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Thread: changing the blade in a rotary cutter

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    I am fairly new to this, and I want to know if I am supposed to wipe off the oil on the new blade when I am changing from a dull blade in my rotary cutter?

    I don't remember there being an excess of oil the first time I changed the blade. This is the second blade I have put in, and maybe my memory is just bad?

    Thanks for any help I can get.

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    I wipe the oil off very carefully, then after I get the new blade installed I run it through some batting scraps to remove any remaining oil since I wouldn't want the oil to get onto my fabrics. (:

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    I do the same as Connie - just a tip, don't know if you knew, if you turn a dull blade over an put it back in, you can use it for a while longer.

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    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.

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    I think the oil is to protect the blades in the packaging. I always CAREFULLY wipe the oil off. Yikes those new blades are sharp!!!

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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 a Clover and it has an L and an R on either side, apparently not all brands do that! :lol:

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    Thanks for the tips, I didn't know this!

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    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.

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    Okay, thanks. Off to clean the oil off. It is good to know that I can flip the old blade also, and keep ones I take off for future non-fabric work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I do the same as Connie - just a tip, don't know if you knew, if you turn a dull blade over an put it back in, you can use it for a while longer.
    Woo! Thanks for this! :D

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AtHomeSewing
    I wipe the oil off very carefully, then after I get the new blade installed I run it through some batting scraps to remove any remaining oil since I wouldn't want the oil to get onto my fabrics. (:
    that's what I do too.

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    I wash mine with dish liquid.

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    Awesome idea!! Thanks for this

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    I try to buy my blades when they are on sale, and usually buy the 5 pack. I find it very hard (and dangerous!) to seperate one blade from the others when I want to install a new one. How do you handle them?

    Sue

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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 do this too. Also, there is a place that I learned about here that you can send in your used blades and get a discount on new blades. They sell both Olfa and generic blades. Their prices were really really reasonable. I'll see if I can find the name.

    Added: Found it: http://www.lpsharp.com/3.html

    If you exchange 5 blades, and they don't have to be olfa, you can get new olfa blades for $3 each, minimum order of 5 and free shipping. Seems like a steal to me!

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    That would be great. By the way, I love your profile pic. Where is the picture from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindyjean
    That would be great. By the way, I love your profile pic. Where is the picture from?
    Thanks, it is the St Croix river which runs along the border between Minnesota and Wisconsin. It is one of my favorite places in the state. Just beautiful there.

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    I didnt realize you could turn them over and I also buy them on sale and try for the 5 pack

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    Thanks for that website.

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    Are the blades you buy from the website brand new in packages or are they blades they have re-sharpened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by k3n
    I do the same as Connie - just a tip, don't know if you knew, if you turn a dull blade over an put it back in, you can use it for a while longer.
    Wow I didn't know that. I seem to go through a LOT of blades. Has anyone used one of those sharpeners ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GladGrams
    Are the blades you buy from the website brand new in packages or are they blades they have re-sharpened?
    The website says you get brand new blades. You could always contact them to reconfirm this.

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    Tip: use a magnet to hold the blade while cleaning it.

    I also sharpen blades, hair clipper blades (pet and human) and scissors. I have a website but the rotary blades are not listed on it. PM me and I will give you my URL.

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    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

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