Cutter-And-Ruler Combo Is Safe And Easy
|November 5, 2001||in Product Reviews|
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but every product that Fiskars has introduced for the home sewer has been innovative. Instead of making another “me too” product, Fiskars finds a way to improve on any product it introduces. Its 24-inch Craft & Quilting Cutter is no exception.
Fiskars took its 24-inch acrylic ruler with the orange and black lines and added a rotary cutter on a rail to make an all-in-one cutting product. To cut, I just press down on the combination blade cover and hand grip and slide it the length of the ruler.
When I first saw this cutter at Wal-Mart, it stopped me in my tracks. I was amazed that no one had thought of that before.
Safe And Convenient
Since I routinely manage to misplace my rotary cutter even while using it, I like the idea of the cutter being attached to a large ruler. It is much easier for me to keep track of it.
And when using the rotary cutter, I don’t always remember to retract my blade. But the Craft & Quilting Cutter is so much safer with its auto-retractable blade. Now I don’t have to worry about accidentally bumping against an open blade.
The way you place your hands on the ruler — behind the rail that the blade rides on — the rail acts as a built-in hand guard. It would be awkward to use this ruler in such a way that you could cut yourself.
Better For Injured Quilters
The first thing I did when I got my new Craft & Quilting Cutter was to take it to my friend Marie’s house. Marie had hurt her shoulder and had been unable to use her rotary cutter ever since. Marie’s shoulder would hurt after cutting only one strip.
Since the Craft & Quilting Cutter uses a different motion, I wondered if Marie could use this rotary cutter without the pain.
Marie cut several strips of fabric without any discomfort in her shoulder. She was amazed! Now she could go back to quilting again.
Next, I compared the new cutter to using a separate ruler and rotary cutter. I found that I could cut up to six layers of fabric with the Craft & Quilting Cutter. But I would probably limit the layers to four because of the pressure I needed to apply for more layers. If I have to cut six layers, I’ll use my regular cutter.
Cut In Either Direction
The blade will cut in either direction so I can use it with either my left or right hand. And it easily slides to either end of the ruler without cutting so I can position the blade properly to begin my next cut.
I normally cut by moving my hand away from my body, and I had great success with this motion on the Craft & Quilting Cutter.
But I didn’t do well trying to cut by moving my hand toward my body — it always took a couple of passes to get a clean cut. I suspect it is because I couldn’t apply pressure steadily enough to get a good cut using the backward motion.
Cutting From A Wheelchair
Since I’ve broken my leg, I decided to try the Craft & Quilting Cutter from my wheelchair. I found I could use it as well sitting as standing, as long as I could reach the other edge of the fabric. I have relatively short arms, so I couldn’t cut the full 24-inch span of the cutter. But I could do up to 18 inches quite nicely sitting down.
I really like the Craft & Quilting Cutter for cutting strips from 1-1/2 inches to 6-1/2 inches. It will cut a strip as small as 1-1/4 inch, but a strip that narrow is so close to disappearing under the track that it’s hard to be sure you’re getting an accurate measurement.
The only drawback of this ruler is that it is heavier than other rulers this size because of the cutter and track assembly. Its size and weight makes it a little awkward to use for sub-cutting small pieces from strips. But on the flip side, the extra weight helps keep the ruler steady when making long cuts, so my strips come out straighter.
The Craft & Quilting Cutter uses the same blades other Fiskars cutters use, including the specialty blades. This means you can use it for crafts and paper projects, too. And it uses the same easy-to-change system as the regular rotary cutters.
If I could make one change to this product, I would make the 1/2-inch line between every inch mark black instead of orange so that it would be easier to read. But even without this feature, Fiskars has another winning idea in this great cutter.
Where To Buy: Craft & Quilting Cutter
November 7, 2001
Aria R. writes:
I have had my Fiskars Craft and Quilting Cutter for about a year and a half. I love it! It speeds up the cutting. It is one quilting item I don’t want to do without. I highly recommend it to everyone.
November 10, 2001
Betty C. writes:
I agree that the Fiskars Craft & Quilting Cutter is one great tool. I find I buy quilt things and never learn to use them, but this one is so simple and safe that I have no trouble using it.
November 12, 2001
A Quilter’s Review reader writes:
I would like the Fiskars cutter if I could afford to purchase it. $60 is too steep for a cutter. I will just do without this product.
November 12, 2001
Pat H. writes:
I have the Fiskar cutter and love it. My strips are exact and I don’t seem to slip with it. Accuracy is good. It also lets me cut several layers.
I have had mine a couple of years, but was so surprised to see it at our local Walmart for $29. That was a great price. I believe I paid something like $49 a couple of years ago. I would not want to be without it and it is worth the $49.
November 16, 2001
Barbara D. writes:
If you consider the price of a cutter and a ruler separately, it almost comes out even with the price of the Fiskars cutter. Especially if you consider that there is no way to nick the blade on the ruler, ruining both blade and ruler!
It also takes a lot of wear and tear off your body as your entire arm makes the forward motion, not just your wrist. Also, if you aren’t gripping a cutter, you don’t fatigue as quickly.
November 19, 2001
Kimberly W. writes:
I have had my Craft & Quilting Cutter from Fiskars for over a year. I paid almost $70 for it and it was well worth the money saved in fabric that was cut correctly instead of warped!
I was so impressed with this product that I bought a second one – only because my son cracked the acrylic part of the ruler when I wasn’t looking – from Wal-Mart for $30. I kept the other one for paper projects.
November 27, 2001
Denise W. writes:
I love my Fiskars Craft and Quilting Cutter!
Actually, it is my mom’s, but she may never see it again! She won it in a drawing and let me use it since I quilt.
I love the ease of cutting and how fast it is to cut out a quilt. Yes, it is a bit heavier, but that helps to hold everything in place.
I love to use it since I have a two-year-old that tries to help me cut. There is no way for her to get her fingers in the way. Now I can cut without waiting for naptime.
Fiskars made a wonderful product. I would have no qualms about going to Walmart to get my own if my mom ever figures out how wonderful hers is and wants it back!