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Thread: Treated myself today!

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    Treated myself today!

    Out with the old - in with the new! I am a New Englander. We like to get every bit out of what we have. But it's a new year and I'm starting on a new quilt. Broke out a brand new rotary cutting blade. Why don't I do this more often???! Gosh - but isn't it wonderful to start fresh.

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    I was cutting fabric for a 10" tumbler quilt yesterday. I put a new blade in my rotary cutter and the job was delightful. Why do I wait so long? It was so much easier with a new blade.

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    Funny I agree why on earth do we wait so long.
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    At the first skipped cut, I change the blade. I'm worth it! I use to see there was one class of milk or juice left in the container and I didn't take it thinking the kids or DH may want it. How many times did I see them pour the last glass and never once think I or anyone else may want it? Not one time! I quit guilting myself over having things when I wanted them, including a new rotary blade, even when there still may be some cutting life left.
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    Sounds like a good plan , I too wait way too long to change blades. Then when I do I ask myself the same question. I am going to ring in the New Year the same as you and treat myself.

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    I also wait too long to change rotary blades. Not very smart since I have 10-15 in my drawer.
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    I don't "treat" myself too often either, but I DO change the rotary blades at the first sign of "dullness". Of course, I don't actually throw them away. I put them in my craft stash to use on paper, foam, etc.

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    It is time for me to put in a new blade, but alas, there are no more. Have to go to Joann's this week and use my coupon!!
    If life gives you lemons, make a margarita.

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    Thats the first thing I do when starting a new quilting project, along with oiling my machine and changing the needle. Its just habit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Val in IN View Post
    I don't "treat" myself too often either, but I DO change the rotary blades at the first sign of "dullness". Of course, I don't actually throw them away. I put them in my craft stash to use on paper, foam, etc.
    I do too! There is always another way to use them.

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    It's the little things that make us quilter's happy isn't it? I found this really nice leather and basketry carryall one day at the second hand store and I made the mistake of mentioning it was for my ironing tools and sprayers to a stranger nearby. She said, "It doesn't take much to make you happy". LOL! Non-quilter's....
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    I, too, treated myself today. My 6"x9" ruler had been used so much that all the markings along all the edges had worn off. I bought a new one today. We should treat ourselves more often!
    If no one ever experimented we'd all still be making 4 patches.

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    It seems like my blades are getting dull a lot faster. My mat is fairly marked up. Could that cause my blades to dull faster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    AI use to see there was one class of milk or juice left in the container and I didn't take it thinking the kids or DH may want it. How many times did I see them pour the last glass and never once think I or anyone else may want it? Not one time!
    That is EXACTLY what happens in my house too. I always offer the last bite/sip/piece to my DS and DH. But hey NEVER do the same for me. And I really hate it when I have something - he asks for a bite/drink and finishes it!!!!!

    I also have the problem that I buy something at the grocery store and forget about it for a couple of days. When I do remember that I bought it, it is ALWAYS gone. EEEGGGHHHH!!!!! At least my DS is more like me than DH. He always asks if anyone else wants it before her takes it.

    I was able to find a real deal on Fiskars blades (60 45mm for $45 including shipping which means they cost about 75 cents each. When I am starting a new project that is a good size, I always replace the blade and my sewing machine needle. I just figure the cost of the blade and needle in the cost of the quilt. I do save the blades when I change them. I use them for batting and other cutting until they start skipping. Then they are taped to a piece of cardboard and trashed. I am like everyone else - it is so great having a new blade/needle that I wonder why I don't do it more often - that is why I started changing them for each new big project. Our quilts so much in fabric and other supplies that it just makes sense to make things easier on me if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvluvluv2quilt View Post
    It seems like my blades are getting dull a lot faster. My mat is fairly marked up. Could that cause my blades to dull faster?
    Yes. If you don't want to replace the blades as often - buy a new mat. I usually buy one with a coupon at Joanns, although there have been some really good deals at Overstock.com.
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    Why is it as soon as I put in a new blade I run over a pin? I never run over a pin with a dull blade, it has to be the new one. For the while I will have 1 thread in each cut that will stay attached. AAAAAAAAH!

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    I'm with you there, Tartan. How many times have I done that?!?! A poor instance of serendipity. I'm keeping my cutting table clear of everything but fabric for a while!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwessel47 View Post
    Out with the old - in with the new! I am a New Englander. We like to get every bit out of what we have. But it's a new year and I'm starting on a new quilt. Broke out a brand new rotary cutting blade. Why don't I do this more often???! Gosh - but isn't it wonderful to start fresh.
    As a fellow New Englander...I understand completely... My DM has a rotary cutter attached to a ruler that she uses. She will ask me to help her cut out pieces sometimes, and I do, BUT it sure would be easier with a new blade! She jsut tells me to press down harder with my whole hand. LOL
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    Oh ! I am the same way too ! Except...I don't run over pins, I chew up my ruler ! Bump into the side of it, I probably need a new one. Or I could change to another, you know how it is. Just sayin'....
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    yes, the blades seem to dull quicker than they used to (even though I've been quilting for less than 8 years). I get annoyed at those threads that seem to hang on for dear life after a cut. Maybe I change the blade too often. I save my old blades for my kitchen rotary cutter (plastic bags, netting on onion bags etc.) and put some used ones into a plastic box thinking that one day I'm going to get a sharpener.

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