Olfa Chenille Cutter
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- High quality steel blade
- Four channel guides; 24 blade edges
- Easy to use
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Style Name: Fine | Size: 1 - Pack
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Another issue which may be happening to some people is not properly piecing their layers of fabric. If you don't sew or baste (thread or spray) them and watch for any open seams in your layers, then the tool will slip under them and mis-cut. But if you overlap them a bit, zig zag, and/or spray baste, then the cutter should continue down on top the layer you're trying to protect.
I think this is easy to hold on to; I actually expected it to be much larger. I can go really fast without a break or re-aligning when cutting.
There are some great videos on how to use this, and how to do faux chenille, on You Tube. I recommend users check them out.
If anything changes as I make additional projects with other types of fabric, I will edit this review.
The instructions say you can use it to cut up to 8 layers of fabric. I used the chenille cutter to cut 2 and 3 layers of lightweight flannel which was not easy. I will not even try 4 layers of the lightweight material I am using.
The product is not of the high quality that I associate with the Olfa brand. Lint gets caught near the blade and I frequently have to take the product apart to clean it-- once every 5 to 10 minutes of cutting! Cleaning the bare blade is not fun. The product consists of the blade, a ratchet dial, and two plastic halves that fit together to encase the blade. The plastic halves don't quite fit together, leaving a gap which can catch on the fabric while you are running it through a channel.
I was careful to sew my channels with consistent widths. At times, the chenille cutter did not cut down the center of the channel but veered off to one side of a seam, effectively ruining the whole project. This happened when cutting just 2 or 3 layers of material!Read more ›
No matter what setting you use, or how careful you are, the tool will go all wild on you and veer off making (at best) an uneven line or (at worst) cutting into your stitching line and ruining your work. I absolutely agree with the review that said 8 layers of fabric must be a joke. I use two or three of lightweight flannel and bruise my hand trying to get it through. One of my blankets had to have a whole section cut off because the thing went wonky on me.
This is not a quick process. If you are not slow and meticulous, you will ruin your work. Even then, the amount of force you have to use to "shove" the tool through the channel can easily cause a disaster. I love the blankets I've made using this method, but after you lose a third of a blanket, scissors start looking pretty good.
***EDITED DECEMBER 9, 2012***
I'm in the midst of my Christmas sewing and still using this little guy. I've discovered some tactics that can help. First, once you've sewn your channels, you MUST start your cuts using scissors. That helps a LOT. You also need to use the largest channel guide possible and make your channels CONSISTENT. If your channel is too big, that is what makes it go wonky and cut your seams. I've done 10+ of these blankets and I'm editing my rating from two up to three stars. The technique is a great effect and makes a great, fast gift. The tool has a serious learning curve, though.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My channels got a bit crooked, but after washed it didn't seem to matter. It was easy on the hand instead of cutting. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Lynn K.
I'm not overly impressed with this cutter. It gets the job done but is awkward to use.Published 1 month ago by kjones9820
Wife thinks you need to buy a new blade before she thinks she ought to.Published 1 month ago by David Dewey
I had an order for a chenille bib and I did it by hand, with scissors. Then someone told me about this little gem. If you're planning on making faux chenille, get one. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kathleen L. Helms
I was skeptical about ordering this, but since I didn't want to cut through 4 layers of fabric with scissors, I thought why not. It cut clean and accurately at a very rapid rate. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pen Name