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    I am a believer.

    I just changed rotary blade. Enuff said

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    Hi,

    I was at a quilt camp this past week end and we discussed why is it we wait so long to change that blade? Each time we do we marvel at the difference in cutting! Enuff said!

    I change my machine needle all the time, but struggle with a dull blade for a while.....difference in replacement price maybe?

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    Stock up on blades when you find a good sale. I often buy a dozen or two and then it is not so painful when you need to change them. You'll cut so much better and it is also much safer to cut with a sharp blade as you are not using as much pressure and force which could result in a nasty cut to you.
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    It is amazing that we will spend up to $12/yd for fabric with hardly batting an eye and then put the brakes on when it comes to replacing a rotary blade. Most of us probably live near a Joann's where they have at least a 40% off coupon weekly that we can use on a blade and if you can afford to get a five pack - much better for you than a six pack!

    In fact Joanns has a 5 pack of 45 mm blades on sales this week for I believe $16.99 and it is also Military appreciation and if you have Military ID you get an additonal 20% off of regular and sale priced items!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnil458 View Post
    I just changed rotary blade. Enuff said
    LOL!!!!!

    Yep, duh, as I slap heel of hand to forehead!!
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    I finally changed my blade. I have been cutting a Lemoine star out using Marty Mitchell templates with engineered corners. I can't believe how much easier it was cutting. Just whip me with a wet noodle.

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    Blades can often be found on eBay at a reasonable price.

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    Amen Sister!!!
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    I changed my blade yesterday because it started skipping. I just changed it last month and I haven't done a tremendous amount of cutting. I have a sufficient supply of blades that I shouldn't hesitate to change my blade when I feel like I should. Just too cheap!!!
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    I broke down and bought one of those linear blade sharpeners, works on any size blade and almost every style of rotary cutter. Here is a link to the product page at the Grace Company, who makes it. I got a great deal for mine on Amazon. It won't get out nicks or repair a damaged blade, but it will sharpen one that's just gotten dull. Blades are expensive, I want to make mine last as long as possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraplady View Post
    I broke down and bought one of those linear blade sharpeners, works on any size blade and almost every style of rotary cutter. Here is a link to the product page at the Grace Company, who makes it. I got a great deal for mine on Amazon. It won't get out nicks or repair a damaged blade, but it will sharpen one that's just gotten dull. Blades are expensive, I want to make mine last as long as possible!

    http://www.graceframe.com/site/rotar...inea-sharpener
    That looks like an interesting set up! I had the Tru Sharp rotary blade sharpener and I wasn't too impressed with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scraplady View Post
    I broke down and bought one of those linear blade sharpeners, works on any size blade and almost every style of rotary cutter. Here is a link to the product page at the Grace Company, who makes it. I got a great deal for mine on Amazon. It won't get out nicks or repair a damaged blade, but it will sharpen one that's just gotten dull. Blades are expensive, I want to make mine last as long as possible!

    http://www.graceframe.com/site/rotar...inea-sharpener
    I checked and you must have bought the last one from Amazon! lol

    maybe they'll get some more in.

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    oops!! just found them on Amazon. Sorry. I ordered one and hopefully it will save a few blades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garysgal View Post
    I checked and you must have bought the last one from Amazon! lol

    maybe they'll get some more in.
    It was a few months ago, and I thought Amazon was where I found it, but I have been known to be wrong before on at least a couple of occasions! I had looked a while to find the best price. Couldn't find one locally. If you do a search you can probably find one for less than the $40. I'm pretty sure I paid $29.99 and got free shipping, just wish I could remember who I ordered it from.
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    A friend of mine gave me a blade to try from Harbor Freight and it worked just as good as the name brands. She paid $1.99 for 2 blades. I couldn't believe it until I went there and saw it for myself. They are used for cutting carpet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adnil458 View Post
    I just changed rotary blade. Enuff said
    I just did recently as well, I am amazed at the difference!!
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    I can feel your pain...and your relief!

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    Its amazing how well they cut after a blade change isn't it? I just changed mine too. I had to learn how to cut all over again. No won't my self healing cutting board won't heal. hehehehe!
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    Yeah, wondered why my flannel(200 sqs for rag quilts) was getting hard to cut. Duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auntpiggylpn View Post
    I changed my blade yesterday because it started skipping. I just changed it last month and I haven't done a tremendous amount of cutting. I have a sufficient supply of blades that I shouldn't hesitate to change my blade when I feel like I should. Just too cheap!!!
    Sounds like a dead spot in your mat rather than the blade.

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    Does anyone have one of those new electric blade sharpeners? Are they worth the money?

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    I would like to hear more about dead spots in a mat. I have two very old mats and have been wondering about whether they are the ones causing more problems than old blades. But I have not been buying cheap blades either.

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    I bought the electric TrueSharp from Amazon a few months ago. I found it is best to use the coarse stone first a couple times before using the fine stone. It does a nice job but it takes time....what I do is sharpen a few at a time, asembly line fashon. I discovered the cutting mat makes a BIG difference. Those white mats that are sold by Joann Fabrics are way too rough on the blades and actually dull them faster. Olfa and Fiskar mats are better, but I found this Big Mat at a sew expo (also available at www.seweasyproducts.com) It has an extra smooth surface with a 5-yr. warranty. The mats come in several sizes, too. My blades actually stay sharp a lot longer. Hope this helps.

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    LOL Yeppers change a blade ? what ???? no way just one more cut out of it !LOL
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    Always sharpen a sharp blade. I sharpen my blade before it gets dull and always before I use it for a lot of cutting. I use the Grace sharpener. I will change a blade at the first sign of a skip. Usually a blade that I keep sharp will last for months of cutting.
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