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Old 03-21-2009, 03:21 PM   #1  
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I am looking to purchase a new paper cutter/trimmer I have seen many and cannot decide on what is best product overall not worried about price more concerned with quality .

Thanks for any input. Leslie
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You will get lots of different answers. Everyone seems to have their favorite trimmer. For myself, I have had several different kinds.

My all time favorite, and the one I have now, is the Making Memories Precision Trimmer. It has a base that can accommodate 12 x 12 paper, or you can fold it so it is smaller and doesn't take up so much room on your table.

The thing I most like is that the blade is self-sharpening and it makes clean cuts. I am not a demo or anything, so I only cut one sheet of cardstock at a time. Don't know how it would work with multiple sheets to cut.

Here is a link to check it out. You can get it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joanns, and usually there is a coupon, which makes it pretty affordable. I think the retail is about $49.95.

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I have the cutterpede which works well for me but sometimes the cuts are not very clean with it. I've been thinking about getting the making memories trimmer because so many people seem to really like that one. I have a scoring tool for my cutterpede but now that I own a scor-pal, I rarely use it.
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I have the Carl DC220e cutter and LOVE it!!! (and the Scor-pal is on its way to me!!)
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Tonic Guillotine trimmer!! I searched high and low and love love love this one! I've had it for a while.
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I just bought a Tonic guillotine cutter (12x12), and I absolutely love it!! I also have a Creative Memories small guillotine style cutter that I use for small trimming projects. I hav had it for several years and it is still very sharp and cuts beautifully. (I'm not a CM demo, just love their cutter!)
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I should add that I used to use a Fiskars rotary cutter, but could never get an even cut with it. When I folded my card, the ends were always off. That hasn't happened with the Tonic. I ordered my Tonic online from Joanne's.
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I agree with buggainok. The Making Memories trimmer is my favorite. You can also cut several sheets of cardstock at once. I waited for a 50% coupon to Joann's and ordered it online.

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I used to have a cutterpede and loved it until it had some wear. Then the cuts weren't straight and no matter if I changed the blade and cutting pad strip, it never straightened up again. Now I have just a basic Fiskars. It cuts straight and clean until the blade begins to dull. I do have to change out the blades frequently. As long as I buy them with a 40% coupon, they aren't too expensive. I still am looking for the perfect one, though!
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I also have to agree with the 12x12 tonic guillotine - I *just* purchased it, but had been looking for one in Canada for a while.

However, if price is NO object to you, I know there's some even more expensive, fancier ones out there... there was a thread on it somewhere...
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Tonic 12 x 12, as well. I got it through JoAnn's online when it was 50% off.
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Thankyou to everyone for the input I will now go shopping......... Leslie
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hmm... thanks for the info ladies. I might have to try the Tonic one
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I've been looking for a new trimmer also - just returned a Fiskars (it was my third one). After reading the posts here, was very interested in the Making Memories Precision Trimmer and in the Tonic - but it's difficult to find the Tonic in Canada. So this week I purchased the Making Memories Trimmer with my 40% off coupon - and so far am very impressed with it! The magnetic ruler is a great feature - they even suggest that you can score with it - so I've put my Scor-Pal purchase on hold for a bit. The Trimmer is a solid tool - the Fiskars seems flimsy in comparison.
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I have heard a lot of good things about the Making Memories one as well. Too many choices!
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Wow okay so I am going with the mm one joanns 40% off this week I will let you know how goes it , so nice to have all this input too! Crafty friends are a true blessing!
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I ordered the MM trimmer from Joann's. It came all broken up. I paid ten dollars to mail it back and got an email stating they had received it. They haven't even acknowledged receiving it. I don't see a number to call. I have emailed them but didn't get a reply. I'm gonna find a way to speak to someone tomorrow. I'm not too crazy about ordering from them online.

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I have a Dahle 440. It is a great trimmer. I have been through several other trimmers including the Tonic guillotine 12". I really liked the Tonic for about a year and then I started getting uneven cuts. The Dahle is more expensive but IMHO is worth it.

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I need new one too.. I just have a plastic cricut cutter and the blades are no good.. the edges are still "fuzzy" even with new blades.
what about SU paper cutters? are they good or not so much?
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I am looking to purchase a new paper cutter/trimmer I have seen many and cannot decide on what is best product overall not worried about price more concerned with quality .

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I think it is going to depend what you want to use it for most... I actually have 3 different ones I use for certain circumstances. For cutting multiple pieces at once (when preparing for a class or making many of one card) I love my carl cutter. However, the guide doesn't work well for cuts under about 2", so for that I use my Creative Memories cutter. When I am cutting for just one card I use my making memories precision trimmer. I love the self sharpenig blade, so it is always ready to go!
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I need new one too.. I just have a plastic cricut cutter and the blades are no good.. the edges are still "fuzzy" even with new blades.
what about SU paper cutters? are they good or not so much?
The Su is a good cutter, but I personally have a hard time always getting a straight cut. I think the guide has too much give, and I must tend to press to the side when cutting, so it goes crooked.
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I have had the Making Memories trimmer for a few years, and while it is a good trimmer, I can no longer recommend it. The grid marks on mine have worn off, leaving smudges on my cardstock and I can no longer see the measurements. I've been told by MM that basically it's too bad for me, that is normal wear and tear and they can't do anything about it. I'm sorry, but I can't use a paper trimmer if I don't have the measurement grids, so I don't see how that can be considered normal wear and tear. I've never had the measurements wear off any of the several other paper trimmers I own. This is the only problem I've had with the trimmer, and I would recommend it if it weren't for this. I'm disappointed that the company won't stand by it's product.

Just my experience, and one more thing to consider when making a decision.
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After going through several trimmers and much aggravation, I decided on the MM Precision Trimmer and love it. Clean cuts and folds to a smaller size for traveling. I bought mine when I had a 40% coupon at AC MOORE's.
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I have had the Making Memories trimmer for a few years, and while it is a good trimmer, I can no longer recommend it. The grid marks on mine have worn off, leaving smudges on my cardstock and I can no longer see the measurements. I've been told by MM that basically it's too bad for me, that is normal wear and tear and they can't do anything about it. I'm sorry, but I can't use a paper trimmer if I don't have the measurement grids, so I don't see how that can be considered normal wear and tear. I've never had the measurements wear off any of the several other paper trimmers I own. This is the only problem I've had with the trimmer, and I would recommend it if it weren't for this. I'm disappointed that the company won't stand by it's product.

Just my experience, and one more thing to consider when making a decision.
It seems like I read this on another thread too, except I believe they sent her a new one. And I heard the newer ones were redesigned to stop this problem. I think you should contact them again!
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It seems like I read this on another thread too, except I believe they sent her a new one. And I heard the newer ones were redesigned to stop this problem. I think you should contact them again!
Yes, I wrote about my experience with the MM trimmer. I had it for about 6 months and noticed the grid lines were wearing off. I went to the MM website and there was a form to fill out with the part number and stating the problem.

In a couple of weeks, they sent me a new trimmer in the mail - no questions asked. I think there was a problem with some of the earlier ones. The new one I received seems to have a coating on the surface and the lines are not fading at all.
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I have a Dahle 440. It is a great trimmer. I have been through several other trimmers including the Tonic guillotine 12". I really liked the Tonic for about a year and then I started getting uneven cuts. The Dahle is more expensive but IMHO is worth it.

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Tonic guillotine is by far my fav. I have had several different trimmers and this one has been my favorite so far.
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MakingMemories vote here! I love mine and my gridlines are not even CLOSE to wearing off.. I must have a newer style or something. I just rubbed my nail over it and I can't even scratch them off if I try.. really! I love it and it is self sharpening so you are always going to get a great cut!
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I had the fiskars rotary timmer for several years and it never really cut straight and it was a pain to replace the blade if I wanted to scor something.

A few weeks back I finally decided to get a new trimmer and purchase the scor-pal. I didn't want to spend alot of money so I got the Making Memories trimmer with a coupon and so far I love it.
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I use the Fiskars 12" with the metal bar. It doesnt give like the plastic rail does so you get good cuts. I have been very happy with it.
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Hey - the Dahle kind of looks like the Making Memories Trimmer - when it's folded in half. Different colours though.
The picture does look similar but IRL it isn't. The Dahle is actually much larger. It would look more like the MM not folded.
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You will get lots of different answers. Everyone seems to have their favorite trimmer. For myself, I have had several different kinds.

My all time favorite, and the one I have now, is the Making Memories Precision Trimmer. It has a base that can accommodate 12 x 12 paper, or you can fold it so it is smaller and doesn't take up so much room on your table.

The thing I most like is that the blade is self-sharpening and it makes clean cuts. I am not a demo or anything, so I only cut one sheet of cardstock at a time. Don't know how it would work with multiple sheets to cut.

Here is a link to check it out. You can get it at Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Joanns, and usually there is a coupon, which makes it pretty affordable. I think the retail is about $49.95.

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It is the third trimmer from Making Memories I got so far. My first one was working fine BUT after a while I was starting to loose the writing on the bottom ruler so the writing was desapearring. I wrote MM and they sent me an other one a fresh new one but this one does not cut straight so I changed it a third time. But I like it so far
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Out of the endless number of cutters I have bought I will have to say that the Tonic is my favorite too! Unlike all the others it actually cuts straight and it cuts small pieces. I like that I can cut my 12x12 paper with no problem too! It's also nice that I can cut more than one piece of cardstock at a time. I know I'm kind of rehashing what everyone else said, but I am definately putting my vote in for the Tonic guillotine!
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I agree with buggainok. The Making Memories trimmer is my favorite. You can also cut several sheets of cardstock at once. I waited for a 50% coupon to Joann's and ordered it online.

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This is the one I'm currently using. I used a 50% coupon @ Mike's and got it for $25. It's a good trimmer - a Godsend after struggling with I-don't-know-how-many Fiskars. But I'm saving up for a Tonic and maybe someday (if I'm really good), a Genesis.
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I have a Dahle 440. It is a great trimmer. I have been through several other trimmers including the Tonic guillotine 12". I really liked the Tonic for about a year and then I started getting uneven cuts. The Dahle is more expensive but IMHO is worth it.

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I have just purchased a tonic guillotine at Archivers with my 30% off coupon, based on the recommendations from SCS...it is good to get many opinions from all the crafters here.
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It seems like I read this on another thread too, except I believe they sent her a new one. And I heard the newer ones were redesigned to stop this problem. I think you should contact them again!

buggainok wrote: "Yes, I wrote about my experience with the MM trimmer. I had it for about 6 months and noticed the grid lines were wearing off. I went to the MM website and there was a form to fill out with the part number and stating the problem.

In a couple of weeks, they sent me a new trimmer in the mail - no questions asked. I think there was a problem with some of the earlier ones. The new one I received seems to have a coating on the surface and the lines are not fading at all."


Thanks for your responses about the grid lines wearing off. Sorry, I can't figure out how to do the quote boxes!

I'm glad to hear that they might be fixing the grid problem. I had just contacted MM about this problem this weekend and this is the response I got from MM yesterday, just before I posted my original comment here:

"Thank you so much for your email and purchasing a Making Memories Trimmer. We don't have a cure for the grid lines fading, as this is normal wear and tear after a few years of use. The trimmer does have a 1-year limited warranty, however, you mentioned you have owned your trimmer for more than one year. Therefore, we are unable to replace it for you. We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope you have a nice day."


From this, it sounded to me like they were aware of the problem, but weren't particularly concerned about it since it was normal wear and tear. So since mine didn't wear off as quickly as some, I don't get a new one. It does sound like from your comments that they have figured out a way to solve it, but I'm sure not buying a new one! I guess that's the breaks! Maybe I'll try to rewrite the grids with a Sharpie, because I do really like the trimmer (and if I rewrite them I can add my own 1/16th inch markings!)
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Hi I'm wondering if it's just me or do most guillotine trimmers have a problem with cutting straight? I was using an office one and it tends to cut slanted, cutting more off the part nearer to the head of the blade and cutting less nearer to the handle. I just bought another (generic brand) one yesterday and the same thing.

Just wondering if this is an issue with the guillotine types or if it would be alright once I get a better brand. I'm not sure if I should exchange the one I got yesterday for another guillotine or a rotary one. TIA for the advice!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:17 PM   #39  
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How long have you been using your Dahle?
I have used it about 1.5 years and it cuts the same that it did when I got it. It is self sharpening so I have not changed the blade and see no signs that it is getting dull.
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Old 03-25-2009, 04:29 AM   #40  
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I have used it about 1.5 years and it cuts the same that it did when I got it. It is self sharpening so I have not changed the blade and see no signs that it is getting dull.
Thanks; I'm going to look into that. My MM is good, but I still feel there's room for improvement.
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