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Thread: I'm Butchering Fabric when I try to Cut

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    Senior Member quilt-fanatic's Avatar
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    Don't know what I'm doing wrong but I try to be careful, use sharp blade on rotary cutter along straight edge and it won't cut through the 2 layers of fabric! I end up going back over it and usually mess it up badly so I have to straighten edge and start over! Any hints on cutting a perfect straight edge?

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    check your rotary cutter.. You may have two blades stuck together. I happened to me and s it took a little while to figure that out. those blades sometimes stick together and you can not get a decent cut no matter what.

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    New blades are VERY hard to get apart if there are multiples in a package. I agree that it sounds like you have two in your cutter.

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    Also make sure blade is loose enough that it is rolling.
    Good luck !!

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    All good advice, don't forget to unlock your blade.

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    Two blades is the first thing I thought of. One way to get them apart is to stick a pin between them.

    If that isn't it, then you might be using one of the older cutting mats. I have two odler ones that are white, and they don't allow me to cut through everything like the newer self-healing mats do.

    It's got to be one of those two things. You came to the right place to talk about this! :thumbup:

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    I just had this problem, and it was two blades stuck together that were messing me up. I was SO frustrated! Don't know why I didn't figure it out sooner?

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    put cutter blade snuggly beside ruler, apply down pressure- roll up length of ruler- away from you=
    a little pressure is necessary- people tend to be a little afraid of their cutters at first- after awhile you will know how hard you need to press down to get a good cut- not very hard- but some pressure is necessary---and first check to make sure you have only one blade in...even Alex Anderson one time (on her television show) had 2 blades in and problems--trouble shooted on the air...good lesson...

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    As mentioned check for two blades.

    Also, check that you have the blade on the correct side of the cutter. It's easy to put it back together wrong.

    And try a new blade, just in case it's a bad blade.

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    put pressure down when cutting
    are u standing or sitting when cutting better to stand and cut
    are u helding your ruler tight enough so that u have the edge for leverage

    just my thoughts :D :D :D

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