After you have been hooking projects for a while, many of you are tired of using scissors or the cutting mat and rotary cutter, after all “I just want to hook – not cut!”
If you are faced with this frustration and tempted to buy a fabric cutter (also called a fabric/wool splitter) from one of the overseas, online shops you are confronted with the obvious drawbacks about the cost (international shipping alone is very expensive for an already expensive machine) and how to decide “which one” you want to buy (particularly since parts and maintenance must also come from overseas).
I have noticed – but hadn’t found anyone who used one until recently – that there is a fabric cutting machine made by Simplicity for sewers/quilters and it is available in Australia from places like Spotlight, Lincraft and online.
According to the Simplicity information, the machine:
Cuts fabric, paper, canvas, and more by pressure
Adjustable guide for cutting strips from 3/8″ to 2 1/4″
Lightweight for easy portability
Blades will last longer than traditional rotary blades
Eases the strain on wrists, especially when you have 100’s of strips to cut (such as cutting strips for rug hooking
Ships with straight blade and pinking blade
Here is a YouTube video of what this machine looks like and how it works.
The promotion says that it will cut “canvas” but I don’t know what that means….I wouldn’t be surprised if it would cut lightweight wool but I don’t know about heavy blankets. It might be worth checking on if you want a cutting machine for your projects.
As with anything that requires blades, I suggest you order a quanity of them when you buy your machine because these machines probably don’t have long-lived blades.
I hope this helps!