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Thread: Rotary screw won't stay tight - help?

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    There is a product called Lock Tite. It comes in a tube in the adhesive section of your local hardware/home improvement store. There are two types. One is temporary and the other is permanent. One is called Red and the other Blue. I don't remember which is which so read the package. It works great. I used it for a keychain I have that has a screw on knob to hold the keys and charms on that kept coming loose. That reminds me,,,need to buy a new one. I have to add a new granddaughter charm to my keychain. The last tube got lost in the move. With the temporary one once the nut is put on it will stay where you put it and you will need a pair of pliers to remove it. It will not tighten or loosen so make sure you have the nut tightened to the right pressure by testing the blade before the glue dries. You will have to reapply each time you change the blade. I haven't used the permanent one so I would assume that if used the nut will not be easy to take off for blade change.

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    There is a little thin bent metal washer between the screw and the nut. I lost mine and had the same problem. I would call Fiscars and see if they will give you a new one. I didn't call because I had another cutter, but I plan to do so.
    Last edited by lclang; 09-27-2012 at 04:33 AM. Reason: needed more explanation

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    I've had Olfa and I've had Fskars. Fiskars is my choice for easy on arthritic hands. Cuts just fine.

    But all of mine have to be tightened every so often. I just do it.

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    Did you perhaps loose that little plastic washer that goes on before the screw when you last changed the blade. I have to be so careful to get everything back in the right order, or the screw WON'T stay tight.

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    I must admit that I don't like the Fiskers cutters, Olfa's are OK but I love the Westcott ones, it helps that I can get them so cheap on EBay. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lot-Of-6-O...#ht_791wt_1093

    Their blades are terrific, they last longer than the Olfa Titanium ones and I do a lot of cutting! They are so comfy to use, for left or right handed users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltmom04 View Post
    Did you perhaps loose that little plastic washer that goes on before the screw when you last changed the blade. I have to be so careful to get everything back in the right order, or the screw WON'T stay tight.
    That was my first thought too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan in va View Post
    yes, buy a new one! Make it an olfa cutter, you'll be glad you did.
    fiskars = chevy; olfa = cadillac

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    i love it!!!!! Rol!
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    Quote Originally Posted by maryfs View Post
    I've just started working on a flannel rag quilt, and while cutting the squares, the nut/screw on my Fiskars 45mm Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter keeps loosening. I managed to finish all my squares, but towards the end of the 130+ squares, I had to tighten the nut after every cut. Has anyone else had this issue, and if so, any suggested fixes? I've e-mailed Fiskars and received a message that someone will get back to me within five days, so in the meantime I thought I'd ask. Thanks!
    I cut a small piece of the self sticking bandage cut a small hole stuck it on the screw tightened it up its still tight.

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    Theres a little washer like dealy that goes under the screw, it isn't flat. Maybe you lost this when replacing your blade.(?)

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    Fiskars has a lifetime warranty and I have had to have 2 cutters replaced, no questions asked. I went to their website and got the contact information. http://www2.fiskers.com/CustomerService/Contact-Us The phone number and how to get the product replaced is all there. Good Luck Nancy

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    Yes! I have this problem, too, just not quite as often as you're having it. I assumed it's just part of using the rotary cutter. Mine is a 45 mm Fiskars, and was not that expensive. I keep thinking I'll buy a fancier one but I'm so used to this one that I never have.

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    I have this same problem. Don't know what it is.

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    Jan in VA - you got that right!

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    Do you have a lot of lint built up under the blade from the flannel? That may keep the nut from tightening.
    Kathy Osterby

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewmary View Post
    A couple of things:
    1. Once you Loctite your nut, you will not be able to remove it to change blades.
    2. I finally got to try a Martelli cutter and it is just the greatest thing. It works well with my arthritic hands and the blades are super sharp.
    There are several grades of Loc -Tite and the weakest one will allow you to get the nut iff the cutter. Each grade is a different color, so if you need to use it, ask at the hardware store or read the package. I think the yellow one is the least potent, but stay away from the red one.
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    You can use a helicoil..it's a tiny little thing that is specifically made to repair the stripped threads on little screws..any good hardware store will have them..but you will need to bring your cutter in with you..(I would remove the blade)..but they are very cheap and work verk well.

    http://www.helicoil.com.sg/

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    I prefer the Olfa cutters personally.
    Karen in Kentucky

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    I had two cutter that the blade REFUSED to stay engaged...they replaced both of them for free! Just had to send a pic of them..did it thru scanning and attaching the pic to email...within a week...two new cutters!
    If you don't work on it you'll never finish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karissa View Post
    What is the best rotary cutter to get? I'm lefthanded .
    It seems that I have to go over my fabric several times to cut it completely plus my blades get dule very fast compared to other people that I now.
    Left handed here and arthritis in hand too. I tried a Martelli cutter and blade at a quilt show and couldn,t get my money out fast enough! They make their left handed cutter truly fot left handers - it fits so well. And the blades cut so easilt. Do not need a lot of pressure. This is one case where cost is worth it.

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    Carefull!! Carefull!!!

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    I had the same thing happen to me with Fiskars. I emailed them and in a week or two, I got a new rotary tool.

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    After I changed th blade, my RC was wobbley and wouldn't cut well. Took it apart, reversed that arched washer, put it back together again & it worked fine. Don't know if that's the fix but it worked for me.

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    Make sure the washer isn't turn the wrong way. I've had that problem before until I turned the washer over.

    Good luck
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