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Thread: Pinking Rotary Blade - What I learned today

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    I bought a new Olfa ergo 45mm cutter last night, plus a pinking blade, which I put on the new cutter. Dug out some scraps to see how it worked, and it was terrible, took several cuts, mangled the heck out of the scraps. Went on-line today to try to figure out what was wrong, and on the Olfa website, there is a video and a pdf on how to replace blades. When you put on one of the decorative blades, like the pinking one, the round yellow spacer gets switched to the side with the blade. I didn't see anything on the package that said to do it this way, but it was late at night and my eyes aren't the greatest. Haven't tried it yet, but will tonight when I get home, and let everyone know how it works.
    Here is link to the PDF, which shows how to change both a regular blade and a decorative blade.

    http://www.olfa.com/App_Content/Edit...e/bin19121.pdf

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    I've got a pinking blade and I've never used it! I can't find a use for it really, since I also have a serger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I've got a pinking blade and I've never used it! I can't find a use for it really, since I also have a serger.
    Love your name...that's my oldest daughter's name, and spelled the same way.
    I don't have a serger, and thought I would try this to cut down on raveling when pre-washing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I've got a pinking blade and I've never used it! I can't find a use for it really, since I also have a serger.
    Love your name...that's my oldest daughter's name, and spelled the same way.
    I don't have a serger, and thought I would try this to cut down on raveling when pre-washing.

    :> Did she go by Candy? I did for many years. What's funny is my brothers MIL is also Candy. Let me know if that works. I read someone on one of these threads tried pinking shears on the fabric and it still unraveled:<

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter
    Quote Originally Posted by Candace
    I've got a pinking blade and I've never used it! I can't find a use for it really, since I also have a serger.
    Love your name...that's my oldest daughter's name, and spelled the same way.
    I don't have a serger, and thought I would try this to cut down on raveling when pre-washing.

    :> Did she go by Candy? I did for many years. What's funny is my brothers MIL is also Candy. Let me know if that works. I read someone on one of these threads tried pinking shears on the fabric and it still unraveled:<
    Yes, she did. But now only some family (including me!) still call her that; she used Candace while she was in the working world (corporate chef). Now's she's a SAH Mom of three.

    I hope it works; I'll let you know.

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    Thank you for the tip on how to use the blade :D:D:D

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    I have one of those blades, but never used it. Thanks for all the info.

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the link, I saved it on my blog where I store cool links online for quilting. The links to my blog is at the bottom of this message on my siggie.

    Karen

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    I use pinking scissors and the pinking rotary blade for trimming applique pieces (especially the curved pieces like hearts and things) that I use sew-in-interfacing with, make a slit in the interfacing to turn it right side out, I can't think of what this method is called, but Eleanor Burns uses it alot. It makes the seam lay flat when pressed. An Amish friend of mine uses the pinking rotary blade for cutting out clothing patterns. It is amazing to watch her cut out a black suit with it.

    Junie

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    I just noticed on the Olfa website that they all sorts of cute patterns and projects, too. One is a raggy quilt that you cut out the pieces with the scalloped blade, which is supposed to eliminate snipping the seam allowances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King's Daughter
    I bought a new Olfa ergo 45mm cutter last night, plus a pinking blade, which I put on the new cutter. Dug out some scraps to see how it worked, and it was terrible, took several cuts, mangled the heck out of the scraps. Went on-line today to try to figure out what was wrong, and on the Olfa website, there is a video and a pdf on how to replace blades. When you put on one of the decorative blades, like the pinking one, the round yellow spacer gets switched to the side with the blade. I didn't see anything on the package that said to do it this way, but it was late at night and my eyes aren't the greatest. Haven't tried it yet, but will tonight when I get home, and let everyone know how it works.
    Here is link to the PDF, which shows how to change both a regular blade and a decorative blade.

    http://www.olfa.com/App_Content/Edit...e/bin19121.pdf
    Putting the blade on the right way definitely makes it work a lot better! I also checked, and there is an illustration on the package of how to put the blade on, but unless you look closely and are looking for the difference, it's hard to tell.

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    I've been gifted with a big bag of squares cut with a pinked edge. Where is the 1/4" seam to be? Do you run the points of the pinked edge next to the presser foot? If so, does that really leave enough fabric in the seam that it won't be a weakened seam that will fray? I understand why we used to pink edges when making clothing with a 5/8" seam but why on quilt pieces?

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    That's a good question...I've wondered the same thing. I used a charm pack plus some 5" squares I cut myself to make a D9P, and it turned out fine, but I was a little nervous about the pinked edges, too.

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    I think the pinked edges on charms, jelly rolls ,etc. is used to keep the pieces from raveling. I think they would be a mess before they got in the fabric stores if they were cut with straight edge. I think I'll start using the pinking blade to cut all my strip pieces so when they end up in my scrap bin they won't have all those fuzzies on them and have to be trimmed

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