Tuesday Tips with Lindsey Rae - Rotary Cutters and Scissors
Updated: Apr 18
This week’s tip is all about what to use when cutting out your fabrics and as you can see, I have quite a collection of @ldh_scissors going. I was recently sent their newest Midnight Edition rotary cutter with Straight Handle and I am so in
love. Not only do my cutting tools all look super sexy hanging in a row, but they really are the best. I tried out their scissors for the first time when I went to Houston Quilt Market and completely freaked out. So I wanted to share with you what I look for in a good pair of shears and in a rotary cutter because having the right tools can really make a difference.
✂️ I like my dress maker shears to feel slightly heavy in the hand but not so heavy that it causes pain when I cut.
✂️ When cutting it should feel like you’re cutting butter. Smooth, no resistance, and effortless to use.
✂️ I like a 10” blade to give long fluid cuts. The bottom should be flat so that it rides along the table and you aren’t picking up the fabric too much as you cut. That leads to jagged edges.
✂️ A rotary cutter should fit nicely in the hand, easily switch to either right or left handed, and be light and nimble. Straight handles are my preference after years of cutting fabric working in shops.
The blade should be able to easily cut through multiple layers when cutting out any garment.
✂️I prefer my rotary cutter when I’m cutting rayon or knit fabrics. It keeps the edges straight and prevents me from picking up and pulling the fabric.
Hope these tips help you and keep your questions coming! Tuesday’s are my favorite!