I have never felt that my fiskars cut completely straight. I want to get a new one. Any suggestions? I have never used anything other then a straight blade so any info on the other blades available would be appreciated.
I LOVE my 12" Carl RT-200 rotary trimmer that I got from Staples 2.5 yrs ago. I still haven't even replaced the blade once! It was a little expensive (for me anyway) back then but I'm very happy with my purchase
I have both of these Fiskars trimmers pictured above. Plus a smaller Fiskars trimmer and one from PC as well. The big one with the LED light I got on BF, my sweetheart decided I really needed a better trimmer when I was getting my business up and running. I LOVE it! And in fact just thanked him yesterday again for encouraging me to get it. This was my first time to really use a rotary cutter, and I haven't really noticed a difference. I still have the 3 smaller ones and will use one of them when I venture out to a crop, because the one with the LED light is really not portable.
I have the Making Memories rotary blade trimmer and I absolutely love it. It cuts through paper like butter, and it also comes with a magnetic ruler to help keep your paper in place.
Santa put a Cutterpede trimmer in my stocking along with some of the decorative blades, and I used it for the first time this weekend and love that one as well. I think I will be taking this one with me to crops since it is much lighter and than the Making Memories trimmer.
I'm glad you asked this question. I too think I need a better cutter.I have the Fiskar that you have. I don't always cut straight. They have a new one with a "cut" line. I was thinking about trying it. I actually purchased the Making Memories two piece cutter and took it back. It was too large for my space. Maybe I should have kept it. We had Large guillotine cutters at school. The paper always slipped. So I'm staying away from them. But then, the one at school probably needed sharpening. I also have a Fiskar purple rotary cutter and don't like it.I bought it because it had two plates with cutting lines. As you can see I'm in a quandary too.I hope we get more input.
I have two of them. I started with the Making Memories trimmer but it's a little bulky to take out and about...however, it works great. I also have a Fiskars cutter which I LOVE...it just seems easier to use...less cumbersome. Part of my problem may be that I need a bigger work space. Either way both of them work well.
I have everything listed so far and they all start cutting crooked after a while. I need a new one but don't want to pay the price for what I want. I guess a new Making Memories it's held up the best and cut straight the longest.
I have used a few now. I had a Fiskars and managed to get straight cuts out of it for quite a while before it started doing "wonky" cuts. I got a CM version and liked that too for a while but then the blades seemed to dull very fast, and it requires contact with a consultant to replace those blades. I finally listened to the reviews and got the Making Memories one on sale. I see now though that they also have it in pink. I have to say that it has been quite good at cutting a straight line and the blade self sharpens (so far very nicely) but it is a bit heavier and bulkier and of course you can't just start your cut anywhere on the page since it is a rotary style. I miss that last feature quite a bit having used the swing arm style for so long before getting it. Also, I do find that it much more difficult to put thinner strips of scrap paper into it because it has a rather wide (in comparison) guard piece. However it does a good job of cutting quite thin lines of paper from a sheet.
Please contact Fiskars' customer service before you give up on them! They have the best customer service. I had a trimmer that started cutting crooked and they sent me a replacement part that made all the difference. I currently use and LOVE these:
I went through a couple of Fiskars ones that never cut straight. A couple of years ago I picked up a Cricut trimmer for $10 and it gets the job done much better than the Fiskars ones did. I have always wanted to "nice" trimmer though
It's funny that I found this thread. I've been trying to decide for a week whether to keep the Carl RT-200 my daughter gave me for Christmas. It really cuts like butter and would be great for someone that makes cards. The problem is that the base is only 9" wide, and there are no markings for 1". That makes it hard to cut 1" off a 12" piece of paper.
I had heard of the Dahle rotary trimmers, so I started reading reviews and watching videos. I bit the bullet and bought the Dahle 550 Rotary Trimmer last night. It was very expensive ($125), but has a self-sharpening blade, and hopefully will last me for years. At that price, I sure hope so!
I have the fiskars 9" and like it then also have the purple cows one and it doesn't cut straight. If you line up the paper with the bottom edge it's a hair off 90 degrees and if you use the grid section it's off the other direction. I like the rotary part of it though and the ability to use different blades. I use that part of it quite often.
I have the MM 12x12 Paper Trimmer after going though the Fiskers ones at least every 6 months. I would replace the blades and they still didn't cut correctly. I have found the MM to be a bit large and doesn't fit well into my scrapbook tote for crops but I have just carried it in with me. I love the way it cuts, no replacement blades are needed and the magnetic ruler is great for placements of titles and embellishments.
I had the portable fiskars trimmer and it never cut straight once!!!!!
Now, I have the making memories 12x12 and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! It IS a bit large, but totally worth it! It will trim a hair's width off your paper and has a fantastic magnetic ruler!
Had the Fiskars, then a Carl, tried a Cutterpede, then the Making Memories--I broke my first one (totally my fault, nothing to do with scrapbooking), but my second has lasted has lasted me about three years and is still going fine, and it's self sharpening, so no replacements. Ilove it! Only problem--limit yourself to two or three layers of pp as it says. And I use the ruler a lot to hold pp down.
BTW, I still use the special scoring and perforating blades with my Carl, something MM doesn't have.
I have the MM which I use for almost EVERYTHING and LOVE,,,,,
But occasionally, I need to start cutting in the middle of my paper, and that's where my cutterpede comes in,,,,,,,I don't care for it for regular cutting, but for the occasional slice, works like a charm.
I am not a big fan of the MM one because I could never get it to cut where I wanted it to. I have the new, upgraded Fiskars trimmer and I LOVE it. Cuts straight and cuts photos and everything perfectly (the old one would scratch my photos). I love the placement wire guide and the large (6 inch) cutting surface. Pluse it is about 12 1/2 inches long which is great when your paper has that little strip that labels the manufacturer on it. Definatley would recommend it!
I can no longer find the correct blades for it. Does anybody know where I can get them? I only have a JoAnn's and Walmart in my area and while both of them sell replacement blades, none of them now fit my cutter. They are different somehow. I used to be able to get the replacements at both places but not any more.
Hi! I used to cut with making memories trimmer pink. But only after 2 weeks it didn't cut so good as the first day. The Cuts Are not so perfect and the cuts Are little bit distress. I'm so sad because i spent a lot of money but not happy for the results. I think my balde is not self sharpening. I always use patterned paper of BASIC grey or bazzill! Any suggestion to solve my problem? What about tour cuts? Always perfect? Wait impatiently your reply. Bye daniela
I have to tell you I am a HUGE fan on the TONIC. I bought it a couple of years ago because women at a crop raved about the perfect cut that it made and that the blade never went dull. I have to say it is true. You can cut the tiniest little trim off of something and it cuts perfect..........every time. And the blade is still like it was new 2 years ago, I swear. I have the 12 inch cutter and the smaller one as well.
Here is the larger one that I have
I have to agree with Carla. I absolutey LOVE my Tonic 12x12 guillotine cutter. As far as rotary cutters go, I have the MM one, but also have one called Cutterpillar (not Cutterpede) and I prefer that one. It doesn't fold like the MM one, but I still like it best.
As far as them cutting straight, try getting one of those triangular shaped rulers (I think they're actually for drafting) Be sure to get one with straight edges, not beveled. You place the short end of the triangle against the top edge of your cutter and line your paper up with the other straight edge of the triangle. It helps you keep it all straight. It's difficult to see in this photo as the ruler is clear, but if you click on it you can see it. This idea came from Becca on her Amazing Paper Grace blog.Using triangular ruler By Dwelch
I also have a Tonic and love it; however, I also have a Cutterpillar Pro. When I saw it, I had to buy it. It was so similar to the Genesis for a fraction of the price. I'm so glad I purchased it, because it's amazing. My poor Tonic is gathering dust these days.