Rotary Cutter – How to Clean
Rotary cutters come in all shapes and sizes and for every one out in the universe there goes along with it an opinion of how often the blades should be changes. Some say, every week, month, or three months. All of the sources come back to the same generalized blanket statement of “change your blade when it begins to skip threads”. You have just been empowered to do just so. Change those blades as you see fit.
Personally, I clean my rotary cutter more often than I change the blade. Yes ma’am, that’s right, I CLEAN the cutter. Sounds funny but it is TRUE. Sort of reminds me of cleaning the inside of my sewing machine. Think about it, our rotary cutters get a lot of abuse, are put under pressure, and are asked to go about 100 MPH (whew!!). Let’s start the day fresh with cleaning one of our most often tools and help it to do a few key things:
- Last a bit longer
- Run a bit smoother
- Be lint and fiber free
In the video below I’m going to show you a cool way of cleaning your rotary cutter and how to change the blade. Now, please keep in mind, each cutter will be slightly different so follow the manufactures instructions.
Here are a few “Good to know” general things:
- If you are purchasing your first rotary cutter EVER, I recommend you shop at a local quilt store where you can “test drive” a few and get the opinions of the professionals.
- Be sure to ALWAYS cut on a mat – depending on type of mat it could dull your blade.
- If you are skipping threads – change your blade – if it is still skipping – check your technique and be sure you are cutting with a firm and downward pressure.
- Treat yourself to buying in packs of 2-20. They can be expensive, so its best to buy in bulk and wait for a sale.
- Pay attention to the various sizes, they are not based on your hand size. They are for different thicknesses and material types. Below are the three most popular sizes:
Have fun watching the below video and picking up a few tips. Don’t forget to share with your friends!
Have a Creative day