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    What are the pros and cons of this cutting device

    #2
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    I'm with you - I am awaiting the answer to this question. I keep telling myself I want one, but then look at the expense and think that a rotary cutter will do the same job -- just take a bit longer and may not be as accurate. I've spent enough money on fabric, templates, and patterns to have bought one. I wonder whether or not the dies will last . . . guess I need to go see a demo somewhere.

    Answer up, all you wonderful people who have one.
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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      #3
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      I don't have one but had the chance to use one at a local shop. I wanted to see if it would be worth it for me, to save wear and tear on my hands(carpel tunnel and tendonitis). It was easier on my hands but my shoulder was so sore for days afterward. I don't know if I would buy one, but the since the shop owner does rent hers out by the day i might do that. My plan is to get my DDs to go in with me and make a day of it cutting fabric(they can do the cranking and I'll sort the fabric). I think for those that use small pieces in their quilts or a lot of rag quilts it would probably be a good purchase.
      “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, is and remains immortal.”

      ― Albert Pine

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        #4
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        There have already been a couple threads on this topic, perhaps try doing a search, but in the mean time this is it in a nutshell. Firstly let me say I do not have one, and I have been tempted, particularly for the very common shapes. I do have a friend who has one so have seen it used first hand, I have 'played' with one.
        • After the innitial outlay for the unit you need to spend lots on buying the dies to cut the various shapes, the unit only comes with a couple basic ones.
        • The dies do blunten so the blades will need replacing.
        • For the most efficient cutting action on the blades the fabric shapes are cut off square, therefore all your shapes end up cut on the bias. For me this is a quilters nightmare.
        • There is a lot of waste with many of the shapes as they are cut individually with space between and there is an outside area so the cutters can work properly.

        PS they are quite hard on hands and shoulders with the turning of the 'crank' handle to push them through.

        On the bright side:
        • You can cut quite complex shapes accurately.
        • They can save you a lot of time in cutting multiple pieces the same shape.


        Personally, unless you are making a lot of quilts using the same shape often, I'm not sure it is worth it. I think there is good potential for shops preparing ready cut kits and the like but I would not be buying one, it is a large outlay for something I can do with my rotary cutter, less money for fabric.
        There may be some benefit for people who for some reason can't use a rotary cutter but you still have to be able to manually operate the AccuQuilt.

        Sorry if that sounds rather negative on the whole, I'm sure there are people for whom it would be a Godsend, but not me...not yet.
        Lynn

        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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          #5
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          Lynn, I think you presented a wonderful pro and con choice for anyone interested. I do know that you helped steer me the way I was leaning - and I can't think of any reason to justify one for myself. There are so many precuts available on the market and I just can't see myself making a hundred or more quilts in my lifetime.

          Why do all of us so often forget about searching?
          Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
          it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

          "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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            #6
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            I would really like one, but the expense is a lot. The GO BABY Accquilt cutter is smaller and more affordable, but how long will it last?

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              #7
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              I haven't bought one either but I entered a few competitions to win one. From the reviews I've seen online they all seem to agree with Lynn; the dies for making complicated shapes may be useful but they don't cut the fabric in the most efficient way which means lots of wastage - or lots of scraps to be used in other projects!
              Quilting through the dull times
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                #8
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                I tried one and there was a lot of waste - but like jrchapman said there would be fabric for new projects!

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                  #9
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                  I have also read where the handle breaks off easily.. there were several posts on another group I belong to about having it come off while cranking...
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                    #10
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                    I have been reading about a new cutter that should be coming out in the next few weeks. It's called the "Slice Fabrique Cutter" and it looks like it may be good especially if you do applique. I compared both and I think this new one might work better for me and the applications that you buy seem to have alot more choices than the Accuquilt.

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                      #11
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                      I have one. I bought it because my rotary cutting never seemed accurate. It always seemed to be off to me and would frustrate me.

                      I received 1 dye with it. It has 2 basic squares and triangles. I've found a way to minimize waste on fabric, but there is waste. I was impressed with the idea that you could just roll it out and my granmother thinks it is amazing. But it isn't without faults. The blades do get dull and won't cut accurately. You can only put so many layers of fabric down and hope for a successful cut.

                      If my rotary cutting were better I would have never bought one. I like mine, but I don't know if I would purchase one again. It does make for cutting pieces quick and accurate. But I wouldn't say that justifies the expense. I'll keep mine and use it, but I would put it as a middle of the road kind of item.

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                        #12
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                        Originally posted by ckmama View Post
                        I bought it because my rotary cutting never seemed accurate. It always seemed to be off to me and would frustrate me.
                        If my rotary cutting were better I would have never bought one.
                        Ckmama, I don't wish to sound rude or anything like that but have you ever had the benefit of being taught how to use a rotary cutter properly? It seems like a silly question but there is a right and wrong way to use them and I am continually amazed at how many ladies come to my classes or workshops that have never been showed the correct way to use a cutter and ruler. It may explain why you have had problems getting it to cut accurately. Other problems I have seen are blunt blades, they do need changing, you'll be astounded at how nice it cuts with a new blade, the nut on the back being too tight/loose and a build up of lint under the blade, this one isn't a problem if blades are changed at reasonable intervals.

                        I'm sorry if that seems hmm, I don't know...but, well maintained cutters and knowing the right way to use them, make the rotary cutter the best tool we as quilters have ever had.
                        Lynn

                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain" Anonymous.

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