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« on: January 18, 2007 11:18:18 AM »

i've just gotten into polymer clay and i am loving it! except for my pasta roller. it hasn't worked right since i have gotten it. it was sticking in one spot whenever i was on the thickest level, but now does this on the thickest 3 levels. so frustrating!  Angry i bought it at ac moore. it was sold under the brand "clay machine."  has anyone else had particular type of machine? did i get a faulty one, or do you think it's just a cheap brand? it's usually around $20 and in a bright blue box. is there a brand of pasta machine (not too expensive!) that you would recommend?
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007 05:44:09 PM »

I'm not sure what you mean by "sticking in one spot", but you can find lots of info about how to deal with pasta machines, the brands and differences between them, how to avoid problems, and fix many of them on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/pastamachines.htm


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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007 09:46:12 PM »

thanks for the link.  Grin mine is a nicole, or at least what the top says. i threw away the box and this is the best pic i can find.

http://i5.ebayimg.com/03/i/03/bc/f4/67_2.JPG

what i mean by sticking is, when i turn the handle, it won't make a complete rotation. it always gets stuck in the same location. i'm guessing it's just a shoddy machine and i'll have to invest more $ into a better one. it was only $19.99. you get what you pay for.  Sad
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2007 11:10:23 PM »

Hmmm... had not heard of a "Nicole" pasta machine before.  I looked for more online but most seem to be at e-bay, and "Nicole" also has some (ceramic) clay tools and glue and a few other things with their name on it.  I'm thinking they've just purchased machines made in the Far East (like the Amaco one... or perhaps they've even purchased them from Amaco) and put their brand on them.  The Amaco machines at Michaels cost about $24 (less with a biweekly 40% off coupon) and other ones made in the Far East are similar.  (Italian-made machines are more expensive, and sturdier).

If you don't want to take your machine apart and see if you can fix it (look on the Pasta Machines page I linked to before, if you do),
then when you buy another one, either get an Italian made one or be very careful not to put any hard clay through a cheaper one or any clay that's more than a tad thicker than the opening you're using... a common ca use of problems with the cheaper machines. 
The Amaco is fine though if one isn't doing a lot of clay and watches out for certain things.


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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2007 10:32:45 PM »

Hmm, that's interesting. I know exactly the machine you mean (I work at an AC Moore) unfortunately I've never used one so I can't really help with that.
Nicole is the generic 'everything remotely crafty' brand that ac moore carries. They make everything from unfinished wood stuff to beads and, well, "clay machines".  I haven't actually asked if it's owned by the same company (ac moore), but it seems likely.  If I get a chance tomorrow I'll see if there's a manufacturer mentioned on the box for ya. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2007 04:30:11 PM »

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Nicole is the generic 'everything remotely crafty' brand that ac moore carries.

Aha... so it's probably just the same machine as the Amaco, but re-packaged with the AC Moore "store brand."  If that's the case, the same things should apply to both machines anyway.


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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2007 07:41:38 PM »

I did get a chance to check the clay machine tonight, and all it says is "Made in China".  Good luck with it!
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2007 05:33:42 PM »

Investing in a good pasta machine is defiantely a great investment. I've used mine countless times  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2007 08:05:37 AM »

I had issues with my pasta machine recently, but luckily my manbeast was able to fix it up for me (using the desiredcreations.co m instructions on pulling apart your pasta machine). 

It's only an el cheapo as well, and it's working better now than when I pulled it new from its packaging.  Smiley
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