I'm so excited to be part of Chris's Sewing 101! I'm Lynette, from Get Your Craft On! I don't know if I'm qualified to share tips, but I do love to sew and have learned many things in the 5 years I've been doing it. One of the very first things I learned was how to cut fabric with a Rotary Cutter. This is something I do all the time! It is essential for quilting, but is also super helpful with sewing craft projects and even clothing. Here are a few basics about cutting fabric with a rotary cutter.
First you need all of your supplies. You will need a cutting mat (most are self healing), a ruler and a rotary cutter. You can buy these supplies at Walmart, Michaels, Joann Fabrics, etc. I bought all of mine at Walmart several years ago. Mats come in all sizes, but it is nice to have one that is at least 23" or more tall, so when fabric is folded with selvages together it will completely fit on the mat. My mat is 23" square and I really like it. There are also several sizes of rulers, but again one that will reach the whole height of the fabric is best. Mine is 5" x 24" long and also has a lip on the bottom which fits snug against the bottom of my mat to help me stabilize it when cutting. You will also need a rotary cutter. Mine is 45mm, but they come in a variety of sizes and styles.
Basic Fabric Cutting:
Fold fabric in half lengthwise with selvage edges meeting at the top. Iron fabric so any wrinkles won't interfere with your cutting.
Smooth out any wrinkles in fabric, so it lays flat on board with folded edge lined up with bottom line on mat.
Hold the ruler down firmly with your hand while the other hand cuts the fabric. You may have to inch your hand up carefully to support the ruler as you cut. Make sure the ruler does not move away from where you have carefully lined it up!
You can also use the mat and rotary cutter to free hand cut around patterns. Make sure to stabilize your pattern and fabric with some weights, then free hand cut around the pattern with your rotary cutter.
I hope these little tips help! Rotary cutters are great and can be soo helpful for sewing and are essential for quilting! I use mine all the time!!
Thanks for having me Chris...feel free to come by my place any time to say hello!
Thanks so much, Lynette! I LOVE my rotary cutter, and find I use it with almost every sewing project. I never realized I could use it to cut around curves...I'm so excited.