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Old 11-03-2020, 09:40 AM   #1  
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Default Trimming Sentiment Strips and New Tool Take?

When it comes to getting a nicely aligned sentiment strip I always seem to go through a trial and error to get the results I want. There are various dies for cutting strips, but the process of finding the right one and making the cut is still a nuisance. Yes, yes, I know there are tricks out there from people like Jennifer McGuire, but what I want is a trimmer that will make the process quick and simple, regardless of whether I stamp with clear, cling, or mounted stamps. I own three trimmers (Carl, Fiskars, and Tonic) that I really like, but they just don't work all that well when it comes to 1/2" or so strips.

I've been waiting for a trimmer to be introduced that would be perfect for the job. Spellbinders claims its new Quick Trimmer will get great results with paper strips. It's primarily marketed for glimmer foil cutting, but I have no need for that. I watched the Spellbinders demo video and then was amused to see that the finished strip shown to the camera did not have the sentiment aligned all that evenly, IMHO! I'm also not that eager to have to use a sharp cutting blade. If you have purchased the Spellbinders Quick Trimmer, what is your take on its preciseness and ease of use?


Have any other companies come out with a product to get quick strips that have the words perfectly aligned?
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I haven't used it, but I thought that the Misti Cut Align was developed to address this?
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Personally I just a clear ruler with a steel edge, and a scalpel. Then I can line up along the base line of the font for my preliminary cut, and refine from there.
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It's that word "scalpel" that makes me cringe.  I have always been a dud when it comes to using straight edges or a Rotatrim.

Will look into this other tool you mentiooned!
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Just looked.  $20!  Seriously?!?  Seems like I already have a quilting ruler sitting around that might accomplish the same thing.
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I received one of the Spellbinders tools - I like it for foil but for paper I really feel like it's lacking - I do like the cutters, and the way they lock into the little channels, but I prefer the smaller grid lines on the MISTI rulers. Once you have one cut done, there's no reference point for a second cut, and no way to ensure your first cut was straight to begin with besides eyeballing.
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I like this discussion. I have the same problem with getting straight strip cuts. 
People usually say use a trimmer vs a guillotine but I dont have luck with them either. 

Gypsy rose-did you see what kind of blade she was using with the orange handle? I have that one and I think you do have better control with it if blades make you nervous. 
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Not sure which orange handle you are referring to..... 
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Personally I just a clear ruler with a steel edge, and a scalpel. Then I can line up along the base line of the font for my preliminary cut, and refine from there.

This is the way I do sentiments to. Every time I use a trimmer it looks like my cat did it. That is not a good thing.

I also use a quilting ruler and my rotary cutter. I get perfect results every time. GypsyRoseStamper if you are scared of the knife method (I understand the phobia. Assault survivor here. Certain knives freak me out) you could use your quilting ruler to mark the sentiment and then cut your mark lines with your trimmer.
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Yep, pencil, ruler, and trimmer may be the best way to go.  I tried a razor cut (used Tim Holtz blade) yesterday with a metal ruler, but it didn't slice through the paper.  The same thing happened when I tried the Rotatrim in the quilting ruler.  Also, my self-healing pad is under my large glass desk cover - easy to see but tricky to access.  Just get me back to my good old Fiskars trimmer!
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It's in the vid Sabrina linked. At 3:04. It is a different handle for a blade that goes around your finger so not so much potential slippage imho. 
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Okay, now I understand.  Orange always suggests Fiskars to me.  I have one of those finger blades - somewhere. . . .   I know I did not take to it at first attempt.  
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