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Quilting Cutting Tools

Quilting Cutting Tools

Improve the appearance of your quilted products and save lots of time by using proper quilting cutting tools for your next project! Available here at Spotlight, the range of quilting cutting tools will allow you to cut more accurately and cut several layers of fabric at once.

Simply and quickly cut squares, circles, triangles and a variety of shapes for the most beautiful designs, with our cutters, guides, rulers and dies.

Also included in the range are replacement blades. Always work with a sharp blade and make sure you are using an appropriate mat underneath your fabrics to avoid damage. Keep away from kids!

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Can I purchase quilting tools at Spotlight?

Yes, you can. Spotlight has everything you need for quilting everything from a simple block design quilt to an intricate pattern of shapes and embellishments. When first starting out on quilting projects, the choice of quilting tools can seem quite bewildering, but you will soon learn what the basic tools are that can help you to achieve great results, and which tools are suited for special projects.

What are the basic tools I will need for quilting?

Here is our guide to some of the basic tools you will find useful when quilting:

Rotary Cutter: Learning to sue a rotary cutter is essential if you want to speed up your cutting, as it allows you to cut through various layers at once and get accurate results. When choosing a rotary cutter, think about what you will be cutting. A 60-mm blade is great for thick fabric, while a slender 28-mm blade makes cutting intricate patterns easy. A 45-mm blade is good for all-round versatility. Always buy a rotary cutter from a well-known manufacturer and make sure you keep the blade as sharp as possible. At Spotlight, you can also find replacement blades for many rotary cutters. Always keep cutters away from kids.

Cutting mat: Cutting mats protect the surface you cut on and the material they're made of keeps the cutter blade sharp. For home sewing, buy a 24" x 36" mat if possible, and if you have space remember that larger mats are a great choice. If you are travelling to quilting classes, you may want to choose a smaller mat.

Ruler: A transparent rule provides continuous accuracy that is necessary for measuring and cutting perfect squares, strips, triangles, or any shape for your quilt. Some rulers have highlighted seam allowances, which can be useful, as well as clearly defined angle lines marked at30°, 45° and 60°, ideal for triangles, stars and other intricate shapes.

Sewing machine: Unless you plan to hand sew your quilt, you will need a sewing machine. It does not have to be an expensive machine with many unusual stitches as most of your sewing will be a straight stitch. A machine that helps you easily sew a 1/4" seam allowance, the quilting standard, and that accepts a walking foot -- for straight machine quilting -- is an advantage.

What else is included in the range of Quilting Tools?

As well as the items mentioned above, the range of quilting tools at Spotlight also includes many other useful tools and accessories, such as dies and templates in intricate shapes, as well as many useful basic items including extra-long pins (ideal for pinning several layers of fabric together), seam rippers, holding clips and even a tagger gun for gluing fabrics together.

As you progress in your quilting, you can add all these items and more to your collection. An iron and ironing board will also be essential, to make sure you achieve professional looking results. Check out the whole range of quilting products and fabrics at Spotlight or be inspired by our gorgeous collection of patterns and projects in our quilting books.

Do Spotlight sell quilting accessories?

Yes, at Spotlight you will find all the extra bits and pieces you need to get underway with your first quilting project at the lowest prices guaranteed. Whether you are making a patchwork quilt, or a quilted item such as a cushion cover, a wall hanging or a garment, you will need the same tools regardless.

Becoming familiar with the terminology and equipment needed for quilting can be a little confusing at first, but if you elect to begin your new hobby by buying a quilting starter kit such as the Birch Start to Quilt Kit, you will be ready to go with basic necessities such as a cutting mat and cutting tools and ruler. If you prefer to equip yourself with various tools gradually however, you will find a range of items available at Spotlight to make the job simpler. Peruse your local store or online for quilting bundles, hoops and hangers, cutting dies, quilting machines, special quilting needles and quilting cutting tools from all the top brands.

Which quilting cutting tools can I find at Spotlight?

The most popular brands of cutting tools can be found at Spotlight, both in store and online, such as Fiskars, Birch, Olfa, Semco, Sew Easy and Sizzix. These specialised quilting cutting tools allow you to effectively cut several layers of fabric, in squares or triangles or whatever shape you need in the most accurate, safest and quickest way.

Try the popular Fiskars Easy Blade Change Rotary Cutter or the ergonomic OLFA Deluxe Rotary Cutter to see which is most comfortable in your grip. Of course the Fiskars Titanium Rotary Cutter, the Sew Easy Rotary Cutter Soft Touch or the Birch Rotary Cutter may also be just what you need. At Spotlight you are spoilt for choice when it comes to finding the right products for your unique quilting projects.

It is important to keep your quilting cutting tools as sharp as possible to ensure clean cuts to your fabric edges, so Spotlight also stock replacement blades for all their quilting cutting tools. To ensure all your fabric squares or shapes are cut to the same size, angle and with straight edges, a quilting ruler is another must have. These are usually included in quilting kits, or you can purchase a Birch, Sew Easy or Fiskars quilting ruler separately from Spotlight.

When cutting fabric it is essential that you use a quilting mat to protect your underneath surfaces and remember - never leave sharp tools where children can reach them.  As a general rule a larger cutting mat is a better investment than a small one. Spotlight also have a range of quilting mats in stock.

What else do I need to start quilting?

Wander into Spotlight or browse online to have fun discovering all the wonderful items you can buy to build up your quilting supplies.

Look through our quilting books filled with stunning patterns and ideas to get you started, and then lose yourself if our huge range of delightful fabrics. Of course it’s much easier to buy your quilting fabric in bundles of fat flats, jelly rolls and charm packs. Pick up some quilting needles, pins and thread and you’re on your way to making your first stunning quilt!

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