Monday, March 25, 2013

My Favorite Things: Olfa 45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter

A while ago my sister told me about a "My Favorite Things" party she attended with some friends. Each person shares a favorite item in the price range of $5 - $7, and they each bring five of that item. Everyone swaps and goes home with five new things to try out. I thought the idea sounded really fun and decided to translate this into a blog feature this week. Throughout the week I will share a number of my favorite sewing items, both tools and fabrics, and why I love them. Make sure to come back here on Friday. I will be giving away many of these items at the end of the week with the help of some of my wonderful sponsors as well as a couple generous companies!


I have been through several rotary cutters since I started quilting. A couple wore out and a couple just didn't feel right in my hand. Almost two years ago I got this cutter and love it. It's still going strong. This is the Olfa 45mm Quick-Change Rotary Cutter.

I can use a rotary cutter equally well in both my right and left hands. This makes it super handy when cutting fabric for a project, but all my old rotary cutters were set up to be used in just one hand. This one has separate blade covers for the right and left side which means you can cut with either hand by just sliding down the correct blade cover. I take this to every Sewing Saturday our guild hosts because I don't like using any other rotary cutter. I realized I've become quite particular. It's definitely my favorite. When it wears out, I'll be buying another one. I'll write my name on that one as well, because I'm not about to lose it.

The kind people at Olfa donated one rotary cutter and a replacement blade for our giveaway on Friday! Details in a few days.

25 comments:

  1. I'll try to make it back here for the giveaway. Like you, I can comfortably use either hand. It's really convenient for twisters and fussy cutting and yardage too. I've stuck with my first Olfa cutter b/c it works for either, but thought I'd have to stick with their simplest design to have this feature.
    - Kim

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  2. I use the same rotory cutter and I love it. It feels 'right' in my hand!

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  3. Super cute idea for the week! :)

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  4. Rotary cutters have sure made cutting simpler, faster and WONDERFUL! I now even use one on my garment cutting.

    I think even rotary cutters have "evolved" making them safer.

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  5. Love my Olfa! Still using original.one from 1991. Well, it did go into hibernation from 2000-2012 when I wasn't quilting. :)

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  6. I love mine, too. And I'm so glad that you posted the tidbit about just sliding down one cover side - I was using mine wrong and taking down both. (And wondering how I could prevent nicking myself from time to time!)

    Thanks! :)

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  7. I have a couple of those...but in a different style...they are great. =)

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  8. I need a new rotary cutter and was looking for a different one - I just have a very basic one & the screw won't stay tight. I think this looks like a good alternative!

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  9. I'm glad you reviewed this. I've been thinking about trying it out :-)

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  10. I was the quilting instructor at my local JoAnn's for a while, and when someone signed up for the quilting 101 class, they got this one free. While it isn't my personal favorite, it is a really good one. I'm impressed that you can use yours in either hand! Not me. =)

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  11. I have used Olfa rotary cutters and mats ever since I started quilting 25 years ago! I like them the best. I've tried others when I quilt at a friends house, and they are not equal. I also feel that matching your Olfa rotary with a Olfa mat helps to keep your blade good a lot longer. My friend put a brand new blade in her Olfa but cut on a competitors mat, and the blade started skipping after the first few cuts.

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  13. I too cut with both hands so I can see how wonderful this tool would be. My beloved cutter is about 20 years old and I always hope I don't loose it. Now I know there is one to replace it.

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  14. There are times when I would like to cut with both hands and yet my cutter doesn't really allow for it. Did not know there was a cutter that worked both ways.

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  15. Very cool! I recently upgraded to an Olfa cutter, though mine is the 60mm one with a finger trigger to expose the blade. But it's not meant for ambidextrous cutting, so I could definitely use one of these too!

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  16. As a lefty, I also love this rotary cutter!

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  17. I didn't realize there was a cutter that could be used for both hands. Neat!
    I really love the idea of a my favorite things swap.

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  18. I have an Olfa rotary cutter, too. But not this one. I didn't know that there is something nice like this one. I only cut with the right hand and my version is okay. This one seems really comfortable for left and right hand using persons.

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  19. I'm ambidextrous too, so a cutter like this would really let me take advantage of that. I had no idea that such a thing existed. Thanks for the chance to win one.

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  20. How did I not know these existed?? Oh, how I've wished for a left-handed cutter when all I want to do is trim one side without having to lift, reposition my fabric for the umpteenth time… Must. Find.

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  21. That's so funny that you started this feature today! I just took some photos of my favorite sewing-related items when I was organizing my crafting area recently to do the same. :)

    I am ambidextrous when it comes to cutting, too. I'd might like that cutter since mine is designed to be used one way only.

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  22. Thank you so much, I am off to see if I can find one on AmazonUK, I am sure I can find one, the 2 I have are well, awful. Thanks again for sharing.

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  23. I haven't tried this Olfa cutter but have looked at it many times while at different fabric stores. I'm still using the Olfa I bought in 1984 and it's still going strong. They really do make wonderful tools.

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  24. After reading your bog and recently buying a "lemon" Olfa rotary cutter, I marched down to Jo Ann's armed with my coupons and bought one. It's like cutting butter with a blazing hot knife!. It was so good I had to keep checking that it was actually cutting. I waited too long with long "lemon". Thanks for the great advice.

    Jojo

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  25. I love this site!! First time visitor. I will come back and share! I love my 4 X 8" ruler. Couldn't work without it!

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