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So lucky, in fact, that I just had to show you this skookum gadget Havel's has recently released.
I received this cutter a while back, but like with any product I review, wanted to give it a really good using before writing this up for all of you - and I'm happy I did - this is a Quilter's dream tool. Seriously. If you're someone who cuts strips, squares, and more, you should consider this gadget for your Christmas/Wish List this year.
This, my friends, is a Havel's Fabric & Quilt Ruler Cutter. It measures in at 27.5" long and cuts widths up to 6" wide. It has a no-slip grip on the underside, making slipping and sliding next to impossible as you cut. The sliding blade glides easily along the track, and allows for precise, straight cutting - every time.
The Havel's website states that the cutter 'drastically reduces your cutting time' - so I put it to the test.
As some of you may know, I've been hosting a Cotton + Steel swap here at Sew at Home Mummy. As part of the swap, I've allowed international residents to ship their fabric purchased to me, and I offered to cut them for them so as to cut down on their shipping times and costs. I had to cut stacks of charm squares as a result:
...I timed myself for the cutting. To cut an entire yard of charm squares ((56) 5"x5" squares) it took:
- CONVENTIONAL RULER + ROTARY CUTTING: 3min 58sec
- HAVEL'S FABRIC & QUILT RULER CUTTER: 2min 47sec
The blade is easily replaceable, and measures in at a standard 45mm size. It literally pops in and out when you need to change it; it's actually much easier to change than most rotary cutter brand's handheld cutters.
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Absolutely fantastic for anyone with arthritis or repetitive strain injuries (I have both, and I can honestly say I felt much less fatigued by using this cutter than by using a conventional system each time I've used it).
The no-slip grip on the bottom of the unit is absolutely BRILLIANT. I can't say enough about it.
Wanna see it in action?
The ruler is really easy to read, too, being a clear ruler with black measurements marked.
So, after playing with this ruler for several months now, it's honestly become my primary mode of cutting. It's lightweight enough to move around easily; stores away easily hanging from a hook on my wall; the blade has a safety on it so I don't have to worry about my kids being around it.
I can wholeheartedly say that this is a tool that every Quilter should consider. I'm in love!
Thank you to Havel's for giving me the opportunity to add this cutter to my arsenal.
If you own one of these cutters, or, would like to ask me any questions about it, please, let me know in the comments below! I'd love to hear from you!
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