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  • guillotine or rotary cutter ???

    to be honest whatever I have I can't cut straight !!! just can't do it and no idea why lol
    but we've got some wedding invitations to make and need a really good clean cut edge , at the moment we've got a hobbycraft rotary cutter ( think thats what it is you pull it along and it cuts the paper/ card )
    would a guillotine be a better option ??? and can anyone recommend a good one
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  • #2
    a good guillotine should cut more sheets per cut.. but it is less safe (easy to get a finger under!).. I am not sure that the quality of the cut is as good in the longer term??

    Personally, I would always prefer a good quality rotary cutter with replaceable blades.. Although you can do fewer sheets per cut, you have the option to buy special blades for fancy edges, scoring, and perforating too..

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    • #3
      It sounds like I am the same as you sunrise. I would be interested to know what people recommend (I hope you don't mind me taging onto your thread)

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      • #4
        I've got this paper trimmer from Argos...

        http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...ER+TRIMMER.htm

        I feel far safer using this than a guillotine as I'm quite accident prone lol.

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        • #5
          If your hobbycraft trimmer was anything like mine I wouldn't advise trying to cut wedding invitations with it, it was a complete waste of money, it just wouldn't cut in a straight line so I've binned it.
          Just recently got myself an XCut Guillotine and I absolutely love it it will cut even the thinnest slither of paper or card and it cuts in a straight line, one of the best things i've ever bought.
          Would definitely recommend it.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by krafty1 View Post
            If your hobbycraft trimmer was anything like mine I wouldn't advise trying to cut wedding invitations with it, it was a complete waste of money, it just wouldn't cut in a straight line so I've binned it.
            Just recently got myself an XCut Guillotine and I absolutely love it it will cut even the thinnest slither of paper or card and it cuts in a straight line, one of the best things i've ever bought.
            Would definitely recommend it.
            I think whichever device you decide on, you get what you pay for.. I have a good basic rotary from staples.. I even use it to cut quilling papers with no problems at all.

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            • #7
              I have to agree - in this case you get what you pay for. Quality comes with price!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by krafty1 View Post
                If your hobbycraft trimmer was anything like mine I wouldn't advise trying to cut wedding invitations with it, it was a complete waste of money, it just wouldn't cut in a straight line so I've binned it.
                Just recently got myself an XCut Guillotine and I absolutely love it it will cut even the thinnest slither of paper or card and it cuts in a straight line, one of the best things i've ever bought.
                Would definitely recommend it.
                SNAP! I love my XCut guillotine, it's fantastic and my Hobbycraft trimmer, utter rubbish and a waste of money. I also have a DAHLE trimmer, which is excellent and big enough for 12 x 12 papers which my guillotine isn't, but they're a good make and very reliable, mine is ancient, but still cuts a straight, crisp line.

                I also read in a magazine survey recently that both of these came out with top marks as did the Woodware one, which I nearly bought at a craft fair before I got my hobbycraft one and now wish I had!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Autumn Faerie View Post
                  I also read in a magazine survey recently that both of these came out with top marks as did the Woodware one, which I nearly bought at a craft fair before I got my hobbycraft one and now wish I had!
                  Loads of people had recommended those so 2 so my decision was between them in the end - the Woodware one and the Xcut but I'm really happy with my Xcut.

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                  • #10
                    I have two.
                    A large Fiskars rotary, which cuts up to about A3, and a small Provocraft A4 cutter.
                    The fiskars is the business. I have used it for making large batches of wedding invitations inserts and cards in the past. You can buy replacement blades (I think Hobbycraft and John Lewis stock them). And it's virtually impossible to hurt yourself with it.
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                    • #11
                      I use both an a5 guillotine which can go through quite a few pieces of paper and thick card, and a largeish Rotatrim edger which I love because of the different blades you can get. They both have good edges to butt up against so the paper or card doesn't slip about too.
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                      • #12
                        Hi,

                        I have used an 'X Cut' guillotine for precise cutting and found it to be very good. It has a solid feeling blade and a paper bar that you press to keep the paper in position to help get a straight line.

                        Cheers.
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