Give your rotary blades some TLC

Prolong the life of your rotary cutting blades by sharpening them when they begin skipping fabric cuts. Nancy shares three options for keeping your blades sharp in the video. Plus, she shows what she uses to clean and smooth cutting mats. Avoiding grooves and bumps in the mat also keeps your blades sharper longer.



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How-to: Rotary Blade TLC
Cutting fabric with a rotary blade cutter has become the norm. Instead of replacing blades—sharpen them. Nancy demos three notions that sharpen rotary blades.
  1. Use the Orbital Rotary Cutter Blade Sharpener to manually sharpen your 45 and 60 mm rotary blades. Start with the coarse stone in the sharpener. Remove the blade from your cuttter and place into the plastic housing. Add a few dabs of oil to the outer edges of the blade. Turn the outer dial about 20 times, then flip the blade and repeat. Fine tune your blade by substituting the fine stone and sharpen.

  2. Let a machine do the work for you. The TrueSharp Power Sharpener will accommodate 28, 45, and 60 mm blades. Remove the blade from your cutter and place inside the housing of the sharpener. Add a bit of oil to the sharpening stone. Simply press the button for about 30 seconds; flip your blade and repeat.

  3. Sometimes you're in the middle of cutting out a project and you need to quickly sharpen your blade. the TrueCut Rotary Blade Sharpener comes to the rescue. Run your rotary cutter—with the blade still in place—through the grooves about 20 times. Flip the sharpening pad and repeat. Use with 45 and 60 mm blades.

  4. If you keep your cutting mats clean and smooth, you'll also prolong the life of your rotary blades. You'll be amazed at the amount of fibers that get stuck in your cutting mat, especially when cutting batting, flannel, and fleece. Nancy recommends the Cutting Mat Cleaner to remove these fibers and threads from your mat. Then smooth the nicks that can develop in well-used mats with the Mat Smoother.
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