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Thread: How often

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    I am not sure if I have asked this in the past or if there is another topic on this. So if I am repeating I'm sorry.
    How often do you change your rotary blades? I know right know we have a topic going about where to buy them. Maybe I should have asked this question there.

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    I change mine whenever it gets a nick or otherwise no longer cuts well.

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    Only when I have to and then wonder why I waited so long.

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    I agree, when I notice it not cutting well it's time to replace it, I don't think you can give a time frame, it just depends how much cutting you have done.

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    Yep...only when I have to, I am such a cheapskate sometimes!

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    when needed.

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    When I remember where I put them.

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    When I have to press harder with each cut. I then flip the blade and add a drop of oil to it. This seems to bring life back to it for awhile longer. I can do this when I don't drop an open cutter onto the ceramic tile floor..... :thumbdown:

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    I'm right along with everyone else. I change blades when I no longer get a good cut.

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    When I have to go over the fabric more then once :wink:

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    not often enough, when I realize I'm really pressing to go thru 4 layers or if it skips. and ALWAYS when I change I saw WOW! that's so nice. You know the "professionals" say to change needles and rotary cutter blades at the beginning of each new project. that would be nice but us regular folks don't have sponsors to furnish them!

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    I cut alot of fabric and have found that I change mine every other day.
    If I wait longer then it gives me fits!

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    Have any of you used the sharpeners that are out there for the blades? Do they work?

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    I keep useing mine untill it doesn't cut well if there are a lot of missed threads say I will replace it or just turn it around. use that side for a while then change to a new blade.
    It all depend on how often you use your cutter and how many differnt ones you have.

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    when my table knives are sharper than my rotary blades :?

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    Most of my quilts are lap size and I change blades about every other quilt. I do keep the old ones and resharpen them to use for fleece, trimming and other craft projects.

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    I have not gotten the sharpener and wonder too if that works well or not?

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    I change mine when it starts skipping and I get frustrated.

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    I resharpen mine but they don't get a really good edge on them. I see a new style in Nancy's Notions that you don't evern need to take the blade out of the handle to sharpen. Has anyone tried it out?

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    I have one of those sharpeners. It helps some but it it never as sharp as a new blade. I think I gave around $32.00 for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MzMcKee
    Have any of you used the sharpeners that are out there for the blades? Do they work?
    I have a sharpener. It works okay once, but I found it doesn't bring them back to original sharpness. Replacing is the best thing.

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    Not often enough!

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    I use titanium blades and they last a very long time.

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    I have a sharpener for my blades and try to sharpen them a couple times. When they no longer cut well through several layers of fabric I change it. There is no set time, I hate when it starts skipping and doesn't give me a nice cut.

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    I replace mine when it is "skipping" and I need to go over it more than once. Of course, when you run over a pin that is hiding on your cutting board ( :thumbdown: :thumbdown: ) that does not help.

    I did purchase one of those sharpeners at JoAnns - the small rotary one - in hopes of when I AM a dummy and manage to run over a pin I could reclaim the blade a bit. It doesn not work badly but never as well as a new blade.

    I just bought a stack of new blades from

    http://jhittlesewing.funoverload.com...new_items.html

    They work great and a lot less expensive than retail. I will change them more frequently now!!

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