How a Die Cutter Works

I get questions from time to time about my die cutter. I decided to do a series of posts about it. This is my Accuquilt Studio cutter.

You may be more familiar with the GO! Cutter.

It is smaller, but all die cutters operate essentially the same way. Today, I’m going to show you how it works. I’ll demonstrate using this die. It has a wooden base and steel blades that are embedded into a heavy foam.

This is what it looks like from the top. You can see where the blades are and feel them if you push down on the foam.

With my studio cutter, I can cut up to ten layers of fabric at a time. I grabbed these from my scrap bucket. I place the fabric on top of the foam, making sure the blades are fully covered.

Then I place a cutting mat over top. Cutting mats need replacing from time to time, but not often. You can use both sides of it.

Next, place it on the tray of the die cutter and crank the handle. The roller puts pressure on the stack as it is rolled through, depressing the foam and exposing the blades. This is what cuts the fabric.

Ahhhh! Two perfect little stacks! So satisfying.

Look for my next post on die cutters coming soon. I’ll discuss some of the differences in the various die cutters in the Accuquilt GO! Family of cutters. Have a great day!

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About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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1 Response to How a Die Cutter Works

  1. Nettie says:

    Don’t you have to watch the way the fabric goes in to get a true 5” square?

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