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Thread: How often do you replace your rotary blades?

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    I purchased my rotary cutter Mother's day weekend, and it already seems too be getting dull. I have to press a bit harder to make the cut.

    Is there a way to sharpen it? Or am I better off just replacing it?

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    I just wait till JoAnns has one of their super sales and get a couple extra blades really cheap...like 4 bucks
    I replace mine anytime I think it is getting dull...sometimes I feel like I can mess with it being dull and if I am doing alot of cutting I put in a new sharp blade.
    I do use my old blade on photos I have printed and some card and scrapbooking stuff...then throw it away.
    I also keep the little plastic thing it came in to use to dispose of it so no danger of anyone getting cut from it.
    Kirsten

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    I flip mine over before switching them Gets a few more miles out of it.

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    If you go to House of Hanson on the net, you'll find they have the best prices and no shipping and handling. If I remember right, you can get a pack of 10 Olfa blades for $33.00.

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    Walmart has blades for $4 but I still get only one quilt per blade, without using pressure....still use my wallpaper cutter to......a lot cheaper :D

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    When you have to start really putting alot of muscle into cutting the fabric, I'd say its time for a new blade.
    I use a friskars 8mm, I tried to use the bigger cutter I have a small hand and it just didn't work for me.
    One thing that is maddening is none of our walmarts carry 8mm blades anymore. I get two blades for $4.00 from hittle sewing supply. I just get $20.00 worth and that keeps me going for awhile.

    Keep it rocking,
    Donna Mae

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    I switch when it starts to leave uncut spots. I just changed one yesterday and WOW it's like cutting butter. What a treat!! :D :D :D

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    I noticed that sometimes I could cut quite a bit of fabric before the blade dulled and other times not so much. I think that we may get Friday/Monday blades sometimes :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    At a local quilt store, the owner is in love with a new blade sharpener. It uses a soapstone (I think that is the right type). She says it has worked better than any other one she has ever bought, ever. I think it runs about $20 -30.

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    A friend of mine told me to not throw away my blades. She said to save them and use two at a time in your cutter. Chances are they won't have nicks or wear inthe same spot so you will be cutting smoothly again.

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