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Posted on: 9/11/09 10:44 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 32 people   
I have been very frustrated with attempting to sharpen rotary cutter blades with the expensive OTC notions to sharpen the blades. These have but used to no avail, except to lighten my pocketbook and tire my arm (previous review). There was a great tip in the current Oklahoma ASG newsletter on how to sharpen your rotary cutter blades the easy way with very minimal expense and effort!!

To sharpen your rotary cutters, fold up a piece of aluminum
foil so that you have several layers and then just cut through
it several times and your cutter will be sharpened.

Well I am so excited as this works!!!!!! I can't tell you that this technique removes the nicks, which tends to happen on occasion. Also I don't know how long the blade stays sharpened, but this will allow me to extend the life of the blade. This is very green, reduces landfill waste, and much better on the environment, not to mention the pocketbook. Hopefully this will help all of you out there. Happy cutting!

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Restart06 said... (10/6/09 7:55 AM) Reply
I am glad that I read the tip and passed it on. Years ago my mom used to do this, but I had forgotten since it was so long ago and I only in the last few years started back sewing.
ButtonFaith said... (10/5/09 3:34 PM) Reply
I was just getting ready to do some rotary cutting....a timely and great tip!!
fryman said... (9/16/09 10:30 PM) Reply
excellent tip!
Stitchcakes said... (9/14/09 11:58 AM) Reply
Neat! And I bet it as a bonus it even works for pinking and decorative-edge blades, too...
Peggym said... (9/14/09 10:31 AM) Reply
Thanks for that tip. I am about to try it
Elle D said... (9/13/09 8:45 PM) Reply
I've never heard of this, thank you. Now maybe I won't have to replace a rotary blade every time I cut out RPL fabric.
Boo97 said... (9/12/09 11:01 PM) Reply
Thank you!
gaginny said... (9/12/09 3:47 PM) Reply
great tip......thanks a lot
Patti B said... (9/12/09 11:10 AM) Reply
Hmmm, I've often sharpened scissors this way -- wonder why I never tried it on the rotary cutter! Thanks so much for posting it!
Renee' S said... (9/12/09 10:00 AM) Reply
oops double post
Renee' S said... (9/12/09 10:00 AM) Reply
I bought a rotary blade sharpener, it was supposed to be the newest, greatest thing. I tried it twice and I couldn't tell any difference in the blade, I pitched it. Thanks for this great money saving tip.
Maripat said... (9/12/09 6:15 AM) Reply
But what about us folks who get the willies when scraping aluminum foil? I guess DH will have to help with this one...
mssewcrazy said... (9/11/09 5:42 PM) Reply
This tip is new to me and will come in handy. Thanks so much for passing it along.
Elaine Dougan said... (9/11/09 2:42 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great tip.
Elaine Dougan said... (9/11/09 2:41 PM) Reply
Thanks for the great tip.
j222b said... (9/11/09 11:32 AM) Reply
Aluminum will work on scissors as well, I just found out about this, too.
sewnow said... (9/11/09 11:01 AM) Reply
And to think I just received my sharpener in the mail yesterday.
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