I'm not sure where I should post this but I have, for a long time now, noticed that when I try to line up my paper to cut, it is never lined up with the rulers on my trimmer. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed this and also if you know whether it's the trimmer or the paper with the problem?
I have bought several trimmers in the past and I've had the same problem with each one. I recently bought another Fiskars trimmer and when I went to check out, I asked the cashier at Archivers if she knew if it cut straight. She looked at me like I had three heads and said they all do. So, I'm wondering what the problem is or maybe it's just me? lol
Thanks in advance!
Hi Dawn it most definitely is not you. I currently have five trimmers 2 lge 2 medium and 1 small stacked in my craft room and not one of them gives a straight cut. Four are rotary trimmers and one has a pointy blade and is horrible as it shreds the cardstock if you dont get it started just right. I am thinking on checking out Tonic guillotine cutters as I have heard that they are good at making straight cuts. Im definitely over rotary trimmers.
The comments on the cardstock being crooked are most interesting, it had never occurred to me to check it out, Must do so, just automatically blamed myself. :)
I don't know when it happened, but I am not too finicky about my paper being perfectly cut. I find my cards stand up better actually if they are just slightly off a perfect edge cut. Lately for my Christmas Cards, I make about ten at a time. I am trying to do ten a month to stay ahead of the crazy time in November and December. But sometimes when I make ten card bases, I do notice a slight edge may have more paper sticking out than the other, and will trim it off. Sometimes I don't because I know it will stand better just cut slightly off! In my opinion, I think paper comes cut slightly off, because they do this is mass production. The machines are accurate but the paper is not. Very slight imperfections in mass can lead to bigger imperfections.
I have a Fiskars Rotary blade cutter. I love this tool! I couldn't cut papers without it. It looks like it cuts very straight every time. The way the user holds the paper or lines up the edges might also allow a slightly imperfect cut. I happen to like my rotary trimmer. It cuts clean after thousands of cuts. I have only replaced the blade twice in about three years. It was hard for me to let go the imperfections sometimes, as it used to bother me soooo much. Then I noticed the slightly off-cut cards stood up a little better to display. Then it didn't bother me as much. No one really notices but the maker! :)
After our last discussion I went to our local MIchaels store and found a wonderful lady there who suggested that instead of a rotary cutter I try a sliding blade cutter, the secret though she said was to make sure the cutter had a firm measuring bed that did not bend when you pushed down on it. She also told me that when you use a rotary cutter depending which you press the rotary blades can bend in or out therefore messing up your cut. I purchased the new Fiskars with the wire in the cutting slot. I have never been so pleased.Yah Bonnie at Michaels.
That's really strange because I think that the cutter you are talking about is the same one that I bought before this new one. I didn't have any luck with it either, but I am really glad that you love it! I guess that's what it comes down to is just finding what works for you and maybe that won't be the same for everyone. You're right though, I have noticed that the blades can do some weird things which will cause a bad cut...so strange! Glad you found something you love. :0)
After innumerable tries to have straight cut card I have decided that THIS will be my "trademark" in my card making. : "You can tell it is hand made by me by... the signature at the back... and a crooked line somewhere".
If the base is crooked, everything else after that is crooked. I have finally accepted that anything manufactured by humans will not be "perfect". When I lived in the Middle East (Iran) years ago, I was told by a carpet seller that there will always be deliberate mistakes in a Persian carpet, because: " Nothing is perfect but Allah" I have always liked that theory and I still embrace it now. I also think that if anyone chooses to criticize a card because of its (imagined) defects, I should tell them a) that's the way it's supposed to be and b)I'm sure the next card YOU make will be perfect!
We all work too hard at a craft we enjoy to let minor difficulties slow us down!!
But I still get p!@#ed at those crooked cuts :)