Do you use scissors or a rotary cutter for sewing projects in your home? Many people, especially those who don’t sew frequently, just use scissors when sewing; however, you may want to consider switching. Check out these pros and cons to decide if scissors are the right tool for you.
Scissors are extremely versatile and can be used for anything from cutting fabric and trimming threads to cutting out sewing patterns. You can use them for essentially anything and they can be used anywhere, even in your lap. Do keep in mind that they may not always be 100% accurate, as it can be difficult to cut a perfectly straight line. It can also be a slow process.
Rotary cutters are designed for cutting straight lines and can be quick and easy to use. Rotary cutters allow you to cut several layers of fabric accurately at one time. However, you need to keep in mind that you can’t just use them anywhere like scissors. You will need not only the rotary cutter, but also a cutting mat and ruler. The blades will eventually become dull and, unlike scissors that can be sharpened, the rotary cutter will require replacement blades. It’s also easy to go past your mark, if you’re trying to stop at a particular point.
I would not recommend rotary cutters for a variety of uses; however, they are a great option for anyone who is cutting fabric stripes for quilting, pillow or curtains. If you are just creating garments, a high quality pair of fabric shears is likely the best option for you.