What is a thread cutter?:
A thread cutter is a tool used in beadwork to cut beading threads of several types. They are usually circular in shape and have a blade set between two notched discs. They can be strung as a pendant.
What is it used for?:
A thread cutter is used for cutting beading threads. You can use a thread cutter to cut either gel-spun (fishing line-type) threads or nylon beading threads. They are generally used when cutting new lengths of thread rather than for finishing cuts because the shape and design of the thread cutter make it difficult to make precise cuts close to beadwork.
How do I use a thread cutter?:
To use a thread cutter, place your beading thread into one of the notches where the cutting blade is exposed. To cut the thread, pull it tightly over the blade until it cuts.
Where can I buy a thread cutter and how much do they cost?:
Thread cutters can be purchased from most sewing and craft supply companies and stores. Some local bead shops also carry thread cutters. A thread cutter is an inexpensive tool, costing around $5.
- Great for travelers or frequent fliers because it can be taken on most aircraft in the United States
- No risk of cutting fingers on the recessed blades
- Easy to cut thread
- Can also make a pretty pendant
- Not suitable for making close finishing cuts of thread because the shape makes it difficult to get close to the beadwork
- Blade cannot be resharpened or replaced, so the entire unit must be replaced when the blade finally wears out