I was going to suggest slamming it on a table, but that's probably not the best or safest fix!! LOL Sometimes when my punches get stuck, I take my scissors (or something strong) and push the bottom of the punch until it pops back out. Then punch some wax paper so it doesn't happen again.
Not sure who it was, but somebody said putting it in the freezer for a minute loosens it up. I've had success pushing & repushing the punch mechanism, then sliding a butterknife into the paper channel gently. Good luck!
ETA: I just bought that punch today!
Edited by GemGirl on 05-16-11 11:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I'm afraid that I'm a violent scrapper - I bang it against the table and then, if that doesn't work, I smack it lightly with my little MM hammer. I haven't had one yet that didn't pop open from that little act of violence
I also slam ( I call it smacking) but make sure I have a magazine on the table to protect the table... not the punch! Hey... I like the idea of the little hammer! Makes me think of the Beatles song.... bang bang Maxwells silver hammer came down on.... we could insert our own words.....the punch!!!!
Edited by pinkpaperairedale on 05-16-11 04:32 PM. Reason for edit: No reason given.
I punch aluminum foil occasionally to sharpen mine, but I am another slammer here ... I usually slam the side of it against the table and it pops right open (and yes, we do seem to be a fairly violent group )
I usually start by pushing against the bottom of it with my thumb, but I think banging it against something is often the only way. Just be careful about hitting it with metal things though, because I've dented the sharp edge of the cutter with scissors before, and that was the end of that punch.
I try to "service" mine every now and then by making 20 or so punches through aluminium foil to sharpen them and shave off any dents, then half a dozen through waxed paper to lubricate them. That works.
If it's a new punch though - straight back to the shop!
I hit it with my mm hammer, then sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.. Then I 'punched' paper towel (not all the way cuz I didn't want it to get stuck again) until the grease was gone.. now they punch like new!
Edited by Gramma3x!! on 05-20-11 09:44 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.