When I was at Quilt Market in Houston last month I was lucky enough to see lots of the new gadgets and tools (sewing 'toys') that are coming out, and I'm really excited to be able to review one of them for you now: the TrueCut Rotary Cutting System from the Grace Company. If you are familiar with long-arm quilting systems, then you might recognize that name in connection with the Grace Frame, some of the best quilting frames you can buy.
The TrueCut Rotary Cutting System has a bunch of accessories, but there are two essential parts that work together: the TrueCut ruler and cutter. The clear acrylic ruler has tracks on either side...
and the special comfort cutter has a guide that holds it on the track while you cut. That means it wont swerve away and mess up your cut (or endanger your other hand).
I used this cutting system all morning to cut strips of fabric for the mystery sewing kits in my shop, and my hand never got tired. Let me tell you, one thing that crossed my mind over and over again as I was getting used to this cutting system was 'I'm barely pressing hard at all, and it cuts perfectly!' There's something about the ergonomic design of the My Comfort Cutter that lets you cut with less pressure and effort.
I had no problem cutting stacks of fabric like I often do.
And it's not called the 'My Comfort Cutter' for nothing. You can personalize both sides of the handle with your name or scraps of your favorite fabric. I put in little pieces of my favorite Heather Ross fabric. The rotary blade can also be switched to the other side if you are left-handed.
One of the accessories with the TrueCut System is a set of TrueGrips non-slip adhesive pads. I placed these little plastic gripper disks on the bottom of my ruler and it didn't slip once! You can also place them on the bottom of your cutting mat.
There is also a smaller version of the TrueGrips called AppliGrips that can be applied to rulers, stencils, templates, and more. Our friends at The Grace Company sent me two packages of AppliGrips to giveaway on the blog.
All you have to do to enter to win your own set of AppliGrips is answer this question in the comments below: how much of your cutting do you do with a rotary cutter?
As for me, I'd say about 90%. That's why I feel so lucky to have the TrueCut Cutting System on my sewing table.
But I want to hear from you too. This giveaway will end Friday November 22nd at 10pm Eastern. Then I'll use Random.org to pick two winners. I don't mind sending them overseas if someone far away wins. :)
*** Update: This giveaway has now ended. Congrats to the winners Lisa and Darlene! Have fun with your AppliGrips! ***