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    what's wrong?

    I have changed the mat and the blade in my rotary cutter but still having trouble with not cutting all the way through 4 layers of cloth. It should be cutting like butter but it's more like perforations and Very frustrating! Can rotary cutters wear out, too?
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    Did you tighten the screw too much when you put the new blade on?

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    Try turning the blade over. Some rotary cutters have a right and left hand way for the blade.
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    also, make sure you only have one blade in the cutter! Ask me how I know.
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    All the above suggestions are good ones. I don't think the cutters wear out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    also, make sure you only have one blade in the cutter! Ask me how I know.
    Been there. Done that. That's why I like Sewology blades... package of five come in individual wrappings. So good for a silly little old lady.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    also, make sure you only have one blade in the cutter! Ask me how I know.
    I can attest to that !

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    Quote Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
    All the above suggestions are good ones. I don't think the cutters wear out.
    I had a Fiskars cutter that did. The spindle cracked, and the blade got jammed there and wasn't turning. So while it did cut, it was like cutting with a box knife.
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    Interesting, IceLeopard. I didn't think they did.

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    More than once, I have changed the blade and put two in instead of one blade.

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    The angle at which you hold your blade to the fabric while cutting means a lot too....raise your wrist a bit more, see if that helps. Just a thought.....

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    When that happened to me, I discovered I had reassembled the cutter wrong after putting a new blade in. Looked fine to me until I watched a YouTube video showing how to put in a new blade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    When that happened to me, I discovered I had reassembled the cutter wrong after putting a new blade in. Looked fine to me until I watched a YouTube video showing how to put in a new blade.
    I did this with two of my rotary cutters. "smile" My daughter straightened me out. Putting on two blades has happened once only. I couldn't cut anything. It almost perforated the cloth, but absolutely wouldn't cut.
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    I had a Fiskars cutter wear out. The blade center seemed to wear out the cutter spindle. It was no longer round and smooth -- had grooves in it an seemed misshapened. The blade would not turn smoothly.

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    Cutters do wear out, so that could be the problem. Also, what surface is your mat sitting on? If it's not flat, smooth and solid, it will make the mat grab the blade more. I don't like cutting on some long plastic tables because of this.

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    I didn't think cutters wore out either, until mine stopped working even with a new blade. I tried a new cutter and all was well.

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    I just had the same problem and the new blade is no different. I'm thinking it's time to turn my mat, which is easier said than done.

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    Mine can be put on either side. Have you tried to put it on the opposite side?
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    One other thought... Not all blades will fit in all cutters. You need a Fiskars blade for a Fiskars cutter, an Olfa blade for an Olfa cutter, etc. The center holes can be different -- some with slots, some without.

    An interesting observation we've come across at the quilt shop, is that if you have a granite counter top under your mat, your blade will wear out really fast. It doesn't make any sense, but we've seen it a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    also, make sure you only have one blade in the cutter! Ask me how I know.
    Oh, yes. I've done that
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    Some rotary cutters have a washer in them. If you open the cutter to put a new blade in and the washer disappears - but you don't know it was even in there - poor cutting results.

    This is another of those 'ask me how I know' things...
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    Yep, my hand is raised also

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    Thanks for all the suggestions. I've now watched the video and it may be that I put the washer on incorrectly. Too, I put a drop of oil on the back side of the blade to see if that will help any. I used a marker to put a dot on the blade so I can watch if it's turning. Now to try this again. Thank you all!

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    One other thought: Make sure you lay out the parts in the order you disassemble your cutter. It is ever so much easier to then reassemble. (Ask me how I know!)

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    I find that if I use a 60mm cutter, it works best on 4 layers or more.
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