When the hide away ruler is used it can accomodate the entire 12 x 12 cardstock. The cut is clean and the blade is sharp. It comes with an extra blade which is nice.
A must-have item for scrapbookers. But you'll need replacement blades, because they loose their sharpness quite quickly with regular use. I ended up needing to use an emory board to help finish up the cutting, after some time. But it doesn't bother me.
I had a Fiskars years ago and then went to the Cricut trimmer - that thing was terrible, so I went and bought a new one. I did a lot of research and I loved that this one had a wire for the trimming line - it was exact and it was easy as anything to make mats. I love it and will never buy anything else.
I'm not a fan of this trimmer. If I'm only cutting a couple inches and I don't need the swinging arm, then I can get a perpendicular cut easily; however, usually I need to cut longer pieces than 2.5 inches and I need the seining arm. When I have my swinging arm extended, it is slightly lower at a downward angle than the rest of the cutter, so my piece gets shower as i go down the cut :-( I don't know if I just received a defective trimmer or if they all have this problem. I tried opening it up more to make it parallel, but it's as far as it will go.