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Thread: changing the blade in a rotary cutter

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    Super Member fireworkslover's Avatar
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    I read somewhere to put a drop of sewing machine oil on your rotary cutter when you change the blade. Put it close to the middle of the width of the blade, on the side that rests against the plastic of the cutter. This helps lubricate it, so it cuts easier. I've not been aware of any oil getting on my fabric, after all it's just one drop and I use a 60mm blade.

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    I have tried sharpening blades - didn't work. DH tried and broke the blade, so have given up on sharpening. Will have to try turning blade over. Always go for a 5 pack as they are less expensive that way.

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    I've never taken the oil off any of my blades. Hubby thought that the wheel needed to be lubricated or it could melt the cutter. While I do not cut in the speed of light, I have always left the oil on. I like the idea about the drop of machine oil on the cutter itself.

    I find that I change my blade just like my sewing machine needle. After every big project or 2 smaller ones. This year, I want to experiment in table runners, so maybe after 4 of those, we shall see.

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    I think the oil on the blades is the same as the sewing machine oil and doesn't seem to stain the fabric. I have tried a sharpener and it helped a little but certainly not like a new blade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltsbybarb
    I wipe the oil off, too, so it doesn't get on the fabric. I am going to have to try turning over the blade.

    Did you know if you are left handed the blade goes on the opposite side of the rotary cutter? As a lefty, I didn't know this for the first couple of years I quilted.
    I have to smile at this. I am a lefty and just discovered this last week. I thought I was really something!

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    I guess I didn't know to remove it so I never did. It didn't cause any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maride
    I clean it well before using. Another thing I always do is to put the old back into the package of the new one and write on it: Used. I keep it. If there is something non fabric to cut, like paper, cardboard, and in one case a piece of screen when we had to change the screen on the screen door, I bring it out and use it. I put it back into the package and discard it. Is amazing how many times the kids need to use a rotary cutter. I wonder what they did before I quilted.
    I have two cutters...one is marked for paper only and it has it's own storage case..all the older blades go there........
    and the other cutter, I keep a date on it when I put in a new blade blade......

    It sure is amazing how many other uses come up for mom's cutter.

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    I'm really new to all this and appreciate the tip ... I had bought my cutter a LONG time ago, and it got a bit of moisture/rust ... wonder if there is a way to fix it to use it? Blades are SO expensive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CraftsByRobin
    I'm really new to all this and appreciate the tip ... I had bought my cutter a LONG time ago, and it got a bit of moisture/rust ... wonder if there is a way to fix it to use it? Blades are SO expensive!
    It's not worth the chance you'll take on cutting yourself, even though I agree they're expensive. Use a JoAnn's coupon, or buy them at lpsharp's website. Google lpsharp - or most likely someone else will post it.

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    To all of those who have Hancock's by you, in this months ad running until April 18th, 5 pack Olfa blades for 14.99.....you can see where I'll be going. They were sold out when I went yesterday

    They also have the j.Tailor press and cut for the same price and the 4 pack square ruler combo that's normally 32.99 for 14.99 as well.

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