Simplicity Rotary Cutter Machine
I first came across the Machine at my local sewing group and liked the concept of a cutting machine to cut strips. If you upcycle fabric then it should be a more cost-effective way of using fabric for quilts than buying jelly rolls.
Functions and Features
- It will cut paper and fabric from ⅜” to 2-¾.”
- Fabric can be cut on the straight of grain or on the bias.
- Portable, with storage case and handle.
- Adjustable guide.
- Neat size for storage.
- Long lasting forged steel blades due to the pressure action between blade and drum.
- Included are blades for pinking and straight cutting are included. You can purchase other blades as optional accessories:
- large wave blade
- small wave blade
- deckle blade
- perforating blade
- scallop blade
How does it work?
It’s a simple action, almost like using a sewing machine where you use a foot pedal to operate and your hands to guide the fabric through the machine.
If you watch this video by Simplicity you’ll see what I mean.
With the Simplicity Rotary Cutter, it’s important to read the directions properly. It can be quite fiddly to get the blade set up for cutting fabric and it takes practise to get it right. To increase the cutting tension the screw needs to be tightened, this has to be done every time you change the fabric type being used, and you also need to unplug the machine for safety.
It took a few goes with scrap fabric before the fabric was running through smoothly and the straight blade was cutting right through.
To change the blade, you need a different screwdriver than for setting the blade height. It’s quite tricky as you’re working in such a small area, manual dexterity is needed. The pins need to be lined up correctly to make sure the rotary wheel is fitted correctly.
There are many I’m afraid!
- The power cord is short making it awkward to position the foot pedal comfortably.
- You need 2 different types of screwdriver, one for adjusting the blade and one for changing the blade, a design flaw in my view.
- There is just one speed, fast, difficult to control for keeping the fabric straight.
- Fiddly to set up and no use if you have arthritic/stiff joint problems.
- You have to keep unplugging when adjusting cutting tension.
- There is no on/off switch.
- Very tricky to cut accurate straight strips, the reason a quilter would want to buy it in the first place.
If you’re patient and prepared to put some time in setting the Simplicity machine up then you MIGHT get some straight strips. When everything is aligned and you are 100% concentrating then it works as advertised.
The Simplicity Rotary Cutter Machine sounds good on paper and is an affordable price, but there are better machines for the job, like the Sizzix or, if you have a larger budget then the AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter If you’re thinking of buying the Simplicity Cutter because you have problems such as tendonitis or arthritis and think it might help, then don’t, this is not the machine for you.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE