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Jeminileft
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I am a newbie I am having trouble selecting a trimmer. I have a guillotine. And an old 12" trimmer. I need a good trimmer. I have narrowed it down to these specs.
Rotary
ACCURATE.
Ability to trim thin strips
Ability to see exactly where the cut is
Blade selections for scoring and decorative edges

Suggestions?.. Tks!


 
crichards1
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That's basically what I want, too. I had decided to get the Creative Memories trimmer until they filed bankruptcy. Now I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to get replacement blades. I'm thinking now that I'll get the Fiskars. I'll be interested in what other people use and what their opinions are.


Edited by crichards1 on 08-16-13 02:42 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
Henri Jean
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Love love love my Fiskars rotary! Never a crooked cut although I have to be careful to put the paper firmly against the side.

Easy to change the blades although I almost never have too - maybe once a year or every-other year and mine is used all the time.

I love it so much I bought a second one which stays in my scrap wagon to go to crops.

Will cut up to 4 pieces of cardstock at a time - the way it is marked I can do very thin or very wide mats with no measuring!

Thin strips are no problem - I do it all the time.


 
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Henri Jean, which Fiskars rotary trimmer do you have? Scrapbook.com has five styles, and I wasn't sure which one I should be looking at. Thanks.


 
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I also have a Fiskars and I love it. I'm not sure which style it is, I believe I got it from Hobby Lobby. It looks sort of like the one referenced above.


 
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Thanks Amanda Emily. I'll look at Hobby Lobby.


 
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I have the Fiskars trimmer you showed above (in the first post) I love it! I did have the SU trimmer when I was a demo, it was nice but once I quit I didn't want to have to constantly be ordering from SU to get the replacement blades so I decided to go w/ something I could get blades for in the stores. The price for the Fiskars is great too, I *think* I only paid like $16 for mine! (the SU trimmer is $$$$$ for what u get in my opinion) My only complaint about the Fiskars trimmer I have is I have to stand up in order to see the grid for cutting since it's the same color as the trimmer. But maybe this is only a problem w/ that particular one. I love how u can get different cutting blades, love Fiskars!


 
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Thanks Bethannf. That's helpful information.


 
pinkpaperairedale
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Fiskars Sure cuts a lot. That is the model I use. I have 4 trimmers and it is my favorite. I don't think you can beat Fiskars for quality and customer service.


 
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So true. And the replacement blades are so inexpensive, and I barely have to change mine.


 
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I LOVE my Fiskars Trimmer. I have this one. If I have issues, it's always been user error.

I picked mine up at J's when it was on sale, and I had a coupon good for sale prices--which made it cheaper than the cheap trimmers.

It did take some getting used to, but I love the rotary blade. Replacements are pretty cheap, and last a long time. There are even some decorative blades you can get.


 
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It seems that Fiskars is the democratic choice here! I'm late to the party, and I'm going to throw another idea in, but the Cutterpede ticks all the boxes. I LOVE mine.
Products Referenced in This Post:
Cutterpede Score Blade (Discontinued)
Cutterpede Trimmer (Discontinued)


 
crichards1
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What other blades do you have? I know the box says there are several you can use, but the only Style F 28 mm that I can find on the internet are the Scallop. Amazon usually has everything, and even they don't have anything but the Scallop. I would love to find different ones if they are still available. The ones I've posted below are the ones I'd like to have but can't find anywhere. Thanks.


Edited by crichards1 on 08-23-13 01:53 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


 
Henri Jean
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I'm home now and checking my Fiskars trimmer - says it takes Blade Style "F" but no model number.

It is not any of the ones posted here - going to the Fiskars site to see if I can find it.

I can't even find it on the Fiskar's site - mine is so old they have been redecorated and I can't recognize it. My rotary housing is cream color and the ones pictured are all orange. It does not have a wire.

I It's probably one of the ones above but my blade housing looks more substantial than those but that could just be the photograph also.

I think you are safe if you get one that takes blade "F" though. That blade is also interchangeable so you can make little designs cutting across but I've never done that although I have some of the other blades.


 
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Another vote for Fiskars here


 
binkiemonstermom
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The hunt for the perfect trimmer!!!!
I am enjoying my Stampin' Up trimmer. They are now offering a rotary attachment arm for it and four blades! I am loving that I can have a standard trimmer or make it into a rotary trimmer. I like the flexibility to have both available!

I also love my guillotine cutter too!


 
jstahr
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Lots of ladies I scrapbook with say they absolutely LOVE the SU trimmer. But for rotary I would have to go with the Fiskars. I have an old large one. I find that it doesn't do that great on paper, but for heavier cardstock and chipboard....it's the cats meow!


 
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I have an Tonic Guillotine trimmer and love it. I also have a Fiskars Trimmer and have been considering upgrading to their rotary to get a more accurate cut (the trimmer with the wire in it wears out and breaks and you have to contact Fiskars). Another benefit to the Fiskars paper trimmers, if ANYTHING EVER BREAKS you take a photo of your trimmer send it to customer service and they will send you a new one. Fiskars has a LIFETIME warranty.


 
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Oh that's good to know, I wasn't aware of that!


 
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I wasn't either. After my paper trimmer with the wire guide in it broke (the wire guide wore out) I was rather upset I couldn't get replacements. When I got onto the Fiskars website I saw the Life Time Guarantee policy - emailed them with a photo of the trimmer and they sent me a new one no charge to me.


 
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Nice!


 
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The wire frayed on mine, too. Sent the photo and Fiskars replaced it along with some easy to follow directions to remove the frayed one and attach the new one. I think that Fiskars has the very best customer service of any company out there.


 
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I'll for sure have to keep that in mind. Mine works great, and I can't imagine it will go bad anytime soon. I'm forgetful, so hopefully I remember this tid of great information!


 
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I am looking to get a new trimmer too. I currently have a Cricut one which works great but M's is no longer selling the replacements and HL never has. Joann's had them but who knows for how long so I figure I am better off just getting a new one. (Mine's old anyways.) I have been looking at Fiskars but wasn't sure about them. I'm glad I found this thread.


 
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Scrapnut~ The first trimmer I really used for papercrafting came with my original Cricut. You are right about finding the replacement blades. Even when I did find them, they were always excluded from coupons or sales because they were "cricut" brand. Now I am a dedicated, one brand only owner of Fiskars trimmers. Always easy to find and use the replacement blades. I keep a pack of 2 as a back up. They are small and easy to store. I never want to be involved with a project and have to stop to go shopping for new blades. I have found that the blades last a very long time. I cut lots of cardstock for cardmaking.


 
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I have the American Craft Cut Up Trimmer! http://store.scrapbook.com/ac-90713.html
I love it! and as you see it has lots of options for decorative edges. You can store them right on the trimmer so they wont take up more space somewhere else. The trimmer comes with 3 different blades.


 
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The American Crafts trimmer looks great! I am interested in getting a rotary trimmer. I had only been looking at the Fiskars though. How often do you need to replace the blades on this? It looks great that you can use so many different blades and keep them on the trimmer itself. Have you bought extra blades? Which ones do you have? It also seems like a good price for this.


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mandacarlisle
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  • crichards1 Said:
The American Crafts trimmer looks great! I am interested in getting a rotary trimmer. I had only been looking at the Fiskars though. How often do you need to replace the blades on this? It looks great that you can use so many different blades and keep them on the trimmer itself. Have you bought extra blades? Which ones do you have? It also seems like a good price for this.



I've had the product for almost a year now and I have yet to replace any of the blades. Although you should know I am a full time college student so my use of it may be lower than some. I have the straight, scoring, scallop ( those came with the product). And I bought the pinking later. And honestly I've found no need to buy any of the others yet.


 
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Thank you! It sounds like a great trimmer. It's on my Wish List now, and I think I'll purchase it soon.


 
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Thank you for this discussion! I was just looking at some trimmer review videos on YouTube yesterday afternoon. The Fiskars trimmers seemed to be the overwhelming favorite. One reviewer ranked the Cutterpede right up there with the Fiskars product she'd reviewed.

I have the Stampin' Up rotary trimmer. I like it a lot. I especially like that the scoring blade is right there on the trimmer as well. Since I also make cards, it's a handy feature.

Lately, though, I've been wanting a trimmer that can make a variety of cuts, with different blades/cartridges. You've all given me food for thought and research. (I LOVE research!!! ) After the wonderful feedback on Fiskars' customer service, I'll be checking them out more closely.

Thanks again, all!


 
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