rotary cutter not cutting.

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by agnes_day, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    oklahoma
    [​IMG] i have no clue what i am doing wrong here..i have the mat, the cutter (fiskar brand), and the fabric...the stupid thing wont cut all the way!! and this is through 1 thin layer of fabric. it will kind of halfway cut...and i am pressing hard too so i dont know whats going on. im ready to chunk these things out the window!
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Need a new blade? A tiny knick will make it miss in spots.
     
  3. Amanda0609

    Amanda0609 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it a new blade? They can get dull and not cut anymore.
     
  4. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Are you holding it straight up and not leaning the blade against the ruler? (Sorry, I don't know how new you are to using it so hope I don't offend you.)
     
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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  6. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    oklahoma
    i am horribly new to these things..no, the blade is brand new, never has been used. i seriously cannot believe that i cant operate this simple tool.
    but anyways, it will cut, but not the entire length. if that makes any sense at all. im kind of holding it slanted, i guess you could say. sort of leaning into it when i cut.
     
  7. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    oklahoma
    Quote:i hear that! although my little girl has been taken over by a monster lately..shes been making stuff up to get her brothers in trouble! [​IMG]
     
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    You need to hold it straight up and down with the side of the blade sliding along your ruler. If the ruler is thin, you may find the blade actually on top of the ruler if you aren't careful.
     
  9. agnes_day

    agnes_day Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2008
    oklahoma
    oh really?
    im going to try that really quick, then.
     
  10. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    Make sure you hold the blade so that it's side is flat against the side of the ruler and the blade is straight up and down. It's easy to want to lean it in or out but it can mess up the cut AND it will not give you an accurate cut. It will also chip up your ruler. You're probably cutting with it slightly slanted and although you may not feel it it is slanting even more as you cut it's moving so that when you get to the end it is no longer in the right position to cut. Just work on keeping your blade parallel to your ruler. Also, I find that the blade cuts easier through several thicknesses of fabric. Try stacking three to help you get the feel of it. You can just use some scrap pieces under it. I don't ever stack more than four.
     

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