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Hating my rotary cutter
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Date: 9/15/12 6:36 PM

I have had a rotary cutter for a while - I honestly don't know how old it is, or what brand.

It's yellow, but doesn't have anything written on it as for brand.

It's quite small too - again, I don't know what size.

And the blade must be dull, as it is having a really hard time cutting through just 2 layers of cotton !

Jagged edges, and I can't go around curves for anything :(

Back to my scissors I go.

After dropping $20 on a mat today just so I could use the rotary cutter :(

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Date: 9/15/12 6:49 PM

Not saying this is what happened to you...but...
when I first got back to sewing a few years ago, I tried using what I thought was a rotary cutter, having never used one before. Took me a little while to realize I was trying to use a tracing wheel (smooth-edged). Silly me

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Date: 9/15/12 6:52 PM

I am going to go take another look at it - but I'm almost sure it's a cutter.

Be right back with photos !

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Date: 9/15/12 7:00 PM



Old cutter (I hope), and new mat.

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Date: 9/15/12 7:13 PM

Definitely a cutter. I looked up HA Kidd online, and they're still in business. They have a 28MM cutter (not a Unique). Perhaps if you can replace the blade it would work, but it might just make sense to get a larger cutter.

Just realized the mat was from HA Kidd, but maybe the cutter is, too
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Date: 9/15/12 7:34 PM

If it won't cut through two layers of fabric, the blade is dull. Replace it! What have you been using it on if you only just bought a cutting mat? Whatever the surface was, it has blunted the blade.

Buy a replacement 28mm blade. Then you should get smooth cuts, and be able to go around curves easily.

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Date: 9/15/12 7:39 PM

I had a small cutting mat I used to use it on. It was green, came with a scrap booking kit.

I haven't used this in years.

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Date: 9/15/12 7:55 PM

That looks like a 28mm rotary cutter. I've had a lot of success buying blades on eBay. Do yourself a favor and buy some new blades and then try it. It does help if you have as large a cutting mat as you have room for, but a rotary cutter should work well for you even if you can only cut a section of a pattern at a time. If your cutter isn't working well, I have to think it's because you need a new blade.

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Date: 9/15/12 7:59 PM

It's awfully small. And the handle doesn't look comfortable to hold. I can understand how it would be frustrating to use. I'm not sure what size mine is but its blade has a much wider radius than the blade of the one you are trying to use and the handle is much more substantial, allowing for a much more comfortable grip. I love it. Much faster than cutting out with shears.

Here's a picture. Mine is the 45 mm:


Olfa Rotary Cutters

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Date: 9/15/12 8:27 PM

You need a fresh blade! You would also probably be happier with a larger cutter. If you have been using it for scrapbooking it is no wonder it is dull and not working. Just like scissors, don't cut paper with your cutter unless you have a cutter dedicated specifically to paper.

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