has anyone ever used these? do they really work? I'm wanting a new blade and was curious if I should buy a new blade or the sharpener
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I use one and it helps alot.
It is a little scary handling the blade but worth it.
I bought mine at Joannns with a coupon so not too expensive.
You do need to twist it back and forth more than a few times.
I havnt tried the oil yet sounds like a good way to go.
I also have one and like it. Doesn't sharpen a blade to new quality, but does help extend the life somewhat.
I have one, for me I have found the resharpened blades don't seem to keep their sharpness.
so in the long run, its best to just buy a new blade?
For me i would rather buy a new blade!But the sharpener will work in a pinch. :D
Bev, I requested the Orbital blade sharpener for Christmas and am really happy with it. I throw a blade into it between cutting pieces for my quilts and it does a good job. (Link is just an example, I'm sure you can get it from a variety of places)
Bev I use the one you pictured and I got it at Joann's several years ago and I am on my second one I just bought recently. I love mine. It extends the life of my blades just fine. And I sew everyday so mine get a lot of use and my friend Dorothy who does my prep work uses one too and she loves it.
I find that it will extend the life of the blade but it is important to apply even pressure and inspect the edge for burrs. It does not fix nicks. Sharpened blades are great for those projecs that do not require 100% precision, when you might have to run over the cut a few times.Originally Posted by Bevanger