This holiday season we are concentrating on bringing you fast and easy gift ideas. You may have already noticed our green "Holiday Gift Idea" button on recent tutorials. In addition, we've found a number of inexpensive notions, which we think would be perfect for the sewing and crafting folks on your list. Today's example is this dandy fingertip rotary cutter from Fiskars®. If you can point, you can use this little devil.
Our fingers are the most amazing tools we have! If you want ultimate control, fingertip dexterity is hard to beat. So, when we saw that this tiny rotary cutter from Fiskars® acted like a natural extension to your fingers, we had to try it out.
The cutter is very small and super lightweight with a 18 mm super-sharp mini blade. A cool feature right out of the box: the handle shape creates a stable base so the cutter sits flat when not in use instead of rolling off the table.
Remove the blade guard.
Slip your finger through the "ring" at the back and hold the cutter like you would hold a pencil or pen. This is definitely what I would call, "good ergonomic design."
The packaging, as well as the information I found online, indicates the tool is for: paper, foil, tissue, patterns and delicate fabrics. Since we live in the world of fabric, I tested it on our favorite: quilting weight cotton.
You certainly have to apply some pressure, but it cut through the single layer of cotton just fine. I could roll forward or backward. It helped to hold the fabric somewhat taut with my opposite hand.
I think this is an awesome tool for fussing cutting. The sensitivity and the fingertip-control to easily maneuver around shapes and curves is great... and pretty fun too!
I also tested it on a lightweight tissue, similar to a pattern tissue. It was like cutting through hot butter.
Then, I tried it on a heavier paper. Again, it worked like a charm.
I tested the cutter on an organza and it worked well, but it did not cut very well at all through a heavier cotton twill.
For what we do, the fussy cutting application on the quilting cottons is the winner.
It would also be nice for intricate quilting cuts.
The blade cannot be changed, but it is quite sharp, and the information online says it is designed to last "for years." Even if it doesn't, and you have to buy a new one next year, it won't break the bank. If you remember to put the blade guard back on to store it, that will help extend the life of the blade as well.
We found the Fiskars® Fingertip Rotary Cutter online at numerous outlets for around $10.00. Our friends at Fabric.com have it for $9.48.