Monday, 31 January 2011
My Westcott rotary cutter was beginning to chew paper rather than cut it, then I looked at the channel the blade runs through - totally choked with glue and other gunk. The end of the tweezers soon dug that out, but the cutting did not really improve until I found a tip on several other web sites about kitchen foil. It needs to be the strong turkey type foil. Run your blade through that a few times and you do not need to hunt out an expensive replacement. The same type of foil works just as well for that apparently blunt blade on your Silhouette / Craft Robo etc. Just lay a sheet of the foil on your carrier sheet and set your machine to cut several straight lines and that really helps. I am told that it also brightens up your punches, although I have not personally tried it, and Shaz Silverwolf reminded me today that punching through wax paper helps them to run more smoothly (Thanks, Shaz).
I have been having problems recently with blades, cutting types of all kinds - craft knives, rotary cutters, die cutters - you name it and it needed help. I have an excellent scissor sharpener (Fiskars) which deals with those instantly and returns all scissors to scalpel sharpness (not sure about curved parchment scissors though).