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    Post dull! dull! dull!

    Some activities are easier for me when I remember to replace or get sharpened the following when they get dull or nicked!

    Rotary blades - and I wonder why it's a struggle to cut when I have table knives with sharper blades on them?
    Pins - they come in a variety of thicknesses - thicker ones are harder to push - real thin ones can bend
    Needles - don't know where or when I got the idea that they would never get dull!
    Scissors - even my Ginghers have gotten dull - and that was only cutting fabric with them!
    Seam rippers - many styles are comparatively inexpensive
    Thread cutters on sewing machines -
    x-acto blaces (for cutting template plastic)
    Single edge razor blades -
    Box cutter blades - for opening up our boxes of goodies
    Pencil sharpeners - (and pencils)

    We really do operate in a sharp-edged and pointy environment!

    Sharp tools (that are supposed to be shart) really are safer than dull ones!

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    I feel the same way, then when they're sharpened or replaced I wonder why I didn't think of it sooner.

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    I could always kick myself when I finally change the blade in my rotary cutter. And I always think "why didn't I do this earlier"? LOL I should know better by now!

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    Then there are the brand new titanium rotary blades that you nick the first time you use them. Two of them...first time used...Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!
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    "Rotary blades - and I wonder why it's a struggle to cut when I have table knives with sharper blades on them?"

    You are too funny! Now when I wonder if I should change blades I will think of your quote.

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    Oh boy can I relate!!!!

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    Ditto! I think we've all been there, at least once!!!!
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    It seems as though whenever I replace my rotary cutter blade and I think why did I not do this soon. Then the inevitable happens I nik my hand with it and I realize yes the new one is sharp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by loriea View Post
    It seems as though whenever I replace my rotary cutter blade and I think why did I not do this soon. Then the inevitable happens I nik my hand with it and I realize yes the new one is sharp.
    I have done that too! Gotta remember to sheathe that blade when it's not in use!!!!!

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    My pins are plenty sharp. Can't even begin to count the times I'm stabbed myself, while trying to smooth out already-pinned fabric! Maybe I need to be sharpened.
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    Yep, even the kitchen knives need to be sharpened to work well. Had a big family BBQ last weekend and I was cutting off the corn on the cob - figured it was easier on everybody if I cut it off for them ahead of time. I was actually "sawing" it off and my DH walks by and grabs my knife and runs it through his sharpener and then I was able to just slice it off - no more sawing. DUH!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    Yep, even the kitchen knives need to be sharpened to work well. Had a big family BBQ last weekend and I was cutting off the corn on the cob - figured it was easier on everybody if I cut it off for them ahead of time. I was actually "sawing" it off and my DH walks by and grabs my knife and runs it through his sharpener and then I was able to just slice it off - no more sawing. DUH!!!
    Mine would have made some comment - about why didn't I ASK him to sharpen the knives? Usually, he is really good about keeping the knives sharp. Every once in a while he makes some statement that I think is ridiculous - they are in the category of - gee, if you didn't use them for anything they would stay sharp longer. I usually try to avoid sawing through wire, granite, sandstone, etc. while I'm using the knives!

    I do consider the kitchen knives "mine" - even though other members of the household use them.

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    I agree with all of you, but I wait until I absolutely can't stand running my rotary cutter over a cut more than once, then I change. But usually it is only one spot of the blade that leaves just a few threads uncut.....and I try to convince myself that I can tolerate it.
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    I sharpen the blades before every cutting session and during. If you sharpen a sharp blade it lasts a long time. This sharpener makes it fast and easy: http://www.sewforless.com/item/Grace...Fcqe4Aod2lAASg It won't remove a nick in the blade though. I get a nick I toss the blade.

    I toss pins when I have to push them through fabric. Pins should glide. I use Clover Patchwork Pins. I use a pinmoor on every pin, I detest pin pricks. I usually use a new needle everytime when handsewing mostly because I can't find the one I used before. LOL. DH takes care of the better kitchen knives. For utility knives I toss and buy new. I'm not a make do type person if it isn't necessary.
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    Yup, I can spend scads of $$ on fabric but when it comes to the bare bones necessity of a sharp rotary blade......I know I've waited too long to change the flippin' blade when I could chew through it easier than use the rotary cutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I sharpen the blades before every cutting session and during. If you sharpen a sharp blade it lasts a long time. This sharpener makes it fast and easy: http://www.sewforless.com/item/Grace...Fcqe4Aod2lAASg It won't remove a nick in the blade though. I get a nick I toss the blade.

    I toss pins when I have to push them through fabric. Pins should glide. I use Clover Patchwork Pins. I use a pinmoor on every pin, I detest pin pricks. I usually use a new needle everytime when handsewing mostly because I can't find the one I used before. LOL. DH takes care of the better kitchen knives. For utility knives I toss and buy new. I'm not a make do type person if it isn't necessary.
    Bellamy you are the first person who I have heard like myself throws out pins when they don't glide through fabric. I made the comment on Friday and pele were shocked I hers pins away.
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    I also discard pins that won't go through fabric easily.

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    I recently bought a new package of the long quilting pins with the yellow heads. I bet that I threw out at least 10 of them! They didn't even have points. I think the machine that makes them was sick that day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinkiris View Post
    I recently bought a new package of the long quilting pins with the yellow heads. I bet that I threw out at least 10 of them! They didn't even have points. I think the machine that makes them was sick that day.
    I would have complained - oops - change that to - notified the store and the manufacturer that there were quality control issues with those pins. AND returned the whole package of pins to the store.

    Hey - if they don't know about it, they can't fix it!! They still may not fix it, buy you can probably get your money back!

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    Bearisgray you forgot one, How can I sharpen my mind. Do I just replace it, or live with it? There are some days where my mind just doesn't seem to work right? Does anyone know a solution. As for as blades, I just ordered a rotary blade sharpener from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/order-...=gno_yam_yrdrs, cause that blue manual one is a joke. I know none will handle nicks, but I can't see spending that much to replace blades constantly. I need to do better at not nicking it.

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    I have read recommendations that you put in a new needle at least every time you begin a new project. Probably the same for rotary cutter blade ... I have to admit I am too frugal (cheap) to do that because I really don't realize how dull the needles or blade have gotten until I change them. I keep thinking I can get a little more mileage out of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdieClay View Post
    I have read recommendations that you put in a new needle at least every time you begin a new project. Probably the same for rotary cutter blade ... I have to admit I am too frugal (cheap) to do that because I really don't realize how dull the needles or blade have gotten until I change them. I keep thinking I can get a little more mileage out of them.
    The usual recommendation for changing needles is after 8 hours of sewing. For me, that's much more often than at the start of a new project.
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    Everything does work better when it is sharper. I too wait too long to change a rotary blade, then wonder why I didn't do it sooner.

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