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Thread: Rotary Cutter Blades

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    I know this has been mentioned in the past, but this is for the newbies. You can purchase carpet cutting blades at Harbor Freight stores or most stores that carry carpet cutting supplies. They will fit your medium size cutters but not small cutters. I bought 2 blades at Harbor Freight for $1.49. Check it out!

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    this is the link online and they have stores, see if there is a store in your area

    http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...=carpet+blades

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    In the past couple of weeks or 3, they have increased their prices in many places around the country to 1.99.
    See, quilters DO have an impact on the "regular" world!
    :)

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    Ordered them on line over a month ago. Still waiting for them. Back ordered, they say. I think they are shipping to stores before filling their on-line orders. Luckily, I can wait them out. (They sent me a card saying I could cancel the order if I didn't want to wait). FAT CHANCE. Then I'd have to pay the higher price for them. Guess this is the law of Supply and Demand.

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    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".

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    When I got mine home, I put one of the blades in my 45mm cutter, and it works great for me. I cut 4 doubled FQs, making 8 layers, and had no problems with it.

    I'll have to see when I use the other ones.
    But so far it's fine.


    Quote Originally Posted by sewitseams
    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".

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    I went to our Harbor Freight and they were 1.99 for two. They only had one pkg. When I went on line to order they are on back order. It doesn't surprise me as all quilters are on to it. I wonder when they will up the price.

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    I think they already did. A few months ago when this whole thing started, with someone posting about the less expensive blades, they were 1.49 for a package of 2.
    Since then, they have gone up to 1.99.
    I don't think the blades will EVER go up as high as the "quilting" blades, because Harbor Freight and hardware stores still have to sell to the contractor and home improvement trade, and that bunch will never pay 9.00 per each blade - !!!



    Quote Originally Posted by Mary Lou
    I went to our Harbor Freight and they were 1.99 for two. They only had one pkg. When I went on line to order they are on back order. It doesn't surprise me as all quilters are on to it. I wonder when they will up the price.

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    TooMuchFabric, love the avatar photo of the crochet doily. Is it from a book or did you make it? Love that pattern.
    I have one more harbour freight store to check in Spokane for the blades.

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    Thank you ever so much for this tip!! I just placed an order :thumbup:

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    Thanks!
    The doily is about 18" across or so, and comes from an old reprint of an old (I think) Laura Wheeler newspaper item, from a set of "seashell" motif doily patterns.
    It was originally intended for something like a size 20 or 30 thread and a size 12 hook, like that,
    but I used Size 10 crochet thread and a straight-shank Size B (smallest size for yarn) hook.


    Quote Originally Posted by adrianlee
    TooMuchFabric, love the avatar photo of the crochet doily. Is it from a book or did you make it? Love that pattern.
    I have one more harbour freight store to check in Spokane for the blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewitseams
    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".
    I've been using a Harbor Freight "carpet cutter" for a little over two weeks (cutting fabric for two different quilts) and it still cuts like a hot knife through butter. I was fortunate to purchase 12 packages at $1.49 each package from two different HF stores, using a 20% off coupon! Bottom line, each package cost me (with tax) $1.29. I shared my bounty with the members of my bee.

    Sewitseams, I don't mean to be a "smarta--", but did you put only one of the blades into your rotary cutter? The two blades in the package were a little difficult to separate. Belles

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    I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM. I KEPT THINKING NO WAY COULD I HAVE IT IN BACKWARDS.....BUT I TRIED TURNING IT AROUND...GUESS WHAT !!! IT NOW WORKS. I NOW LOVE THE BLADE. TRY TURNING IT AROUND. I GUESS THEY HAVE A RIGHT SIDE TO THEM.

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    After reading about them here, I hunted up a store and was able to get 6 packs.
    Thanks

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    thanks for telling us

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    Our HF just went up to $1.99, but still cheap!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewitseams
    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".
    Make sure you didn't accidentally put 2 blades in together. That is the only time I've heard of them skipping. I've been using mine for almost a month now and it is still cutting great. Mine easily cut thru 8 layers when it was newer. It still easily cuts thru 4 layers, and thru 8 but I have to go over it a couple of times since I've been using it so long and so much. I have cut out 2 full quilts with it over the last month, and a wall hanging. I am starting on the third quilt, and it's still cutting.

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    Also, try turning the blade around (over?) and see if you think it cuts a bit longer. Sometimes this works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewitseams
    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".
    Well sewitseams, you certainly received a plethora of suggestions on the carpet cutters aka rotary cutter blades. Hope one of the suggestions work for you because it's such a great cost saver. Although now that word got out to quilters (mostly women), don't be surprised if the powers who be (mostly men) allow the price to sky rocket. Belles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Belles
    Although now that word got out to quilters (mostly women), don't be surprised if the powers who be (mostly men) allow the price to sky rocket. Belles
    I'm hoping this won't happen, at least not as high as quilters' blades, because the hardware stores sell these cutters and blades to contractors and home improvements types, who are not going to stand for carpet blades to go to 9.00 a blade!
    So maybe that will keep down the price for us quilters!
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    Good heavens. I don't recall seeing this posted before but I'm certainly taking advantage of the great find. Thank you so much. I just ordered 6 pks. That is 12 blades and it is costing me just a little under $20. Can't beat that with a stick!! LOL I shouldn't need more blades for at least 5 yrs. I still have some others that I can use while waiting for the back order to be filled. We can all be really happy cutters!!! More money for fabric, right gals!!!

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    The price going up 30% is a negative impact. A good thing I bought enough to last me a life time. Most of us bought bunches. Wait until they find out that the gold rush is over and only a few stragglers are still buying.

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    And I'm wanting to be a fly on the wall when the contractors come in all gritty and grimy from the job and want to know what's with the price hike. D'ya think the store manager will say, "Well, it's like this, these ladies/guys came in here all about blades for their rotary cutters for sewing and bought us out, so we raised the price due to quilters and you guys are caught in it."

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilla
    The price going up 30% is a negative impact. A good thing I bought enough to last me a life time. Most of us bought bunches. Wait until they find out that the gold rush is over and only a few stragglers are still buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewitseams
    i stopped at our harbor freight outlet last saturday. they had only one package of the blades and charged me $1.99. tried one when i got home. did not like it. i guess it didn't fit well in olfa handle or something, because it kept skipping . . . i tried two layers, four layers and six layers of fabric. it just would not work. oh well, so much for that "good deal".
    Could you possibly have had two blades stuck together? I had this happen once until I discovered the problem. Also, I once put the screw back on but on the wrong side of cutter. Would not cut until I reversed sides.

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    Thank you, and God bless.

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