Rotary cutter vs. electric scissors for cutting fabric??

by Stephanie
Hi, Hometalkers!
I've never tried either, but wondering which you prefer and why. I would be using them for cutting layers of fabric or ribbon. As an FYI, I have regular scissors in a few different sizes. Thanks so much!

  12 answers
  • Cori Widen Cori Widen on Apr 02, 2017

    One benefit of rotary over electric for fabric is that it can take practice and dexterity (that not all of us have!) to get a straight line with electric...

  • Shoshana Shoshana on Apr 03, 2017

    It's harder to get a straight line with an electric cutter but with a little bit of practice you can get the hang of it. Personally I like the rotary cutter better, it just makes me feel like I have more control over what I am cutting.

  • Mar8582918 Mar8582918 on Apr 03, 2017

    I like to be in control of my cutting so I only use my my rotary cutter and regular


  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Apr 04, 2017

    I too use just my rotary cutter and Fiskar's scissors I bought me the heavy duty scissors that can cut through 5 layers of blue jean material....good scissor's ....

  • 13526476 13526476 on Apr 04, 2017

    I'm on board with the rotary cutter and appropriate scissors for the material I'm using. The rotary cutter is so fast and accurate to use. It cut my preparation from pinning and cutting of patterns by greater than two-thirds...

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Apr 05, 2017

    Thank you PJ!

  • Stephanie Stephanie on Apr 05, 2017

    Thanks to all of you for helping me with this decision. One more question! For the wheel blade, what is the difference between using a 45mm vs. 60mm (aside from size lol!) I'm a total newbie, the last craft I made was in HS art class 30 years ago!

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    • Stephanie Stephanie on Apr 06, 2017

      Good morning Cori! Thank you for the great suggestion. I will definitely do that. Everyone here is so helpful! Have a great day!

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Apr 05, 2017

    The depth of cut.

    Go rotary blade and I use Fiskar

    Rotary blade more control and heavy duty to tiny shears scissors by Fiskar are a little bit more expensive but I have had mine for more than 20 years, they are in great shape just sharpen the blades every now and then

  • Zha34110399 Zha34110399 on Oct 08, 2018

    Fabric Rotary Cutter, cuts materials with a smooth edge by an electric round knife, the rotary cutter widely applied to many industries, including clothing, leather, rubber, blankets, carpets, furniture, sofas, and umbrella making industry, etc. It might provide you with some help, welcome to click on

  • 4637385 4637385 on Oct 08, 2018

    I've only used a rotary cutter, but love it!

  • David Jhonny David Jhonny on May 13, 2020

    I use both rotary cutter for fabric & electric scissor for cutting fabric ! But I love rotary cutter

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom Holly Lengner - Lost Mom on Jul 20, 2021

    I've only ever used rotary, but am perfectly fine with it