November 18, 2013 at 3:20 pm #6424
What brand of paper trimmer do you have? What do you like about it? What was the worse you've had?November 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm #224381
I had a small orange Fiskars personal trimmer and all my cuts were crooked. My lovely engineer of a hubby pointed out that the swing arm is flimsy and flexible and the way it swings down from left to right allows for even more flexing to the right thus causing consistent crooked cuts.
The loving little man that he is came home with a Cricut personal trimmer where the swing arm comes down from the top. Since both sides are braced it prevents any flexing and you get a nice straight cut every time. Note: I've had friends who have dull blades right out of the package. If this happens to you u can either tu the blade (it may be sharper on the other side) or just replace the blade. I also like that there is an embossing blade with it too.November 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm #224382
I have a simple office-supply guillotine paper trimmer. I love it because it it square and make straight cuts.
I had a fiskars paper trimmer which I absolutely hated. The blades needed to be replaced so often and it did cut straight because of the wiggling of the plastic part. The only reason I kept it for so long was that it was easy to make score lines.November 18, 2013 at 4:53 pm #224384
I have Tonic guillotine paper trimmers, which I love!! I have the large base the small base, and the personal trimmer (for trimming photos & small stuff). They are the sharpest and most accurate trimmers I've used. When I first started papercrafts, back in the late 1990s, I picked up a Fiskars rotary trimmer, and used it for many years. The biggest problem I had with it is that it had a little rubber strip under the blade that had to be replaced periodically, which Fiskars discontinued when they updated the trimmer. I did NOT like the updated version, as it had a hard plastic strip that I couldn't get a straight, even cut with. That's when I switched to Tonic and never looked back. I still have that original rotary trimmer for guests to use, as I did manage to find a couple packages of those strips a couple eyars after buying the Tonics.November 18, 2013 at 5:28 pm #224383
I currently have a cutterpede and the big zutter trimmer for heavy duty materials. I love my cutterpede, I know some people don't like it. It hasn't failed me yet.
when I first started scrapping, I had the gray and orange fiskars that never cut straight. I always thought it was me until it broke and I got my cutterpede and made my first straight cut.November 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm #224385
I had a Creative Memories one – the only tool from them I hated… now I have a heavy duty Xacto that I bought at Staples. Been well used over 3 years and just now needs a blade sharpening but will last forever other than that.November 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm #224386
Well,at least I'm not alone with the crooked Fiskar trimmer, it is the one I use,but I don't count on the swing arm. Time to change it up! Ooh, just in time for my Christmas list!November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm #224387November 18, 2013 at 9:24 pm #224388
I still use the Fiskars blue thing with the swingout arm that I bought when I started scrapping. And I confess to being pretty er, frugal when it comes to replacing the blades, so I end up with an automatic distressed edge on everything I cut.
You need to be very careful lining up and you need to have a good grip on you paper while running the blade, but otherwise, it works for me.
I'd love to have a guillotine, but as long as this works…November 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm #224390
I have the large and personal size Fiskars Rotary blade cutters and have had no problems. The cutterpede and I could no get a straight cutNovember 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm #224391
I have the Carl 12 Professional Rotary Paper Trimmer from Staples and I like it. I've had it since 2008 (?) and it works well. My only problem is that is not completely 90 degrees angle and my paper looks crocked sometimes when I forget to correct for the little bit that it's off.November 18, 2013 at 10:09 pm #224392
I have two paper trimmers–the Fiskars gray one that I use about a third of the time and then a guillotine Purple Cow trimmer that also has a rotary cutter on one side with a few interchangeable blades for different edges. I do lots of cards so I usually use the Purple Cow to cut groups of papers and then the Fiskers for quick jobs.November 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm #224389
I've had the Fiskars trimmer and now I have the Tonic orange & grey one and I find that both of them never give me a straight cut. I'd like to get one of those big heavy duty paper trimmers that you find in an office.November 19, 2013 at 6:05 am #224393
I searched for the perfect paper trimmer for years. After trying everything on the market, I finally found one I love. It is the Fiskars ProCision Rotary 12 trimmer. You can't change blades, but the blade never has to be replaced because it has a self-sharpener. It cuts chipboard, and you can shave tiny little bits off edges. It is currently on sale at scrapbook.com for $96. I've had mine about a year now and I absolutely love it. Straight cuts every time, even on a stack of cardstock, and no expensive blades or rubber strips to buy. My former Fiskars trimmers wouldn't cut straight, and the big Zutter one is too heavy. I want to be buried with it, just in case.November 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm #224394
I totally need a new trimmer! I have the Martha Stewart one and HATE it! It doesn't even go up to 12 inches! UGH!
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