I was cutting out some fabric recently, becoming frustrated that my sharp new rotary cutter blade was struggling with the crepe. Then I thought, Why don’t I just use my shears? I’ve become so unthinking about using my (admittedly awesome) rotary blade for big pieces of cutting out that I sometimes forget my collection of scissors.
The pros and cons of a rotary blade?
You’ll need a cutting mat (the larger, the better) which is extra expense and will need storing when not in use. I bought mine a long time ago off eBay and keep it behind a side cupboard. You’ll also need replacement blades for your cutter – and to remember to buy them.
When cutting out, your fabric remains on the flat. You’re not lifting fabric to accommodate a blade on the underneath, which makes for much more accuracy. The blade can be like a knife through butter when it comes to long, straight cutting out. Can be. Depends on the fabric.
The pros and cons of a pair of shears?
More control over awkward details, a better slice through challenging fabrics and a satisfying ‘snipping’ sound! Can be used when laying fabric out on the floor and an easier initial investment for beginners. They’re best for notches and marking darts. And they look lovely.
Well, that’s just my opinion. Which side of the debate do you sit on? Rotary or scissors? And have I forgotten any pros or cons?