Product Review: The TrueCut Rotary Cutting System
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! ***
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Interesting cutter. Any gadget that helps make all the cutting I do easier is a tool I need!
I would have to say 99.9% of the time. I even use my rotary cutter for clothing cutting!
At the moment, I am still learning to use a rotary cutter without cutting the ends of my fingers off!
I use my rotary cutter all the time! I make clothes, home decor, and quilts using my rotary cutter. There are a few times I’ll use my scissors for appliques and such. Thanks for hosting! mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com
I use my rotary cutter a lot, I would say 95%.
99.99% HAHAHAH, I love rotary cutters, but I’ve noticed I’m putting to much strain on my wrist, so this ergonomic design seems like such a smart idea!!! I make primarily clothing and love the ease of rotary cutters – of course I need new blades too, that might help ;o)
I use my rotary cutter for about 98% of my cutting. I do have problems with the ruler slipping sometimes so these grippers look great. Thanks for the chance to win!\
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Wow this looks like a great system. Where can I get it! I want one! I’m so tired of my ruler slipping and messing up a piece of fabric.
I’m with the masses. I would love to have one. I have no strength in my hands for normal rotary cutters. I’ve cut myself more than once due to lack of control. This may be just what I need to continue quilting!! Happy you are enjoying yours. It’ll cut down your WIP pile. Happy Thanksgiving!
I would say at least 90% of my cutting is with a rotary cutter and with a hand injury it is agony. This looks like just what I need to ‘lighten the load’ on my over used hand. I would so love to win this. Thank you for the chance.
98% of the time….
I would at least 90 percent, probably more. I am recovering even now from a tendonitis that I believe resulted from rotary cutting. I would love to win this.
That looks like a terrific cutter! I do almost all of my cutting with a rotary cutter of one size or another.
I’m just learning so I would say about 50%; I need all the help I can get!
I probably do 60% of my cutting with a rotary cutter–if I’m sewing bags; the rest is garment sewing and I haven’t figured out rotary cutting for that yet!
I’d say I do about 85% of my cutting with a rotary cutter. The exception is applique and I still cut with scissors for that.
I’d have to say a minimum of 95%. I try to use it all of the time. I’ve cut patterns out with it. Now that they have the smaller rotary cutter it makes curves easier too.
I use my rotary cutter 99% of the time. This gadget would be one that all rotary cutters use. L
I do at least 85% rotary cutting. My blades are starting to run down though – I’ll need some new ones soon.
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I’d say about 80% of my fabric cutting is with a rotary – when I finish my hexie charm quilt, it’ll be back up to 95%. 🙂
I use a rotary cutter 99 per cent of the time. All cutting is hard on my arthritic hands. It looks like Trucut may be easier on the hands.
I use my rotary cutter for all my fabric cutting. This system will help a lot with the cutting.
I use my rotary cutter for at least 85% of my fabric cutting. I love the look of your new rotary cutter. I will have to look for one!
I use my rotary to cut 100% of my fabric!!
I use my rotary cutter most of the time. the only time I pick up scissors is to cut out an applique while doing machine embroidery! sharon
I use my rotary cutter all the time. I feel like the patterns I cut out are more precise with them.
Yesterday, I did try to make a new little miracle a best out of thick winter fabric. It was so hard. I had to over the same piece over and over and it still wasn’t a clean cut. I think using the Trucut can be help me with those types of projects.
I use mine 99% of the time, and I’m always moving around trying to get it straight, this would be a big help. Where can you get this, as I am not very lucky at winning things?
I use mine about 75% of the time??I own three and keep my mat set up all the time. This system looks awesome thanks for the giveaway.
Wow, when am I not using a rotary cutter. If that could make things easier I’m all for it.
Yeah, I’d say about 99%. I use it all the time. Best thing ever. And I mostly sew clothes, not much in the way of quilting.
I use my rotary cutter about 95% of the time!
96% of the time.
I’m still getting started with sewing, and finally bought a sewing machine for the first time a few months ago. I’m slowly building up my toolkit, so I don’t have a rotary cutter yet. 🙁
I use my rotary cutter 99% of the time. I even cut out clothes patterns with my rotary cutter. Thanks for the chance to win.
I use my rotary cutter 99% of the time. This looks like it would make cutting so easy.
I have only recently started sewing, and made a quilt for my granddaughter for Christmas. I cut most of the squares by hand, and then bought a cheap cutter. It made it slightly easier, but a good quality one would be amazing! I certainly need to practise, as some of my squares didn’t meet up, but pleased with my first attempt. Hope I’m lucky x
I do about 100% with a rotary cutter. Due to weird allergies i can’t cut with scissors, so it’s ideal in my case 🙂
I use my rotary cutter about 90% of the time. I hate using scissors.
I agree those who say 99% of my fabric cutting is done with a rotary cutter, I have been thinking about trying a similar cutting system, will have to look into this one.
I’d have to say that 99% of my cutting is with a rotary cutter.
I would say 95% of the time. I only remember using scissors once or twice and have only been sewing/quilting a couple of years.
I have the TrueCut Cutting System any love it!
I use a rotary cutter about 75% of the time!
I use my rotary cutter almost all of the time. I avoid getting out the scissors, if I can.
I don’t use my rotary cutter much at all but when I do, it’s pretty wonderful. I garment sew and have trouble using it with curves. Guess I need more practice. Having something that kept the ruler steady would be wonderful. And thanks for noting this system can be used for lefties like me 🙂
I use my rotary cutter about 95% of the time, and I’m definitely guilty of those swerves that ruin the next 1/4 – 1/2" of fabric.
Scisssors? What are scissors…….??
At least 95% of the time, even when I am cutting free form around corners. I don’t know what I did when I did not have a rotary cutter! by far my favorite tool in my sewing room!
This looks great. I am still learning to use my rotary cutter and have trouble keeping my ruler steady. the grips sound great.
I use my rotary cutter about 90% of the time.
I know I love the True Grips and could certainly use more! I use my rotary cutter 99% of the time, taking out scissors only for those inside corners requiring accuracy.
I use my rotary cutter most of the time although I hate the fact that most of the time I have to go over the same area again because I didn’t cut all the way through the fabric…..and sometimes it’s only one layer of fabric! So frustrating when that happens.
Wow— that system looks great! I do almost 100% of my cutting with a rotary cutter!
I use my rotary cutters about 85% of the time, because I also have a Go! Baby. But I do have the slipping problem. And I love the groove on this ruler and cutter! I will have to see where I can find this product.
I do very little rotary cutting because I seem to need to press really hard and get tired really fast. So this may be just the thing for me!
Hopefully about 90%, just got my 1st rotary cutter. The grips look very helpful as the ruler does slip. 24Tangent@gmail.com
I do almost all my cutting with a rotary cutter…and even though its an ergonomic design by the end of the day my index finger hurts. This looks like a great tool ! Thank you for the giveaway.
I do most of my fabric cutting with a rotary cutter – and I am in desperate need of a new one! This one looks fantastic!
I’d cut more with a rotary cutter if I felt more control and less apt to slip up. This TrueCut system looks amazing for the accident prone like me. I also need a great cutting mat, as mine is getting beat up. I use too much pressure on my rotary and cut into the mat deeply. 🙁
Looks like a great system. I like the idea of easy cutting, which is also safer and more time efficient. I dislike having to re-cut.
I would save about 95%. I’m glad it can be use by left handed quilters
I use my rotary cutter about 95% of my cutting time. And, I am also left handed.
I use the rotory cutter 85 to 95% of the time. That looks great for the severe arther that lives in my joints.:) Sue
This system sounds wonderful. How much I use a rotary cutter depends on what I’m cutting. For quilting, I use a rotary about 50% of the time, (Then I use a die cutter the rest); For craft sewing, about 90% and barely at all for apparel sewing. The feature that keeps the blade from drifting off the ruler sounds divine!
I do at least 90% of my cutting with a rotary cutter. It does effect my wrists and hands, so this would be awesome to win. I don’t like using scissors anymore because of my lack of dexterity in my hands and with the amount of sewing and cutting I do, I need all the help I can get not to mention, I’m Left-handed! Thanks for the opportunity to take a chance and win. Sandra Woerner popspet#@Comcast.net
I use my rotary cutter probably 95% of the time. About the only thing that I cut with scissors is thread. Thanks.
i just got my set this week, it takes a little getting used to fitting it on the track but i like the safer feature. the blade angle is awesome and more comfortable to cut with.
I would like to do most of my cutting with a rotary cutter because it is more precise and efficient, but am a novice sewer and don’t know which one to purchase. There are so many to choose from, including rulers, and I don’t want to buy the wrong one. Thank you for your review! if you are impressed, I am too! I enjoy your reviews and tutorials – they really motivate me to challenge my sewing abilities. I am going to start a quilting class next and know that I will need a rotary cutter. The TruCut Rotary Cutting System looks great! Thank you for the opportunity for a chance to win such useful sewing tools! Bonnie Sands email@example.com
Most of my cutting in done with a rotary cutter. I would greatly appreciate a new one.
I do 100% of my cutting with the rotary cutter. I have 3 sizes which make it possible 🙂
I do about 90% of my cutting with a rotary. This looks like a neat system!
I’d say I use my rotary cutter about 99% of the time. It’s permanently stationed on my cutting table, I don’t even bother to put it away anymore. I seldom use scissors.
Since I’ve learned how to use a rotary cutter, 100%!!!! Scissors are for paper.
I love using a rotary cutter. I do have problems at times with the cutter swerving away from the ruler, even when I feel I am in "complete control"! I do as much of my cutting with a rotary cutter as possible…as you say at least 90%. I am also left handed so I am used to turning things around for my safety and convenience. I think this system sounds like a great way to go. I have been looking for the adhesive grips locally but not having luck…it would be awesome to win them! I am checking into purchasing this system!
I do 99% of my cutting with a rotary cutter. I only use scissors for non-quilty sewing projects like purses or stuffed animals. If I can cut it with a ruler and rotary cutter, I will.
I’ve already bought this system and I LOVE it! I do at least 90% of my cutting with this. No more crooked strips and wasted fabric!
I definitely do as much as I can. The amount I use my rotary cutter depends on what kind of sewing I am doing. If i am making crafts or quilted Items, I use it about 90% of the time. If I am making clothing, I usually use scissors.
I only cut with my rotary cutter. I trim threads with snips but never use scissors.
I always lost my rotary cutter and I cut with my scissors. Buy I love the rotary cutter.
The Rotary Cutter is the only way to go. I say 95%!
Wow!! That sounds great!! 95% of the cutting I do with a rotary cutter!!
I have been doing more and more of my cutting with a rotary cutter because I have fibromyalgia and my hands swell and then I can’t use them to cut with scissors. So this system would be awesome for someone like me. 90-95% I’d say is how much I use it for my cutting. Whoever does win this will be receiving an awesome tool!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!!
I do almost all of my cutting with a rotary cutter, maybe 97%?
I use my rotary cutter about 50% of the time. I would use it more, probably if my arthritic hands would stay a bit more steady. Thanks for your review and the chance to win.
I am guessing about 95 – 98% is rotary cutting. I find I have an old cutter near to do odd jobs that include paper cutting and misc other projects. I think this system looks so great and maybe I would have a few less cuts on my fingers too!
I have just gotten back into sewing and was looking into purchasing a rotary cutter. So, currently my percentage is zero, but I would love to be using it 90% or more!
I would say I use a rotary cutter about 90% of the time also. I love the idea of not accidentally doing wonky cuts sometimes!
Thanks for the review! I use my Rotary Cutter about 95% of the time.
This sounds like a wonderful tool to have! I do about 90% of my fabric cutting with a rotary cutter, too. I only use my scissors for quirky areas or really tiny things.
I would say I use my rotary cutter about 80% of the time. I would use it more if I had better control of the ruler from slipping. I think this would be an awesome cutter and the appliqué grips would be wonderful
I use a rotary cutter 95% of the time. I think I have almost forgotten out to use scissors! LOL
I am just getting started using a rotary cutter. I was glad to see that this one has a guide so it doesn’t swerve all over the place. And to not have to press down hard, would be a dream. My hands ache from arthritis, so that would help tremendously! Thanks for your review.
I use my rotary cutter about 95% of the time. I only use scissors to trim threads and to cut curves! This looks like a great ruler and cutter, guess I need to talk to Santa!
I’ve just recently started increasing my use of the rotary cutter – I’m even cutting some curves (very carefully!). I’d say I do about 75% rotary cutter now.
99.99% of my fabric is rotary cut! Scissors are for thread! 🙂 I’ve seen this cutter before…thanks for the positive review and a chance to win.
I would say 80% since I do hand cutting for applique. Thanks for the review of this cutter!
i’ve been intrigued by this product for a while so thanks for the review, i use my rotary cutters for everything, rarely use scissors.
Hi Caroline: I saw the rotary cutter and ruler at A Quilters Gathering in Manchester, NH a couple of weeks ago. I don’t know why but rotary cutting is difficult for me. I have tried many cutters and gadgets and still struggled, let alone the times I’ve knicked my fingers. Santa bought me a set for Christmas while I was at the quilt show and I can’t wait to use them. Thanks for the review too.
Wow I would say almost a 100% of my cutting is through rotary
Neat! I do a lot with the rotary cutter – pretty much anything that’s straight. If I’m doing clothing patterns I stick with the scissors. Thanks!
I’ve been intrigued by this system, i do about 95% of my cutting by rotary.
THis is new for me using a rotary cutter. I just started my sewing this month and using scissors.
I would love to try this cool sewing gadget.
Wow this system really looks wonderful. I love the idea that your hand doesn’t get tired. I have that problem, so have to space out my cutting. These grips are truly an ingenious idea. I probably use my rotary cutter 90-95 % of the time. I love my rotary cutter, so does my husband and son. And yes they only use it on fabric. LOL Pretty strict about that.
Always wondered how that system worked, thank you for sharing. I think I like it, maybe this would help me have less trouble with sliding issues!
I’ll bet it’s about 95% rotary cutting, and 5% scissor cutting in this house…..
100% of my quilting I use a rotary cutter. 80% of my garment sewing I use a rotary cutter. Would love to have this new rotary cutter for the comfort of cutting!
I’m cutting all of my dolls with cutter, so it’s 100%
Would love to try this one. I used to have olfas till now.
I do as much of my cutting with a rotary cutter as possible! (approx. 95% rotary, 5% scissors)
I do all my cutting with a rotary cutter (the kid and husband don’t know what special please don’t use scissors are lol). What a fabulous looking system
I use a rotary cutter about 75 percent of the time. I am having some slippage issues. This system looks great.
I do about 95% of all my cutting with a rotary blade. I only cut appliqués and toy patterns with scissors
If I had more control with my rotary cutter I would probably cut everything but thread (etc) with it. However, I have cut my ruler several times and ruined fabric several times, so I use it only when I have to. This new system really has my name on in!
I probably use a rotary cutter about 80% of the time. I definitely need a better system since I’ve destroyed far too much fabric with the swerve/slip issues mentioned by others. 🙁
Well.. I am an amateur sewer. I only just received a small rotary cutting set for my birthday. So-I would say 95% scissors and 5% rotary. This would be great to add to my small sewing tool collection. Thanks for sharing with us Caroline!
I am a beginner quilter and have never used anything but a rotary cutter, so far. After my surgery I now have to take 30 minute breaks after 10 minutes of cutting and it is frustrating. Even when I am cutting my wrist will give out and I slip a lot. Not a good thing lol
I don’t use a rotary as much as I used to since I cut the end of my finger off (ouch), but I would love to try something new to prevent that from happening again.
I rotary cut probably 97%, scissors 1% , borrow a friend’s accuquilt cutter 1% and another friend’sAccucut go 1%. I really need something like this because I on long cuts I always nick the ruler at some point-ruins the ruller and messes up the blade all in one.
I would say I rotary cut about 98% of the time. Would love to have this system because some of the time my cuts come out swervy .
I’m up there at about 98% of the time. Unless it’s appliqué I am using my rotary cutter. Thanks for the chance to win!
I use it all the time to cut my quilting fabric, and when possible my sewing fabric. So about 95% of the time.
I use my rotary cutter about 75% of the time.
Now that I’m learning to quilt I use my rotary cuttery about 80% of the time.
I do about 98% of my cutting with a rotary cutter. I have had one since the 80’s when they first came out. This looks really interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
I use a rotary about 80% of the time.
I use mine about 50%. Just not the most confident on my rotary skills.
I do about 50% of my cutting with a rotary cutter and mat —-this one looks great especially for someone with arthritic hands —no pressure needed !!!—Hooray !!!!
When I started quilting in the 80s, I was taught to use a rotary cutter. Now I am reluctant to cut any fabric if I can’t use my rotary cutter. I’d say I use it about 98% of the time–sometimes even use it to quick cut a thread or two!
I definitely use my rotary cutter 99% of the time! I want this new cutter…I hope I win! Thanks for the chance!
I use my rotary cutter(s) 99% of the time.
I would have to say about 95% of my cutting is done w/ a rotary cutter. I LOVE the idea of "grippers" on the bottom of a ruler. No matter how hard you try, it ALWAYS slips a bit & this is very frustrating!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
I would say I do more than 95% of my cutting with my rotary cutter including cutting out knit material for tee shirts. I recently took a handbag class and had to use scissors and found them very difficult to use.My go to rotary cutter is the original red True Cut which I find not only easy to do straight cutting but it works well when cutting curved pattern pieces even without a ruler. Thanks for chance to add another cutter and the ruler.
I use my rotary cutters ALL the time unless it’s tiny spaces such as applique. Sure beats scissors hands down!
I use my rotary cutter at least 95% of the time.
I do about 95% of my cutting with a rotary cutter.
I do about 99% of my cutting with a rotary cutter and yes I already use the TruCut board and rotoary cutter. It is fabulous.
I cut about 95% with the rotary cutter.
WOW, this looks like it does a good job and is fun too!!! Scissors???? What???? Rotary is the best way
I’d say about 85% of it, cuz ya know ya have to cut those loose threads everywhere lol
Most of my cutting is done with the rotary cutter, so about 95%. Only a few garment patterns with odd
cuts I still cut with scissors, and that would be seldom.
I’d say 95% of my cutting is using a rotary cutter, I rarely pick up scissors, even loose threads are cut with thread cutters 🙂
I use my rotary cutter 100% of the time. The TrueCut Rotary Cutting System would be great for me as I am in a wheelchair and find cutting a challenge at times due to not being able to apply vertical pressure with it. Love new tools.
I use my rotary cutter about 95% of the time. The tracking on this system sounds like it would make cutting easier and more accurate. Great idea
I just starting out using a rotary cutter for my sewing projects, now that I see how convenient it is! I appreciate your review on this.
I basically do all of my cutting with a rotary cutter, would love to be able to try this new one.
I use my rotary cutter about 98% of the time.
I’m afraid to say but almost never when I’m making clothes. When I was making a lot of pencilcases for my daughter to give away,90%
I could use this…just had a rotary accident and sliced my finger twice!!!
I definitely use my rotary cutter LOTS. Probably about 95% of the time.
I’d say 95% of the time – because I’m not very good at cutting straight without it.
Oh, I would use My Comfort Cut all the time if I win it or the TrueGrips AppliGrips. They both sound like they would make my sewing so easy.
Nita in southeast Michigan
Hope to win this giveaway!!! Just started quilting, learning how important to cut straight lines:D
Honestly, I do all of my fabric cutting with a rotary cutter! I can’t cut a straight line to save my soul. This system sounds wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
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I use my rotary cutter about 95% of the time. This system looks amazing.
I use my rotary cutter for ALL of my patchwork and dressmaking where a straight line is required. Sometimes I use my cutter on curved lines too!
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Thanks ! I am so gald I found you.
I use my rotary cutter about 90%, to the point that I have worn it out. It is wobbling as I cut.
I forgot to say, this cutter looks ergonomically correct and quilters won’t have to pay extra for a left handed cutter when there is more than one quilter in the house. Thanks for the chance to win.
I use a rotary cutter for the majority of my cutting – at least 90%. Thank you for the opportunity to win this cutter!!!
I do all of material cutting with my rotary cutter. This has to be the best invention to date.
I’ve been using my rotary cutter for years. I probably used it the most when making quilts with Year 5 classes for 5 years in a row! AppliGrips would be great when teaching the inexperienced and young .
Ik zou dit wel willen winnen! Ziet er goed uit,
Groetjes uit Belgie van Maria.
Almost all of it.
I would say I use my rotary cutter about 80% of the time. This new cutting system looks amazing. Thanks for sharing with us.
This seems to be an awesome system, thanks for the chance to win! I cut with a rotary cutter about 80% of the time, I cut stacks at at a time to save time.
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