Originally Posted by Blue-Spruce
Does anyone have any suggestions for cleaning up the edges of a shape after it has been die cut? There always seem to be extra little "threads" around the edges; not a big problem to remove when the shape is not too detailed, but a pain when the die is fairly detailed. I have a branch with leaves that looks ragged unless I remove the bits of extra stuff, but it's difficult to do because the branch is fairly narrow and there are lots of curves.
I have a Cuttlebug, which I love, and this seems to happen no matter what brand of dies I use, or what weight of paper.
Since it seems to happen no matter what type of paper or die you use that tells me it's your machine.
Sometimes, if your die-cut machine has been used a lot, or cutting different thickness of materials, the rollers in them might loosen/widen a bit. Since the wafer thin dies cut by applying pressure rather than sharp edges, you may have to add shims of cardstock or use the Cuttle Hug
to give that extra pressure needed to cut cleanly.
Try adding extra shims first and try Julie's hint about rotating the die and that may help.