Quilting Tools and Supplies

Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety and Maintenance

As part of our continued dedication to bringing you the best quilting content out there, we’re pleased to bring you this 12-part series from one of our sister sites, McCall’s Quilting. If you missed the prior posts in this series like Pressing Basics and Accurate 1/4″ Inch Seam Allowances, be sure to check them out!


Were you a quilter before the invention of the ubiquitous rotary cutter? Nowadays, it’s hard to imagine cutting out fabric for a quilt without one!

Whether you’re already familiar with this wonderfully handy quilting gadget, or are just about to explore its usefulness, you’ll learn lots of useful tips in our free video. For this Tuesday Tutorial, I am pleased to present another one of our free McCall’s Quilting University (MQU) video lessons, Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety, & Maintenance. Your host for this video lesson is Ellie Brown, art director for McCall’s Quilting.

You’ll learn:

  • How to make sure your first fabric cut is straight (no v-shaped strips!)
  • How to choose a rotary cutter
  • Important safety and cutting-comfort considerations
  • Why you need a ruler specially designed for use with a rotary cutter
  • How to tell when your blade needs replacement
  • Tips for dis-assembly, re-assembly, and safe used-blade disposal

Note: please click image to go directly to the video lesson.

1 Tuesday Tutorial: Rotary Cutting Basics, Safety, and Maintenance

After you watch the video, be sure to download the free PDF as a handy guide to keep near your cutting table—you’ll find the link on the video page.

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