Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Changing the Blade on Your Rotary Cutter


My mom loves to crochet edgings around receiving blankets to give as gifts. She keeps telling me how easy it is and that I should try it too but I'm stubborn and kept putting it off.

Last week, I received an email from Joann's saying Fleece was on sale so I decided to visit Joann's to pick some up. We'll talk about this tomorrow.

I also did a Google search for a "perforating blade". One of the first items I found for perforating blade was the Skip-Stitch Perforating Rotary Blade Facebook page. I followed the link to the Skip Stitch site and decided to order the Blade #1. It states that it is "perfect for perforating fleece and similar fabrics..."

While at Joann's, I also purchased the 45mm Fiskar's Rotary Cutter (with my coupon!).

This following post is on changing the blade out from the straight edge one it comes with to the perforating blade.

CAUTION: USE CAUTION!! VERY SHARP!


This is the view of the front.
This is the view of the back.
The dark gray crescent moon piece on
the top that you see is the a protecting cover.
The button you see in the first image is what you
use to bring the blade out and back in.


First, you'll need to remove the nut on
the. Use your index finger to hold the big
orange piece so it doesn't move (after
you loose the nut).

Next, unscrew the nute.




To remove the screw, I faced the blade
side down and used my index finger
to push down on the screw.
I CAREFULLY slide off the blade onto a
folded piece of card stock.
I'm sure there is a pair of pliers you could use
for this, but I didn't have any around. I was just
extra careful as I was sliding off the blade.
I also kept my finger on the shiny, flat part and
 used light pressure so as not to slip.


To place on the skip stitch blade, I
CAREFULLY slid it off a piece of
folded card stock and onto the
rotary cutter.
Then I CAREFULLY moved it into
place using my finger tip on the
shiny, flat part of the blade.
CAUTION: The pokey parts that are
used to do the perforating are SHARP!

Replace the screw, place index finger on
the orange piece and tilt to replace the
nut on the reverse side.
IF you don't hold the orange piece, the
screw will keep turning around.





Tada!
Use the button to retract the blade until ready to use.
Here's a preview of what's to come tomorrow! Make sure to check back then!!
It will include a free pattern and fabric review.



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