’t do frequently enough and it makes a massive difference to have a sharp blade when cutting fabric. The rotary cutter blade refills come in packs of 1 or 5 and I definitely recommend getting the 5 pack as it’ll make it much easier to refresh your blades regularly!
So, what makes a rotary cutter a good rotary cutter? The proof is in this post – the Clover rotary cutter is the definition of a good rotary cutter! Strong, reliable, durable, clever, comfortable, easy-to-use and it looks beautiful with your fabric! What more could you want?
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