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Topic: Rotary cutter not cutting. Is it me or did I just get a bad one?  (Read 1526 times)
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« on: August 22, 2011 08:40:23 AM »

I am feeling like a total moron. I am usually a free-hand scissors kind of girl, but am in the need of straight lines lately.

Got myself a $24 rotary tool, on sale for $14. Got myself some super soft fleece - what can be easier to cut that that?

Cutting board, check. Steel ruler, check. Large flat surface, check.

Nice straight lines cut into my material? Uncheck!

It cut once, then nothing. Not even a crease in my material. The package says I should easily be able to cut through multiple layers of fabric, paper, felt and vinyl. It won't cut through fleece! How is it going to cut through vinyl?? It won't even cut through paper! If I press really hard maybe it will cut paper, but by then it is too hard and the safety lock pops up.

I have the "classic loop" style from Fiskars. Maybe I just need one of the more simpler styles. *shrug*

Hoping for either advice on how to use this thing - maybe there is a certain way to hold it (There are no directions on the package), or someone just confirming that maybe the blade could be bad even though it is a brand new tool.

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katpac
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2011 07:54:06 PM »

It seems kind of duh but did you make sure there's no safety tape on the blade?  Last time I bought an exacto knife I cursed at it for a full ten minutes before I realized there was a thin tape over the blade.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2011 09:22:20 PM »

I have done that with exato knives before. LOL. But nope, there is no tape. I ran my finger across the blade a few times to see if that "cleaned" it or something.
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Ravyk
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2011 08:11:31 AM »

Does it cut other materials?

I'd take it back and get a refund.  Undecided

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2011 05:01:39 PM »

May be a stupid question, but did you cut on a cutting board or did you use a rotary cutting mat?  If you did not use the rotary cutting mat, you dulled the blade on the board.
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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2011 08:55:42 PM »

I realize this thread is old, but it hasn't been mentioned yet: is the safety off? I didn't realize my rotary cutter had a safety, and struggled to get it to cut anything.
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RuthieG101
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2011 08:22:58 AM »

May be a stupid question, but did you cut on a cutting board or did you use a rotary cutting mat?  If you did not use the rotary cutting mat, you dulled the blade on the board.

I agree with this post. I brought a rotaty cutter and what I was told was a self-healing cutting mat. It wasn't and dulled my blade within minutes. I had to get a new board and blade. (I did get a refund on the board).
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« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2011 08:33:09 PM »

May be a stupid question, but did you cut on a cutting board or did you use a rotary cutting mat?  If you did not use the rotary cutting mat, you dulled the blade on the board.

So... according to this post and the one below it, I should NOT use a self healing board??? That is what I used!

But years ago I made a fleece blanket and I swear I used a self healing board!

But, not matter, if I need a rotary mat, then that is what I will get. I assume it is called "rotary"? I usually only notice the self healing mats.
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RuthieG101
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2011 02:31:27 PM »

The rotary cutting mats are self healing, and if you already have one then it is probably a bad blade. Either buy a new blade, or get it exchanged under the warranty. I have an Olfa blade (in an unbranded handle), and I have had no problems with it.
Sorry if I confused you in my last post.
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