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Cutting mat from Joann's - not self healing?
is it damaging my rotary blades?
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Date: 2/14/11 3:35 PM

I don't know what's happening, but lately when I've been using my rotary cutter on my Joann's cutting mat (that huge one that "goes with" the table they sell) it seems to instantly dull the blade. I am positive I've used it in the past successfully. Am I losing my mind here? Are you not supposed to use a rotary cutter on this mat?

Help!

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Date: 2/14/11 4:05 PM

Shouldn't be the mat. What blades are you using? I was going thru Fiskars at a ridiculous rate. I switched to Olfa (yes, they fit) and they last SO much longer! I'll never buy another Fiskars blade again.

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Date: 2/14/11 4:24 PM

This might seem like a dumb question but is the blade spinning well? I've sometimes tightened mine down too much and don't get a good rotation and that will cause drag.

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Subject: Cutting mat from Joanns - not self healing? Date: 2/14/11 4:28 PM

EveS - Yes, I use Olfa...

Kim - Not a dumb question at all! I think I have been tightening it too much. I'm also going to watch the "blade change" demo online for my particular rotary cutter - there are about - what 5 little pieces that come off - it might be good to make sure everything is going back in the right order.

Thanks, guys...I am glad to know it's not the mat (although I didn't see how it could be!)

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Subject: Cutting mat from Joanns - not self healing? Date: 2/14/11 4:32 PM

Also, make sure you have only 1 blade in your cutter. They can stick together and you may not notice that there are 2 on there.

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Date: 2/14/11 4:53 PM

I found that synthetics dull rotary blades quickly.

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Subject: Cutting mat from Joanns - not self healing? Date: 2/14/11 4:54 PM

BeebeeSew -

When I open the package of blades they seem to have an oily film on them...is that something I wipe off before I put it in the rotary cutter? I wouldn't think I'd want to get it on my fabric...but maybe it doesn't transfer...somehow?? Thanks!

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Date: 2/14/11 4:57 PM

Hi... I hope you don't mind me answering your question meant for BeeBeeSew.

About the oily film on Olfa replacement blades, I've never wiped it off. I don't think the oily film transfers to the fabric, but if it does, I never noticed it!

Forgot to add that the oil cushions the blades from each other.



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Subject: Cutting mat from Joanns - not self healing? Date: 2/14/11 5:04 PM

Thanks, everyone -it's nice to be able to ask "stupid" questions and not feel stupid! :)

Very thoughtful answers - thank you!

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Date: 2/15/11 4:52 AM

Have you tried loosening your blade a teeny bit? Like a little less than a quarter turn of the nut that holds the blade. This always helps me.
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