Could somebody please tell me a good paper trimmer to buy? I have had three and all seem to cut crooked?? I have had a fiskars, cutterpede and now a Kaisercraft one..maybe its me and Im doing something wrong..any suggestions? Thanks!
I have two Fiskars Rotary cutters (one for my desk at home, but it's two big and cumbersome to travel with so I got a smaller one for my To Go Bag). Is your trimmer a rotary one or the kind with the blade inside a track? I've had those kind and on every one of them, the track part always would get distorted/out of shape over time and start cutting crooked. Rotary cutters in my opinion are better because their tracks can't get distorted like that (just have to be sure to keep blade and cutting strip underneath changed periodically). Of course, rotary trimmers are a bit harder to get used to cutting, because their blade guide makes it a little bit harder to see where you're cutting, but I don't mind that as much as a crooked cut.
I have the making memories 12x12 metal one with the self sharpening blade, it's good.
I have the little fiskars slide across. It's not so good but it's small and travels nicely.
My favorite is a Dahle, (it's not scrapbooking specific). It cuts the straightest, it will cut off the finest little piece and it cuts through everything without hesitation. That said it's not on a sweet grid like the making memories cutter which is more user friendly.
Edited by Msceejay2000 on 03-11-11 09:49 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I really like my making memories one, its not good for small pieces (smaller than 2") but it cuts well. The only complaint is if you want really straight cuts you need to use the grid and not the rails.
I just ordered the Cutterpillar pro for the introductory special. If its as good as it looks, then I got a great deal (looks like the genesis style trimmer, with the back light) but if not then its $50 wasted. We will see, but I have my fingers crossed.
The making memories is a great trimmer and it will be my portable one for crops. I still like it and will recommend it to anyone
My hubby told me the same thing! I just don't know anyone that has one, so I was waiting for a review before I pull the trigger.
There is someone on the veggie site who has one and you can always ask her questions. She also has a Genesis so it would be interesting to have the comparison. I am in Canada and it will likely be 2 weeks before I get mine and I would hate for you to miss the special while waiting for mine to come.
I got a shipping notice, yay I ordered it last night and I can't wait to get it. Let me know how you like it when you get yours. I love the edge light feature and with LED lights the batteries will last awhile.
I can't wait for the review, FYI the special is only on for 7 more days so check back. Mine shipped on Monday and is stuck in customs but the customer service has been great and there is someone on the veggie site who has one and has really likes it. She said the batteries were nice because the cord was a pain on her genesis when she was at crops. To her its more portable but that just shows perspective because I was planning on using my MM as the portable one and I know many poeple who say its too big.
I got my Cutterpillar in last night! holy cow, it cuts so smooth. you don't have to push down on the blade, it just glides along the bar. The backlighting is nice so you can see where the piece you cut off went. The blade would be very difficult to hurt yourself on (trust me, I can hurt myself in a padded room) as it has the trimmer on one side and a plastic housing on the other, very little of the cutting blade shows and you'd pretty much be trying to cut yourself on it if you were to get cut. The lines it cuts are the cleanest I've ever seen. there is a drawer on the underside with a bump-down for scissors and a larger area you could put cardstock in when going to a crop. The box it comes in is very nice with a built-in handle. It takes 5 AA batteries to power the lights.
my only complaint is no 1/8" markings, the smallest it goes is 1/4".
I think, and so does DH, that it's well worth the sale price of $50.
Over at the veggie site people are raving about theirs too. Mine will be here tomorrow I think. If you are looking for a good trimmer I would get this one, the special only lasts for 7 more days (PM me if you need a link). They said on the veggie site the blade had a lifetime warranty.
Thanks for answering about the blade because my 4 yr old uses my MM trimmer and I wanted to make sure this was okay for her to use (she also uses the ATG). Everyone has said it cuts straight and very smooth. I can't wait for mine to come.