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Thread: machine for cutting strips

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    Has anyone seen the little machine that cuts strips? And little it is. Walmart has one ($50) that cuts strips from 1/2" to 2 1/2". I'm going to get one if only to see how it operates. It just really has my curiousity up. Does anyone have one? I'd love to hear what you think of it. Glenda

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    Please let us know what you think of it. Sounds interesting.

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    what is the brand? I have read that the Simplicity takes a lot of learning time and is not as easy as the demo looks.
    So what is the brand.

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    I'll have to stop by there and see who makes it.

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    If it's like the bias tape maker, the time you save in the actual process is taken up in the set up. Good luck with it.

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    i couldn't find a $50 one online, but i did find this one... anyone use this?
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Edmunds-St...ipper/10660901

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    A friend got one as a gift and asked me to try it out. I can cut with my rotary cutter much faster. You have to be careful, one little wobble and its out of the guide giving irregular results. IMO its not worth the money. Friend may like it as she doesn't use the ruler and rotary much.

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    I had the simplicity one and only used it once. I much prefer to cut with my rotary cutter. I got it as a gift when they first came out and were pricey. It sat on a shelf for a couple of years and just sold it to get it out of the way.

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    I've heard mostly negative things about it.

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    I have heard poor reviews...

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    I bought one at a Walmart nearby, returned it once, because something was wrong with it, then got a good one and had to return it. I do not recommend this machine. When I put the fabric through it, the fabric travelled all over the place, and would not cut a strip straight for the life of me. I recommend taking your $50 and buying some cute fabric with it.

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    Mine sits in the closet. I find it just as fast or faster using my rotary cutter.

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    I bought one made by Fiskars when I first began to make quilts because I was intimidated by the rotary cutter. Within a week, however, I discovered I could cut more quickly and ACCURATELY using my rotary cutter. The strip cutter was a total waste of money.

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    I have one, but I must confess I have had it for 2 years and never taken it out of the box....Sure looks good in my sewing cupboard though:)....

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    My Christmas present last year was an AccuquiltGo cutter which I am using constantly. While it was an expensive and the additional blades are not cheap either, if one plays with junk fabric?? one can make all kinds of shapes. My most beneficial is the 2-1/2 inch strip cutter which cuts three strips (from salage to salvage). Of course I double up two pieces of fabric at the same time and come up with 12 accurate strips. Waste I intentionally make at 1 inch and throw into scrap quilts. If I do not want strips, then I cross the strips vertically and cut 2-1/2 again, making perfect squares. (Hearsay is that those who have the BabyGo cutter have not been very pleased.)

    It works great on coordinating fabrics. I go straight from cutter to the machine and it is done.

    Of course, the best advantage is the fact that I have arthritis in my hands and this alleviates all that. Good luck in finding what you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i couldn't find a $50 one online, but i did find this one... anyone use this?
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Edmunds-St...ipper/10660901
    I see it did not get great reviews. I think I will pass.

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    Great info! I too have wondered how well they work.

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    OK...Time for a new question. How many of you were responding about this one? It is definitely not the one I was asking about. If it is an electric one please let me know because I think the one I saw is electric. Thanks again.

    [quote=TonnieLoree]
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan
    i couldn't find a $50 one online, but i did find this one... anyone use this?
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Edmunds-St...ipper/10660901

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    I picked up the one they have at Walmart when it was steeply discounted at JoAnn's... I'm so glad I didn't pay full price for it... it's awful! It didn't cut straight or consistently and was much more trouble than rotary cutting... and I hate cutting, so that's saying something. I thought it would save time and money (by avoiding wasted fabric due to ruler slippage or just bad cutting) and it did the exact opposite. :(

    I tossed it in the trash.

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    Love, love, love my Accuquilt Studio for cutting everything including strips. Be careful....I've heard and read poor reviews on the Simplicity strip cutter.

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    I bought the Simplicity one at Walmart just to cut fast strips to wrap around clothesline to make the fabric bowls. the strips don't have to be accurate for that. It's hard for me to get the accuracy needed for quilting using the machine. It's great for rag rugs, crocheting strips, latch hooking, etc. It wasn't intended for quilting but for crafting.

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    I bought one and used it for about 15 minutes and prompty returned it! It was very hard to control the fabric and cut a straight line. I use my June Tailor 12 inch ruler with 1/2 inch slots and I love it! I like to make strips.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nycbgirl
    I bought one and used it for about 15 minutes and prompty returned it! It was very hard to control the fabric and cut a straight line. I use my June Tailor 12 inch ruler with 1/2 inch slots and I love it! I like to make strips.
    I got the Simpilicty one at JoAnns with a coupon. Was very excited. Set it up and tried to cut. You have to be very careful how you feed it as it goes wobly (is that a word). I put it back in the box and have not used it since. I use my June Tailor ruler, which I love. There may be a way to keep everything straight, but I am not sure how. Didn't take it back so now sits in my closet. Maybe I will try it again sometime, but not now. I think it's a waste of money. I want the big June Tailor ruler. I have two of her rulers and think they work better. As was said maybe I'll use it for crafts. BrendaK

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    I bought a June Tailor shape cut pro....it is a large mat with slits in it every 1/2"....you just put your rotary cutter at the beginning of the slot and cut....all lines are totally straight....strips cut to whatever wih you want and no waste......cuts strips in seconds......one of my best buys...wouldn't be without mine.
    .... gather with coupons they can be found quite cheaply.

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    Don't buy one. I got one and I used it once and then I got rid of it. To hard to cut and work with.

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