Cutting Board

In order to use a rotary cutter properly, you need to have a self-healing cutting mat. See cutting mat . An example of a cutting board for fabric is shown below. This board measures 11 inches by 17 inches and is quite popular among quilters. A larger board is nice (and more expensive!). Cutting long… Continue reading Cutting Board

Cutting Lines

The cutting lines are marked with dashed lines.

    Often a pattern piece will have the sewing lines marked along with the cutting lines.  There is no industry standard for the markings.  On the above pattern, the dashed lines are the cutting lines.  The sewing lines are the solid lines. Always make sure you know the difference before you start cutting!

Cutting Mat

A cutting mat must be used with your rotary cutter. Cutting mats are available in a number of sizes from key chain size (used as a decoration) all the way to table-size mats. Most mats come with an inch grid silkscreened over the top. These mats are ‘self-healing’ meaning that after you cut on the… Continue reading Cutting Mat