The rotary cutter - an indispensable tool for quilters.
There are many brands of rotary cutters on the market. I cannot stress enough the importance of buying a GOOD QUALITY rotary cutter. I was fortunate enough to purchase a excellent quality rotary cutter from day one - I'm not sure how that happened. I purchased it many years ago and I don't remember that purchase.
By the way - I still have that rotary cutter! What is it? It's an OLFA. Wait - you're going to be shocked in a moment. Oh god - who am I kidding. You won't be shocked - I'm just one of many crazy quilters after all.
So last night, I'm cutting and decided I needed to do something with my cutter. Yes - I don't change the blade often enough and well - it was time to put a new blade in the cutter.
Now here is the beauty of putting all LIKE supplies in one spot. I went to the drawer that holds blades and cutters.
|The rotary cutting supply drawer|
Hmmmm - there are a couple of other things in the drawer. Let's look at them first. AHA - glue supplies although I do have glue in my applique box as well.
There is another container. That would be filled with tape measures.
|Extra tape measures|
|Tape measures by the cutting table|
|Tape measures by the long arm|
|Tape measure in the "sew away from home" box|
Both of these containers are see through, so no need to put a label on them, although I was prepared to come upstairs to get the labeller!!!
|No labels required|
|This one already has a label - we'll see in that box in a minute|
I decided to lay out all the rotary cutters. Ooops - where did they all come from?
|Eleven rotary cutters - ooops - a tad obsessive behavior!!!!|
I bought this cutter many years ago because it had the safety mechanism on it. I hate it. Well HATE is strong a strong word. I like the original style better and so this one gets used for special cutting. A pinked edge and two other fancy cutting blades that were in the labelled box.
|Fancy blades for special cutting - rarely used|
|Two 28 MM cutters|
|Small rotary cutter is perfect for paper piecing|
|Currently stored in a bag with other tools/supplies|
|45 MM rotary cutters|
I'm always afraid of getting to work and not having a cutter with me, so I could leave ONE of the spare ones at work. I don't like the ones we have at work. Oh yes - I'm VERY picky about my rotary cutter.
I even found an extra case in the drawer.
|Extra rotary cutting case|
|Rotary cutter and case for work!|
You can see in the picture below that the hole in the one on the right hand side is much bigger than the one on the left. Yes - that hole wore out and the screw won't stay tight.
|The right hand one is worn out!|
|Guaranteed Forever - hmmmmmm..............|
OK - so things are shaping up - just the blades left to sort out. Yikes - look at all those blades.
|Rotary cutting blades!|
There is a small container that is marked USED, so I'm guessing the rest of these are brand new! OK - so I can afford to change that blade more often than once a year (or whatever ridiculous time frame I use). All I can say is that I don't change the blade often enough.
I even found a blade wrapped in a piece of paper. Does that mean it's new??? I'm guessing yes since there is a plastic case that is marked USED. Would it have killed me to write on this paper????
|Assuming this is a new blade|
|OLFA circle cutter|
And once everything was sorted, tidied up and squared away, I put everything back in the drawer.
|Drawer is all sorted out|
The fact that all supplies for these three items were in the same spot made cleaning up, finding, sorting, resorting a snap!!! It took me longer to edit the pictures than it did to sort through this drawer!!! That's the beauty of organization and now if I could just apply this skill to a few other areas - I'm actually not in bad shape with tools.
On that note, I have pictures edited for the rest of the week - well almost.
Nothing to do today!!! OK - who am I kidding!!! I don't have any commitments to anyone or anything (OK - Lexi wants to go to the dog park), but I have the entire day to just veg out - I mean cut and sew and cut and sew. I'll give you an update on that project later this week.
Have a super day!!!!!