While at the recent CHA Craft Super Show in Anaheim, I spent a little time walking the exhibit floor looking for cool products our Sew4Home visitors might find interesting and helpful. This is the first of several articles about what I found.
We've featured a number of tutorials that incorporate appliqué or start with unique shapes, like a heart or small circles and squares. Often, the most time consuming part of the whole project is drawing and cutting all those shapes. And they just never seem to turn out as smooth and even as you'd like.New Product Find: The AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter, which die-cuts layers of beautiful shapes with the turn of a handle.
This product has a fairly high price tag (around $350 most places we looked), so you probably need to be doing some serious cutting to make it worth your while. However, the accuracy and ease with which you can crank out squares and rectangles and hearts and flowers, and ... and ... and... makes me want one no matter what. Heck, I'll figure out new projects just to use the shapes.
You simply layer your fabric on the die surface, cover with their cutting mat, and run through the entire unit through the rollers. It's very easy to crank the handle, which turns the rollers and moves the die through to cut your fabric. You can cut multiple layers of fabric at once; the number of layers will depend on the thickness of your fabric.
The cutter comes with one GO! Fabric Cutting Die, featuring three shapes: Square-4 1/2"; Square-2 1/2"; Half Square-2"; and a Finished Triangle (cuts four shapes). You also get a 10" x 10" cutting mat. Plus, the entire unit folds up and magnetically latches. There's a carry handle, and at just 15 pounds, you could certainly take it with you wherever you go. Perhaps you could take it to a movie as a little treat for doing all that cutting for you!
There's more information and the opportunity to buy one online at the AccuQuilt website.