05 March 2011

How to Sharpen Your Rotary Cutter Blade

 

 

IMG_0244

These are my faithful rotary cutters… the 28mm and 45mm. Sadly, they are as blunt as a hammer !

 

IMG_0245

 

Everyone has this in their kitchen, right?  And what has the aluminium foil to do with sharpening rotary cutter blade, you ask ?

 

 

IMG_0246

 

Well, you simply fold a piece of  foil a few times and just slice away with your blunt dull rotary cutter…pausing a few times to test it out on your fabric scraps …till it starts slicing away your fabric too!

 

 

IMG_0247

 

You will end up with this and an almost new rotary cutter!

OUR_SP~16

Oh yeah!!!

 

 

 

I found this little trick while hopping and surfing in blogland .

The only catch is how long the blade will keep sharp. Still, it beats throwing it into the trash.

I read that it works too for sharpening scissors.

 

Disclaimer : I will not be held responsible for any mishap or misfortune in the process of sharpening your rotary cutter blade. Please take caution.

 

 

P.S. Let me know if it works for you too Smile

71 comments:

  1. Wow....that sounds like a great tip...I'm going to try it :)

    Kelly

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It really works thank you!

      Delete
  2. I think I love you :)

    thank you so much - it works a treat - I tested it on a totally blunt (like just made dents in the fabric) blade and now ... and it now cuts really well ...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Thanks for that tip Penny, I have lots of blunt blades I can sharpen now.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Penny, I had heard of that trick before but had never tried it. Thanks for posting that you did and it really works. I never throw my rotary cutter blades away... have them all stored in a plastic container. Now I am going to try to sharpen them! :o)

    XOXO,

    Cyndi

    ReplyDelete
  5. I am going to try it right now...thanks a bunch!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. It is worth trying! I'll give it go when I cutter gets blunt!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Oh wow... I am off to sharpen a couple of blades I kept for 'paper'.... I wonder if this works on scissors too??? I am going to try that too .....
    Hugz

    ReplyDelete
  8. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [06 Mar 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

    ReplyDelete
  9. Penny:

    Yes, it does work. I have used this tip on my scissors. It is much better than buying a new blade or trying to find someone to sharpen the scissors. Great tip.

    cathy

    ReplyDelete
  10. yeah...i think it's a great tip...i have to try this. thank you so much for sharing

    ReplyDelete
  11. 100 times thank you Penny..... my cutter didn't cut 3 to 4 layers of simple cotton... A very sweet kiss dear, I am sure it will work...
    Hope you will enjoy your visit if you can spare a little bit to see some napkin folds at
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

    ReplyDelete
  12. Who knew?! I will have to try this on my older blades.

    ReplyDelete
  13. thank you penny for sharing such a a great tip!! i am going to try it

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great tip - thanks. You are doing some beautiful stitcheries - enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great tip! I'm off to try that!
    xx,shell

    ReplyDelete
  16. That is bloody brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this! Too bad I just bought a 5 pack of new blades for a ridiculous amount of money! I'm sure I will use them eventually - but for now, I am going to sharpen my blade!
    Cheers,
    Carolyn

    ReplyDelete
  17. This is the best thing I have ever heard. I just did it and you saved me a trip to the store and some money! This is priceless information

    ReplyDelete
  18. You are fantastic! Great, great idea. I am going to put a link to this on my blog!! You are so clever.

    ReplyDelete
  19. What a clever girl you are. Have you tried it with pinking blades?

    ReplyDelete
  20. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing this tip.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I can't wait to try this!!! Thank you!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thankssssssssssssssssssssssssssss!

    ReplyDelete
  23. This sounds great, will try it as well. Only thing is, now I will b buying tin foil for my quilt room for sure when on sale....thks. Also, I know Harbor Freight sells them for $1.49 when on sale or #1.99 not on sale, blades....FYI. We all thank u for this tip, the economy does not allow me to keep buying for sure..........

    ReplyDelete
  24. I will be taking this tip along with some foil to quilt camp next year! Thank you so much!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Oh my gosh! I just sharpened three pairs of scissor that my husband has ruined. What a great tip.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Yes this does work. I used foil on an old pair of scissors that I normally used for cutting paper. I cut fabric after using the foil and I could cut fabric. Works great, but don't know how long it lasts.

    ReplyDelete
  27. This also works great for your paper punches. Just put the foil in and punch a few shapes.

    ReplyDelete
  28. You're a smart cookie. I'm 72 and have kept foil with my crochet and plastic canvas supplies for years, for that very reason - to sharpen my scissors! I even blogged about it several times. You just did your readers a big favor.

    Any kind of foil will work. I have been known to recycle Tootsie Roll Midgie bags this way because they are foil and the candies are pre-wrapped so there is no residue on the bags.

    Here's my own post on the subject, in case you are interested...
    http://prayersncrafts.blogspot.com/2011/06/keeping-those-scissors-sharp-easy-way.html

    ReplyDelete
  29. I even had a dear friend who had to use a nebulizer every day, several times a day. The little vials of meds came in foil pouches. I saved those puppies and had a stash of "sharpeners" for quite a while!

    ReplyDelete
  30. thaNKS FOR THE GREAT TIP FOUND ON PINTEREST!
    hEATHER X

    ReplyDelete
  31. I am going upstairs and try it now!
    Thanks!
    Paula vintage-2-vogue

    ReplyDelete
  32. Thank you! You saved me hours of work! I cannot buy here a new blade and the old one got really bad. Now it works as good as it got used to be.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Excellent idea, I have 22 years worth of blunt and nicked blades in a bag that need sharpening! Will give all my students a frill to find they are using old blades with fresh new edges. Will pass the tip on if they all notice how well they cut!!! Thank you

    ReplyDelete
  34. thanks for this tip and thanks to anonymous for the idea to look at Harbor Freight for new ones!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Hi Penny,
    I have a whole stack of rotary blades I will be sharpening today.
    Thanks for the tip. I saw it on Pinterest. Do you mind if I post it on my quilting blog as well?

    ReplyDelete
  36. Tried the trick, it does not work.

    ReplyDelete
  37. So clever....thank you for your blog. Appreciate knowing this tip.
    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi Penny!
    Just to let you know, the foil trick also works for dies (Sizzix, etc.), paper punches and paper cutters. It's a great trick! Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Well, didn't do the trick for me, what am I Doing wrong? I used about 10-12 layers of foil, cut several times and the blade was actually worse than before.

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hi, you have interesting post! Thank you for your info.sharpening scissors

    ReplyDelete
  41. Love this idea! Penny, I love the quilt at the top of your "Penny's Hands" page; what is the name of the block? Thanks! :cD

    ReplyDelete
  42. worked for me! the blade wasn't completely gone, but definitely skipping. and now it's not. thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  43. Thanks for this brilliant tip. So good to know. Cherrie

    ReplyDelete
  44. I head up the Rescue Mission quilting group and we go through a lot of blades. This simple hint will save us a lot of money we can put to better use. I will try it on dull needles as well. Thanks and God bless. O.L.T.

    ReplyDelete
  45. A piece of foil a few times and just slice away with your blunt dull rotary cutter…

    Wood Chipper Knives

    ReplyDelete
  46. Great idea. Found you through Pat Bravo on Facebook.

    ReplyDelete
  47. For scissors, try cutting through a piece of fine sandpaper a few times. Then, cut through some wax paper. I'm and art teacher and this is what I do to sharpen and clean my student scissors.

    ReplyDelete
  48. I just tried this for a half an hour and it RUINED my rotary blade! I tried thin pieces of tin foil, thick pieces, long ones, short ones, I am so upset. Thankfully Fiskars is sending me a free replacement.

    ReplyDelete
  49. It does not sound good in my ear, but very good in my wallet. I wish we try it next time my blade is dull ...
    Translated by Google translate, so maybe it sounds funny ...
    Thanks from Mette in Denmark

    ReplyDelete
  50. I've just been considering buying a blade sharpener as I seem to get a dull blade after just a couple of days and I don't sew all that much (maybe I press too hard to my mat is made out of titanium or something...). I am so glad this came up in Google before I did since I can't really afford it at the minute, but equally can't afford to keep buying new blades all the time either!

    ReplyDelete
  51. i tried it but it did not work. my blade became all the more dull. is there a special way to do it?

    auntie bot

    ReplyDelete
  52. Thanks a bunch for the great tip.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I have used this trick to sharpen my old pair of scissors.. it works. Just cut through foil several times..
    Becky in PA>

    ReplyDelete
  54. Hi Penny, thanks for the tip, this worked really well

    ReplyDelete
  55. I have read that this is an 'old trick' for pinking shears.

    ReplyDelete
  56. wow thanks so much for tip big hugs Rachel Neugin

    ReplyDelete
  57. What a great tip. Going to try this.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Does this work with rotational paper cutters too?!?

    ReplyDelete
  59. @Jade

    I have not tried with those. I guess you can give it a try with the one that you are going to toss out.

    ReplyDelete
  60. It made my blade duller strangely enough!

    ReplyDelete
  61. Just tried this wouldn't cut butter before ,wouldn't cut butter now. Shame i was quite excited ah well.

    ReplyDelete
  62. My husband, an engineer, says this is rubbish! I disagree and often use foil, but do find it does not last long. The replacement head for my old dahle cutter is over 9.99 and is more expensive now than I paid for the cutter! Shall carry on with the foil despite the 'expert' opinion from hubby!!!

    ReplyDelete
  63. I wonder if this would work on sewing needles as well... Def gonna try on my rotary blades!

    ReplyDelete
  64. What a great idè - would have to try it out :-)

    ReplyDelete