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Thread: Rotary cutters

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    If you have a friendly quilt shop worker or another quilter friend you trust, have them watch you cut to help you determince what is happening. I have never found any kind of blade sharpener that works and will not even consider trying any more. I try to buy them with Joann coupons or if they are ever on sale.

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    I cut a lot and I bought a Kai cutter in 1982 and only just replaced the blade in December 2012. I do have 4 cutters of varied sizes,so the amount of use is possibly evened out. However, perhaps it is the quality of the blade that is important. I'm not inclined to replace blades when they cost $10 - $15+ in this country. A kind lady on this board sent me some replacements and I have just Christened one of them.

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    If it is the hand moving, I bought a suction handle... one of those "as seen on tv" kind for getting out of the tub for about 5$$. A friend's husband said he can sharpen the blades so I will have to see what he has in mind and how it works

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    I found the handle that you attach to the ruler helps tremendously. It's the ones you can buy in the bath hardware dept. for attaching to the shower to assist getting in and out of the shower. It has a suction cup on each end and snaps down. It's cheaper to buy it there than at a quilt shop.
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    One of the things that helped me the most was the purchase of some wookworking clamps and a long metal ruler. One that is at least the width of my table. (Found at a home improvement store or hardware store. I use my acrylic ruler to measure the with of cut I want and set my metal ruler abutted to the acrylic ruler and clamp down my metal ruler to the cutting table. works good to cut 2.5 strips also, because it is 2.5 inches wide. That way I can cut on both sides of the ruler before I remove the clamps. Harbor Freight has a straight edge that clamps on both ends, but I dont like it as well as the metal ruler and the woodworking clamps.

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    Ihaven't read all the comments, so I don't know if anyone has commented on using the Accuquilt Go. I sounds like your fabric is stretching. You can prevent that by putting a piece of clean white paper between the fabric and the mat. Accuquilt recommends that you do that - it won't hurt the dies.

    I rarely use my rotary cutter anymore since I started using Accuquilt. I have most of the dies - and I love the strip cutters and the HST cutters. For HSTs, I put my Go next to my Pfaff, cut the fabric RST, pick up the HSTs and sew them in chains. It's almost magic!

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    Re. rotary cutters. Are you sure it is the blade at fault,if they only last for one cut. What sort of cutting mat do you use? Even if you are bad at cutting they should last longer than one cut, that would only affect the measurement of your cut, not the sharpness of your blade. Perhaps someone is using your cutter for something other than fabric, paper or card maybe----- there are such unknown fairies around ( you know who you are !!) However, hope you can solve your problem . Love

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    I was very disappointed with my titanium blades, didn't seem to last any longer than the regular blades. I'm beginning to think it may be the fault of my cutting mat(s).
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    I'm going to try putting a piece of copy paper between the fabric and cutting board to see if that works. Sure hope so and thanks for the idea!
    quiltinggranny

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    I think that Harbor Freight must buy their blades from different sources because I have read that some people have good luck with them and some do not. I ordered 2 packages of them and they are horrible. They cut like an old blade that is ready to be thrown away and I was only trying to cut 1 layer of material. I wouldn't waste my money on them. I can use them for cutting paper for my paper pieceing only.

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    I bought a Gingher rotary cutter (expensive) and blades (sharp and stay sharp and are not expensive) and learned that you put your index finger on top of the cutter pointing towards where you are cutting. It works for me. I can cut 8 layers of fabric with my 6 month old blade!
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    Martelli cutter and blades are fantastic!

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    I was told not to cut paper with a rotary cutter because it make the blade dull. From what I've seen, it is true.

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    If you are having trouble with your hand moving while cutting, try the Tru Cut rulers and their ergonomic rotary blade cutter MY COMFORT CUTTER Http//:www.graceframe.com. The rulers have a raised lip and the cutter has an area that rides on that lip to get straight cuts every time. I also purchased their Tru Grip rubberized pads to put on my rulers so the ruler won't slip around as I move my hand. You have to pick up the rulers instead of sliding them but the straight cutting is so worth the effort. Look at their online catalog for the rulers it has great pictures of how they function.

    I just bought a second 24" ruler and Comfort Cutter and had them shipped to my daughter's in CA. I want to leave them there to cut with when I go to visit. Because you know we'll be quilting while I'm there!!!
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    As for the slipping ruler, I recently purchased the Invisagrip for the back of some of my rulers and it works great. However, no need for the Invisagrip on Golden Rule rulers as they don't slip as easily in the first place..

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    Quote Originally Posted by judyrael View Post
    I think that Harbor Freight must buy their blades from different sources because I have read that some people have good luck with them and some do not. I ordered 2 packages of them and they are horrible. They cut like an old blade that is ready to be thrown away and I was only trying to cut 1 layer of material. I wouldn't waste my money on them. I can use them for cutting paper for my paper pieceing only.

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    I recommend "Steady Betty" to add to your rulers. It's a small narrow foam that sticks between the 1/4 inch marks on the rulers. It will help keep the rulers from sliding around. As for the cutter, Olfa blades work well for me. Always remember to push down toward the floor when cutting and let the cutter roll naturally.

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