I started sewing when I was in high school, I decided in my sewing class I was going to make a quilt. I used scissors and the fold lines of a pack of fat quarters (I think) to make my squares. Well I was talking to another teacher (not mine) and she taught me about using a rotary cutter, ruler and mat.
I frequented Jo-Ann's in high school (I received a student discount, and it was near my high school job!) And since they had sales so often, I was able to pick this up:
It looked almost exactly like this!! grey rotary cutter, orange ruler and grey mat. (I still have all of it!) But after a few years my cutter got a "cut" in the screw that held the blade in place. It had been a few years, so I bought another one. A pretty pink one.
When I worked at Jo-Ann's someone had returned a double sided mat because a corner was bent, and since that was bent it went on clearance, so with my discount I paid about $3 for my second mat! I was happy about that bargain!
A few years ago I noticed my cuts weren't as straight as they had been in the past.I realized that I had been slowly scraping the ruler with my cutter. So I had to buy a new one, I really wanted a new fiskars one, I like the orange, where all the little lines are and such. But they only had 6.5" rulers. And I don't deal well with change. So I bought an Omni ruler. I didn't keep it. It had TOO many lines on it, I couldn't see ANYTHING. So I returned it, and bought a Olfa ruler. It's been quite nice.
Now the cutter, I had mentioned I bought a pretty pink one, well I was shopping with my MIL after Thanksgiving at Jo-Ann's and she asked if I wanted anything, Fiskars was 50% off, so I said I wouldn't mind another rotary cutter, just so I had one. So she bought me another pink one, just a brighter pink.
I don't know how long I have had that one, but I was cutting the other night (with a new blade) and it was missing spots. So I took it apart and looked. The little screw that held in the blade had ANOTHER cut in it (where the blade meets it). I was SO frustrated, I had a lot of stuff I wanted to cut out, but I couldn't due to this!
I ran to Jo-Ann's to see if they were having a sale on Fiskars (never buy ANYTHING full price at Jo-Ann's they ALWAYS have sales or coupons.). They were 40% off. They had some colors that I was not too impressed with, but it's something I need for my quilting. As I was looking at the package I saw their phone number. So I decided to give them a call.
After waiting a few minutes on hold I got a human. I explained the problem I have been having with the bolt, and she told me that she would send me some. FOR FREE!!!! She asked for my address and said they would be on their way!
I am so excited to have my rotary cutter back! I have had so many things I have wanted to cut up, but I have been unable to since my rotary cutter was being difficult.