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Notional Notions: Circle Cutter

January 11, 2012

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I am taking the Notional definition #3: indulging in or influenced by fancy. Fiskars' Circle Cutter is an indulgence in fancy but also a smart buy. I loved this from the first try. One of my biggest pet peeves is cutting circle and patterns that call for circle cutting. Why? Because it usually involves a random search all over one's house looking for any and all objects round that will create the size circle that is needed/called for. Plus, I can't cut circles out with my rotary cutter very well, somewhere around the hand switch I either bump the pattern object or I don't put enough pressure on the rotary cutter and all goes awry! These days are over and a new circle cutting era has dawned in my sewing studio- a glorious era of circles of all sizes (1in. to 8 in. that is) living in harmony with me.

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Eventually my eyes cleared of stars and I was able to get down to business and put this circle cutter through its paces.

  1. This cutter is designed for paper. Well, I say "pshaw" to that. You can use it to cut lightweight fabrics easily. Get yourself some freezer paper (I bought mine at Wal-Mart) and iron it, shiny side down onto your fabric. Now cut your circles out with the paper side up. Also keep some pressure on the paper/fabric with pattern weights. This will keep the paper/fabric from shifting when the cutter is moving.
  2. You can also cut lighter weight Home dec fabrics but you will need to press a little harder.
  3. This circle cutter does not cut felt. The felt is too thick and the blade is not long enough, plus the felt is loftier than a woven so when you press down on the gripper foot it raises the area around the blade making it difficult to cut. I was a bit disappointed by this but cutting circles from felt is not as bad as a woven for me.
  4. When you are choosing your circle size, line up the ruler with the center of the shaft. This will give you an accurate size (the instructions don't mention this).
  5. You can pop out a dull blade with the tip of a knitting needle or a turning tool. The slot is small so you can't use a finger and you might need more pressure than a seam ripper can give without breaking.
  6. Best on quilting cottons, shirting, apparel fabrics including bottom weight, lightweight Home dec (linen, light wovens, silks, drapery).

 

IMG_20120111_134148.jpgLining up ruler for 3 in. circle

 

 
 
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My failed attempt at cutting felt

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Thank you for getting me thinking today. I didn't understand what you were talking about with your opening remark. I did some research and it turns out you were talking about some pretty heady stuff! Thanks for making me smarter!

Meanwhile...

I asked for and received--from my son--a circle cutter. What I really meant to ask for was circle punches. Well, I received a cutter and was, frankly, disappointed. But now that I've read your article, I am thrilled at the possibilities. I understand what you mean about trolling the house for an appropriately-sized item. Now I don't have to because my son took me at my word! I'm glad he misunderstood. More accurately, I'm glad that I misspoke.

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