While attending the recent Craft and Hobby Show (CHA show), I learned about a new cutting tool called the Gyro-Cut. It has an interesting blade that can rotate and cut in any direction, like a knife slicing thru butter. And I think anyone who likes just about any form of #CreativeGoodness is going to want one!
It is a crafty product that is marketed to cut things like paper, card stock, vinyl, plastic, etc.. At the show, I was told that this model doesn’t do a good job cutting fabric and they were working on developing a blade specifically for fabric. I struggled when I saw the demonstration, as I felt that if the fabric was stabilized appropriately it could cut fabric. Fast Forward: It does cut fabric!
Gyro-Cut is made in the UK by Crafty Products.
I was given a Gyro-Cut to evaluate and try it on fabric. But this review represents my honest opinion of this product – I think it is a great tool and is very reasonably priced.
I first used the Gyro-Cut to cut paper, as this is a good way to get used to holding this tool. You hold it as if it were a writing pen to get a good cut. I then moved on to cutting card stock and other materials.
Printable photo paper is pretty thick, but the Gyro-Cut tool did a great job cutting it.
It even cut the tiny hole for this bookmark. I was amazed, but once you get the hang of it, the blade rotates better than a sports car turning corners!
I cut plastic templates with the Gyro-Cut. It would actually be quite easy to create your own quilting stencil with this tool.
I then wanted to cut fabric, but knowing cutting fabric had been challenging for the Gyro-Cut product team, I knew stabilization would be critical. As Quilter’s are aware, cutting fabric typically means you can be cutting with or against the grain, or on the bias. And such change in direction can cause a challenge for many cutting tools.
I had had such great results with Terial Magic on my Silhouette Cameo, this was my first choice for stabilization for cutting with the Gyro-Cut. And the combination of using Terial Magic and the Gyro-Cut worked perfectly!
I first cut small circles to make 3D fabric flowers.
I then pulled out my set of Flip-N-Cut Magic templates from OmniGrid. I had originally thought these detailed templates could be used with a small rotary cutter, but found I could never get the shape cut out perfectly as the blade just couldn’t get into some of the angles, as I wanted. And, I was forced to use them as marking templates as my only option, until the Gyro-Cut. I found Gyro-Cut the Gyro-Cut tracked super close to the template, able to handle the sharp corners, curves, and inside of all the sharp angles. It did a fantastic job and made cutting with acrylic templates a breeze!
I now have a large stack of shapes ready to applique’ on a quilt. You’ll have to check back, as I’ll show you the quilt, once I have it completed! I’m just so amazed how fast and fun it was to cut all the shapes with the Gyro-Cut (and Terial Magic).
I also used the Gyro-Cut to cut some “Shrink Plastic” for a another crafty project and found the Gyro-Cut tool much easier to use than scissors and I wouldn’t have wanted to use my rotary cutter on this plastic.
Another thing that I really like about the Gyro-Cut is you can’t cut skin, making it a safe cutting tool for kids. I also found it to be a handy an economical tool for perfect cutting of:
Crafting tool for cutting perfect for cutting:
– papers, card stock
– fabric (when appropriately stabilized)
– duct tape
– cut an image out of an old card or calendar
– freezer paper
What I don’t believe the Gyro-Cut would be a good tool for:
– cutting knits, fleece, flannel
– thick quilter’s plastic
– acryllic templates (LOL!)
As I play with using iron-on and other stabilizers, with the Gyro-Cut, I’ll happily share my findings.
Here is a video that you may want to watch, to learn more about the Gyro-Cut tool:
If you have problems viewing this embedded video, here is a link to watch it directly in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-nsOqJFGLc
Currently the Gyro-Cut can be purchased from their on-line store and/or Amazon.com. They are also accepting wholesale orders, so I anticipate this tool to soon appear in many craft, quilting and sewing stores. Of course, you can let them know you are interested in them carrying it, as they may not yet be aware of it.
GYR0-Cut USA generously offered FREE SHIPPING to followers of QuiltShopGal living in the USA. To take advantage of this offer, type in “CreativeGoodness” in the discount area when checking out at www.gyrocutusa.com
You can find Gyro-cut at:
www.gyrocutusa.com (may have some downtime this week, as web developers are doing some work on this site).