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    Pinking rotary blade?

    Pinking rotary blade?Does one exist?

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    I have the blade. I don't know where I got it. I have never used it so don't know how well it works. Guess I'll have to try it today and let you know. BrendaK
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    Olfa makes them.

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    ​The are available but I have heard they are hard on your cutting mat. I don't have any experience with them myself as I use pinking shears instead. I think they make a wavy one too?

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    i have one marked pinking blade, but it is wavy. i agree with tartan, it is hard on your cutting mat. however, for my hands, it is much easier to use than pinking shears.
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    I use a 45mm pinking blade exclusively. I much prefer it as there are no threads all over the place. It is harder on your mat and you will have to replace it more often, but to me it's worth it. For more info and pictures, see this thread that I started on pinking blades: http://www.quiltingboard.com/picture...s-t164499.html.
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    To all that replied;Thank you so very much.You all helped me to make a decision.I'd rather save wear and tear on my cutting board.

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    Yes, got mine at Joann's.

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    I flip my board upside down and use the wrong side when I use various decorative rotary blades.

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    I have a pinking, scallop and a wave blade. I also have the blade that puts a needle hole in the fabric. DD gave me a pack of Olfa blades one year and it had every type of decorative blade in it. It was special packaging for a quilt shop promotion. I put each different blade in a cutter and have them labeled. I like to use them for raw edge applique.
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    Watch out for your rulers! I took a few nicks in the ruler the first few times I used mine until I got used of the blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    Watch out for your rulers! I took a few nicks in the ruler the first few times I used mine until I got used of the blade.
    Ditto! I don't like nicking my ruler.
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    Yes, I have one and use it occasionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    I flip my board upside down and use the wrong side when I use various decorative rotary blades.
    Me too. That way it won't interfere with straight cuts I make on the 'right' side of the mat.
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    Olfa makes one and I love it. I wash my material before I quilt it (I know let's just not get into that discussion here) and I use the rotary pinking blade to shave off the cut ends of the fabric. It does a wonderful job and doesn't fray when washing and going through the dryer. I found when I first started and washed then it is easy for me to know which fabric has been washed by the rotary cuts on the ends. I do iron the fabric when it comes out of the dryer and sometimes it is hard to tell which is new and which is washed but with the zigzag ends, easy to tell.
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    i use my pinking blade every now & then- i've never damaged my cutting mat with it..it is pretty sharp- you do not have to push down hard to use it. It comes in handy when i have a fabric that the edges want to fray.
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    I have one by Olfa, and it works great. But do use an old cutting mat, or turn it over when using these blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltingHaven View Post
    Olfa makes one and I love it. I wash my material before I quilt it (I know let's just not get into that discussion here) and I use the rotary pinking blade to shave off the cut ends of the fabric. It does a wonderful job and doesn't fray when washing and going through the dryer. I found when I first started and washed then it is easy for me to know which fabric has been washed by the rotary cuts on the ends. I do iron the fabric when it comes out of the dryer and sometimes it is hard to tell which is new and which is washed but with the zigzag ends, easy to tell.
    LOVE this idea. It's always been a dilemma for me & I like the idea that it keeps the fabric from fraying! Thanks for this great tip.

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    Canada Kate, I had wondered about this, but i just couldn't imagine how to measure the 1/4" seam. It still seems to me the inside of > next to the ruler would be the place to measure from since that is where the straight cut would have been. But I am definitely going to experiment with this. Thanks for the info and demo.
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    Does anyone besides Olfa make cutters that take them? I refuse to buy an ergonomic cutter just to accomodate the specialty blades and that's the only Olfa cutter they fit.
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    The Olfa blade fits all of my rotary cutters. I bought a bunch of cheap pinking blades a couple of years ago (from??? possibly harbour freight???) and they also fit all my cutters.

    1) They work best on a non-healing mat. Get a cheap mat at a big box store!

    2) Get a heavy metal carpenters rule to cut along: it won't hurt the blade and you'll avoid nicking your good rulers.

    3) Well worth the trouble: you can pink the edges of a pile of fabrics in nothing flat. I prewash ALL my fabric and the pinked edges don't fray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HouseDragon View Post
    The Olfa blade fits all of my rotary cutters.
    And those cutters are what brand please? Olfa is very clear that their specialty blades are NOT to be used with anything but their ergonomic cutter. I'd get Fiskars specialty blades, but they aren't made for use on fabric (paper only) so aren't as sharp.
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    All of my pinking blades are Olfa blades and I use them in all my 45 cutters. The only ergonomic cutter I have is a Martelli so never tried the blades in that one.

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    I have the pinking blade and the wavy blade and like them when i am working with fleece blankets-that is how I finish the edges. No fraying at all with fleece and have washed many times and stays looking good.
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    Joann fabrics has them I have one and use it..
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