Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 26 to 40 of 40

Thread: changing the blade in a rotary cutter

  1. #26

    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    arizona
    Posts
    55
    I gray tape mine when i am reddy to through them out.
    I keep a couple for paper .I have a rotary cutter just
    for that.nobody gets cut.

  2. #27
    Super Member Olivia's Grammy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Fayetteville, GA
    Posts
    2,881
    Blog Entries
    1
    I've never found that turning the blade over helped. I've heard of the used blades exchange, but never tried it. I buy my blades in the 5 pack when they are on 40% or 50% off. I have used the sharpening tool, but did not find it successful. Had DH do the sharpening, thinking I was doing it right.

  3. #28
    Super Member fireworkslover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Posts
    1,643
    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    Just pay attention, if your blade leaves little pieces of lint all over and just doesn't seem to be working quite right, check to make sure you don't have two blades stuck together. been there, done that.
    Ha ! I did this very thing when I changed blades when I started a new project. It took me a bit before I realized I had two blades in my cutter. I couldn't figure out why I was getting so many fuzzy pieces when I trimmed my block after I sewed a piece on. Dah! In all the years I've used a rotary cutter, I'd not done this before. :roll:

  4. #29
    Member boopeterson's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    nw iowa
    Posts
    43
    I go to a J. Hittle website to order my rotary blades. I can get generic blades 10/$14.90. I have ordered serveral things from this site. http://www.jhittlesewing.com/sewing/catalog.php

  5. #30
    Super Member JoanneS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    AZ and CT
    Posts
    4,886
    Blog Entries
    1
    Quote Originally Posted by annkathryn
    I was told to leave the oil on, makes the blade last longer.
    I have purchased blades from lpsharp, all the time. The used ones, to me don't last as long, as new ones, but in this economy, save where you can.
    Ann
    Ditto - this is what LPSharp recommends, and it makes sense. Wheels need grease to turn smoothly, and rotary blades are small wheels. You can 'clean' the part of the blade that cuts the fabric by running it through a couple layers of scraps before cutting your 'good' fabric. I've NEVER damaged my fabric with oil from a blade - and it's on the edge of the seam allowance anyway!

  6. #31
    Super Member fireworkslover's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    St. Cloud, Minnesota
    Posts
    1,643
    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.

  7. #32
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Oregon City, OR
    Posts
    876
    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.

  8. #33
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    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.

  9. #34
    Member rnjoy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Middle of the Mitten
    Posts
    34
    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

  10. #35
    Senior Member schwanton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    PA
    Posts
    356
    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!

  11. #36
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,957
    I guess I didn't know to remove it so I never did. It didn't cause any problems.

  12. #37
    Super Member mjsylvstr's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Spring Lake, NJ
    Posts
    2,450
    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.

  13. #38
    Super Member CraftsByRobin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH
    Posts
    1,152
    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!

  14. #39
    Super Member JoanneS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    AZ and CT
    Posts
    4,886
    Blog Entries
    1
    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.

  15. #40
    Super Member mpeters1200's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Location
    Omaha, NE
    Posts
    1,624
    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.

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.