Wowie sometimes a saying can be so true! A while back I found what I thought was an amazing deal on rotary cutter blades at a fabric store. They had Singer blades on sale for $0.99 each! Yey, I thought, I'd better stock up! Up here in Canada blades are around $8.00 each so I thought I was getting a real deal. How bad can they be I wondered? Singer is a good name isn't it? Well, was I ever wrong! The blades burred so fast! They got nicks in them and just never cut well. The metal must be very soft in these blades. But, hey, I bought about 30 of them so I wanted to use them up!! I've been putting up with these blades on projects for a while so I stopped noticing how horid they are to work with!
This weekend, while I was demoing, I caught the corner of my ruler with my rotary cutter and really nicked the blade. I couldn't cut with it anymore so I ran over to the notions wall and grabbed a new blade (don't worry I paid for it latter LOL). I quickly switched blades and started cutting with a new Olfa blade instead of the Singer blade. Wowie-zowie what a difference! It was night and day a better blade. The cutting was perfect and the rotary cutter rolled wonderfully! I had forgotten how much I had to work to cut with those Singer blades, how much pressure I had to put on the cutter and the re-cuts I had to do!
You can pick the saying that applies here:
- penny wise pound foolish
- you get what you pay for
- if it seems to good to be true it probably is
I don't want to go back to using those cheap blades now. I have about 9 of those blades left and I want to throw them out!
What would you guys do? Would you throw the blades away or save them for an easy to cut out, accuracy not so important project?