How to Sharpen a Rotary Cutter

I dabble in sewing. It’s something that I find to be challenging but also relaxing at times. It requires patience and pace. (If you’ve read any of my past blogs, you know that patience is my Achilles heel.)  For some reason, I don’t lose my cool often when I’m sewing. That’s not to say I haven’t had moments where I’ve threatened my sewing machine’s nonexistent life or called it some not-so-very-nice names but that doesn’t happen frequently.

I’m not going to show you all the ins and outs of sewing because frankly, I’m still learning them myself. However, I do want to give you a tip on how to sharpen and/or extend the life of a Rotary Cutter. It’s extremely simple.  IMG_9891

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rotary Cutter

12″x 10” Sheet of Aluminum Foil

Scrap Fabric (Optional)


First you’ll want to fold your piece of aluminum foil in half. When you have it folded in half, fold it in half again.

Next you’ll take your Rotary Cutter and cut the aluminum foil until it’s completely cut up. (I recommend placing a mat or cutting board under your foil, that way you don’t mar the table/countertop you’re working on.) Once that’s complete you can test the sharpness of your blade by cutting a piece of scrap fabric. If it still isn’t sharp enough grab another piece of aluminum foil and repeat the steps.

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