This is a continuation of my first post about die cutters that you can find here.
Electronic cutters, which have been around for a few years now, are an interesting addition to the quilter’s tool kit. Rather than having a die for each individual shape that is to be cut, the electronic cutter uses a small blade, a cutting mat, and a plotting device to transform digital designs into cuts. Designs can be either purchased or designed by you, personally, on compatible software, and then sent to the cutter. Unlike a die cutter, only one layer of fabric can be cut at a time, but what you lose in efficiency cutting multiples, you gain in the potential to create the cuts you wish exactly as you have imagined them. Additionally, you can cut more than fabric with these (depending on the cutter, you can cut fabric, paper, vinyl, thin wood, and other materials), and they can be used for a wide range of crafts and DIY purposes.
For a quilter who is looking to create their own designs, and since many of us also do other crafty projects, it seems like a good fit for those of us who like to create stamps, embossings, and miniatures. For quilting purposes, check out this article written by Vicki Anderson reviewing the different cutters for quilting applications, published in the March/April issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited.
Here are links to some electronic die cutters, if you’re looking to explore!