A few years ago I posted a tip regarding rotary cutter blades. I wanted to touch base once more because I do feel it is important.
Rotary cutters make our lives so much easier when it comes to quilting. We love them. We cherish them. We want more of them. However, along with them, come a few rules.
The most important rule is changing out that blade. It's like a razor for your legs. The more you use it, the duller it gets, which results in a less effective blade.
Ever notice when you are cutting, you don't get a clean line? You get a jagged wonky line? That's because your blade is too dull to give you that perfect straight edge.
I change my blade every time I cut out a new quilt. ESPECIALLY if I used that blade to trim the previous quilt because of the cutting of the batting. Plus, I just love how much easier it is to cut with a fresh blade. It's like cutting through warm butter versus refrigerated butter.
The cost isn't so pretty though. I make a lot of quilts so it can get costly.
This is where my tip comes in. As much as I love Fiskars and Olfa, I don't like the cost of their blades. As you can see above I don't mind spending the money on the cutter. :) So I go to Harbor Freight Tools and buy their 2 pack of carpet blades. Two blades for $1.99. Wowza!!
These fit the 45mm cutters and they are sharp sharp sharp! I mean, after all, they are carpet blades!! I've used them for years now and I have never had a problem. So go ahead and indulge... buy your self some blades. Buy yourself a LOT of blades and start switching them out more often and you will see ...
1. Your cutting time will decrease.
2. Your cutting will be more accurate.
3. Due to #2, piecing will be more accurate.
4. Due to #3 your sanity will remain in tact. ;)
5. Now that you've saved all that money on blades, you can buy more of those pretty cutters OR more fabric!!
This cutter is on my wish list.... It's Olfa's Splash cutter. Isn't it pretty.......????