Ok, so I've tried 1 w. a lazer & the cricut trimmer.... Had so-so results with both. At times, I have to enlist family to help cut things! Any advice? I'd rather not spend like 100 bucks but then again, I'm wasting money when things aren't lined up properly. I'm a perfectionist that ends up with an inch of paper left out of a 12x12 it seems! (Sometimes. Seems as though I have "good days" & "bad days" when it comes to trimming. Thanks everyone! =)
I hate it when I get a pile of 1 inch strips but I use a pair of fancy edging scissors to make a nice strip and use it for decorating a page or card, and you can layer more than one. Or you can make cool bookmarks.
You can get all kinds of cutting boards for a reasonable price that have lines drawn on them and measurements like the ruler and different blades for fancier cuts (like the pinking blade). Fiskars carry quite a few and almost every top brand.Have you checked out the store here?
That's what I ended up doing. I bought my guillotine cutter in June and have not had one problem with it. Before, my trimmers would tug and tear my paper! Frustrating, especially when it even happened with a brand new trimmer!
I highly recommend Fiskars. They have many styles and come in lots of price ranges. It's easy to find replacement blades and Fiskars has excellent customer service and guarantees. I own 4 different ones. I use 2 at the school I teach at...so you know they get lots of use. You can type in Fiskars trimmers on the store here and look at the different styles.
I love love love me Carl cutter. It has additional blades to go with it in all sorts of shapes. It is the only cutter I can work with, I have tried others but no luck. Dont know what it is but I am hooked on this brand. I am not sure if they still available everywhere, I had a hard time locating a new one. Me old one is wearing out (not the blade but the ruler), bought one second hand that was new. The Carl cutter I use is the light blue one, I also bought a huge grey one but not have the space to use it yet The thing I love about it, is the seperate blade available to it.
I have a Carl which I use most of the time but I also have a big guillotine cutter that I use when I have a lot to cut or big jobs. A real good guillotine can't be beat but the lightweight plastic ones are no good. I have a nice wood one and am going to by another one that is smaller. I used my big one in my classroom and am soon retiring and the big one just takes up too much space.
I have a Fiskars that I really like! I had the Cutterpede one, but it broke in no time at all!! I had the fiskars with the blade & it stinks, but the one with the rotary blade is fantastic!! I think with Fiskers... you get whatcha pay for, so go for the one that it a little more $$
Over the years I've tried many trimmers. My favourite by far is Fiskars, the one with the blue leaf design. It has a guide wire. I bought mine with a 50% coupon at Michael's & it still cost me about $30. Here it's less than $24.00. Great price! I've had two now because the wire on my first one frayed. I took pictures of it and sent it to Fiskars and they promptly sent me a new one. They also sell titanium replacement blades, these are fantastic, last a long time and I use mine a lot! I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one.
I love my Cutterpede rotary. Mine is purple. I've had it for 4 years now and I've only needed to replace the cutting mats. I only recently put a new blade in. The trimmer is wearing out now but I shall buy another the same when it finally gives up the ghost.
I have a Fiskars mini blade trimmer too. It doesn't give as clean nor as straight a cut, but it will do for travelling.