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    Super Member Carol W's Avatar
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    I don't change my rotary blade more often.

    I've been struggling with cutting for the last 5 projects. I finally decided that I had enough and changed the blade today.

    Now it cuts like a knife through butter!!!

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    thanks for the reminder! ;-)

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    I do the same thing. I wait until the edges look I chewed them off and then I finally change the blade!

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    I am just like you. I have no idea why I procrastinate, know that changing it would make it cut so much better. I think the cost of the blades may pay a part in it, though. Maybe we feel like we have to get every last little cut before we throw them away.

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    If you also remember to oil your rotary cutter when your rotary cutter is getting clogged with lint, it will stay sharper longer. I take mine apart often and oil the blade and plastic as soon as see lint built-up around the blade. Just a light film of oil does it, you don't want it to be sloppy with oil.

    I hesitate to change my blades because they are so expensive to buy. Nowadays you can sharpen them yourself or you can go to Harbor Freight Tools and buy blades to fit the 45mm rotary cutter for set of blades for just $2.00. So at $1 apiece I change my blades a lot more often.

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    Me too!!!! I try to get as much use out of a blade as possible.

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    I haven't been able to get my hands on any of the Harbor Freight blades, but I did buy a big lot of 45mm blades on eBay. So I have 50 - well 49 now - brand new name brand Olfa blades happily hanging on the inside of my fabric cabinet door.

    BTW I paid $31 including shipping for my lot. Sometimes when you are not able to find one thing, you find something even better.

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    I don't change mine enough either.

    But before I throw it away I turn it around and use the other side of the blade it works a little.

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    I know why we procrastinate - blades are so blasted expensive that we feel the need to get the very last possible cut out of one before pitching it. I even use a blade sharpener to extend the blade for another project or 2. I do turn the blade over when it begins to act up. Works fine - gives more life than before I heard about this trick. I have another rotary cutter that I use only for cutting paper pieceditems when I need to cut the paper too. I also have my original Olfa that I put the really dull blades in to cut paper only.

    I am not really that green - just gripes me to have to pay so much for blades. Try to get them at Hobby Lobby with 40% coupon, but I have to remember to get there early or they are all gone.

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    I boughtn a lot of Olfa blades a couple of years ago. I payed 24.00 with shipping for 50 blades. I don't think I will have to purchase anymore in the near future. I must say I had to buy the HF blades to try. If I ever do run out of Olfas I will relace them with the HF. They are every bit as good as the Olfas.

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    I've just gotten in the habit of cutting each stroke twice. I had no idea the blade would dull so quickly, but then I thought about how much I've used it in the few months since I've had it. Is that about how long you all get out of a blade before it needs replacing or sharpening?

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    Way to go. You really scored.

    You have to keep up with Harbor Freight Tools to get them. The stores around us get a Wednesday delivery and when I need them I call every Thursday morning until I get them. They don't seem to order more than 12 packs at a time, so they are usually gone in one felled swoop when they get them in.

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    Does anyone use the rotary blade sharpener?

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    I do! It extends the life for at least one project and somtimes more!

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    Thanks for thew reminder. I always wait too long to check my blades and change my needles!

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    I also use my rotary sharpener all the time. It's amazing how a few turns on the sharpener helps me cut better. I just think blades are really expensive so anything I can do to save money (buy more fabrics!) makes me quite happy!

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    Oh geezzzzzz I'm so bad about blades and needles!! I try to get every last smidgen out of them. Silly but true.
    Funny thing, I have no problem buying and buying and buying more fabric!! :D

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    I too don't change my blades oftern enough....right now Im dealing with a needle on my machine that no longer has a point on it at all....but I buried the new needles in a crate that is at the bottom of my closet. Tonight I put a post it note on the machine that says..."Change Needle".

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Oh geezzzzzz I'm so bad about blades and needles!! I try to get every last smidgen out of them. Silly but true.
    Funny thing, I have no problem buying and buying and buying more fabric!! :D
    Me too, but you can't use your fabric over and over again! It's a one shot thing! Sooooo, we must be prepared for anything by having a stock of supplies. That includes fabric & more fabric. If the manufacturers wouldn't keep coming out with such wonderful choices for us, we might not have such a hard time resisting the temptation!

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    I always put off changing my blade too. Laziness, frugality, not wanting to fool with a loose sharp edged object. I pay for my procrastination though, with fighting to cut the fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maries
    Does anyone use the rotary blade sharpener?
    I have used the cheaper one and the one that cost $30+ dollars. It does extend the life of your blade, but it takes time to do each one right. Getting the blades really cheaply on Ebay, as several people have said they did, or getting them from Harbor Freight Tools is a lot less hassle.

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    I'm right there with you! I think it's such a hassle to change it, line the screw up just the right way, etc. If only they made a quick release blade system.

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    If you go on line to try to find Harbor Freight for those blades, do a search for Pack of 2 Carpet Cutter Replacement Blades
    once you're on their site :)

    Also to extend the life of your blade: wad up a piece of tin foil and roll you blade over it a bunch of times :)

    Quote Originally Posted by mac
    If you also remember to oil your rotary cutter when your rotary cutter is getting clogged with lint, it will stay sharper longer. I take mine apart often and oil the blade and plastic as soon as see lint built-up around the blade. Just a light film of oil does it, you don't want it to be sloppy with oil.

    I hesitate to change my blades because they are so expensive to buy. Nowadays you can sharpen them yourself or you can go to Harbor Freight Tools and buy blades to fit the 45mm rotary cutter for set of blades for just $2.00. So at $1 apiece I change my blades a lot more often.

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    I use mine a long as can...which is really stupid on my part..since i am thinking the whole time..change the blade...the other day my large rotery blade cracked in tooo!!!!! Ever had that happen ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by sheila bee
    I use mine a long as can...which is really stupid on my part..since i am thinking the whole time..change the blade...the other day my large rotery blade cracked in tooo!!!!! Ever had that happen ????
    Wow, You must really press hard!! Hope you didn't get cut.

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