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    New Cutter Advice

    My Olfa 60mm cutter has started leaving 3-4 uncut threads every time it's used,even with a new blade.So time for a new cutter. Have a couple other sizes,so has to be the 60mm size.
    What brand do you like & why? Does anyone use the Ergo? Safety is a factor.Thanks for your help.
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    Interesting. This is the same thing that happened to me this week...60 mm Olfa cutter, new blade, but leaves an uncut span of a few threads. I have to go over the cut every time. Is it really the cutter or could it be a defective blade?
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    I could be your mat that need replacing. A new blade should make the cutter almost like new. I rarely use a 60 mm cutter so not familiar with that size. I like the Olfa Ergo rotary cutter.
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    contact customer service at Olfa and ask their advice.

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    It could be a defective blade, but I would check the mat first. cut in an area that you normally don't use. or flip it over.
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    Is your mat older? I just had the same issue, but the mat I was using has seen its share of work over the years and I think the older mat affects the cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandrab64 View Post
    Interesting. This is the same thing that happened to me this week...60 mm Olfa cutter, new blade, but leaves an uncut span of a few threads. I have to go over the cut every time. Is it really the cutter or could it be a defective blade?
    I had a pkg of 5 blades recieved as a gift.Just put a new blade in last wk,still have one left. Need to cut a lot of small pieces & this having to go back over uncut threads is a pain.
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    I would tend to believe it is the cutting mat and not the blades

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    my mat is old with deep cuts, so i get the uncut threads all of the time. when i use my other mat, the blade works just fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rebeljane View Post
    I would tend to believe it is the cutting mat and not the blades
    Thanks all. I tried a new mat,didn't help,so has to be the blade.With a Joanns coupon,a new cutter makes sense.
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    I buy a new cutting mat when mine gets cuts and scratches I don't deal with it for fabric cutting. I reuse it for crafts, gluing, cutting batting and when the time comes to toss it I do.
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    There's no logic to this, but I found my 60mm cutter seemed to dull much more quickly than my 45mm. As a result, the only time I ever use the 60mm is when I'm cutting fleece or something else ridiculously thick. I get much more mileage out of my 45mm.
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    Definitely the mat. When cutting in old ruts they leave threads.
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    I would tend to think that it is the mat too, unless you get the exact same threads uncut at exactly the same distance apart as the blade turns. For example, if the circumference of the blade is 4" you would get uncut threads exactly 4" apart at each rotation.
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    Bought the Fiskars Titanium 66mm. Already have smaller Fiskars,will see how it does.With new cutter,new mat,all should be well.

    http://www.joann.com/fiskars-60mm-ti...prd_10805216a/
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    Are you sure you have just one blade on the cutter? Mine did this when I had changed blades and accidently added two!
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    How can it be the cutter itself as this is. Only there to hold the blade in place. It must be the blades that have a nick on as they are faulty unless you have knocked the edge at some time getting them out of the box. Guess how I know this. I couldn't get them out so used a pair of scissors which nicked the edge so everyone had a nick in the same place.
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    I would vote that its the matt... turn it over and try the back...

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    the blades are so oily and do stick together. i've put two in and cut badly due to that. Check that only one blade is in the cutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandrab64 View Post
    Interesting. This is the same thing that happened to me this week...60 mm Olfa cutter, new blade, but leaves an uncut span of a few threads. I have to go over the cut every time. Is it really the cutter or could it be a defective blade?
    Me too. New blade won't cut through 2 layers completely.
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    Why will no one believe me that too often the Olfa cutters and blades from Joanns are "second rate citizens?? I have seen this over and over and over through the years. I promise!!! I've taught a lot of classes and can tell every time someone has a problem with a new blade that, before I even ask them, they have bought the blade from Joanns/Walmart/Hancock.
    I can't prove it.
    The "experts" swear it isn't true.
    The web sites deny it.
    But experience is a great teacher, and my 30 years experience tells me to avoid buying these from them in order to avoid frustration. Hancocks of Paducah (not the same as the chain store Hancock) sells Olfa blades in packages of 10 for a decent price and have a sale every year or more.

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    Thanks for the heads up Jan. Just bought a new package of 5 today from Joanne's (before I read this). I will be paying close attention to how they cut!

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    DH and I prefer TruCut Rulers and Rotary cutter. I think they stay sharp longer because the cutter rides on that rail and keeps a consistent angle to the mat. They don't have every ruler shape but we do all our basic cutting with them. I also keep the blades sharp by using their electric sharpener.
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    try re-conditioning your mat - soak in a tub for a while, then lay out to dry on flat surface. Sounds like your mat just needs to be 're-hydrated'.....let us know what works for you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA View Post
    Why will no one believe me that too often the Olfa cutters and blades from Joanns are "second rate citizens?? I have seen this over and over and over through the years. I promise!!! I've taught a lot of classes and can tell every time someone has a problem with a new blade that, before I even ask them, they have bought the blade from Joanns/Walmart/Hancock.
    I can't prove it.
    The "experts" swear it isn't true.
    The web sites deny it.
    But experience is a great teacher, and my 30 years experience tells me to avoid buying these from them in order to avoid frustration. Hancocks of Paducah (not the same as the chain store Hancock) sells Olfa blades in packages of 10 for a decent price and have a sale every year or more.

    Jan in VA
    Thank you,Jan.I appreciate you sharing your own experience.Have you used the Ergo cutter? I planned to get one,but they have to be ordered on line from Joanns.I'm in the middle of cutting out a quilt,so need to keep at it.
    Going to check out the store you mentioned.I need all the help experienced quilters are willing to share.
    Pat

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