Rotary Cutting Advice
- Always roll the rotary cutter away from your body and follow other rotary cutting safety guidelines.
- If you find it difficult to rotary cut long strips accurately, work with smaller pieces of fabric until you are accustomed to the technique.
- Cut strips along the lengthwise grain instead of the crosswise grain.
- Crisp fabrics are easier to rotary cut than limp fabrics. Stiffen fabrics by spritzing on a bit of spray sizing or starch, then press.
- Attach gripping tabs to the bottom of rotary rulers to help keep them from slipping on fabric. Many types of grippers are available commercially, including clear versions that won't obstruct your view of ruler lines.
- Some quilt patterns tell you to stack strips before rotary cutting shapes from them. The more strips you stack, the less accurate the resulting patches will be. Cut fewer layers at once for best accuracy.