Once in a while I stumble upon a crafty gadget that I love. I fell for the Simplicity Rotary Cutter because it is dual purpose, a wrist saver, works on paper or fabric and it is easy to operate.
First up, I wanted to change the factory straight blade for a scalloped edge blade.
To do this, I used my personal flat head screwdriver to remove the plastic protective covering.
That was easy! Cover is gone now .
Next, I loosed the knob on the end of the blade arm.
This a pic of the exposed blade with out the knob or plastic cover. To remove the blade just pull on it and the small black metal washer. The blades are not sharp so you can easily handle them.
Replace with a scalloped blade.
Reattach the knob on the end of the arm. Turn to tighten.
Replace the plastic cover using a flat head.
To adjust the pressure (this is how the blade cuts) you will need to adjust the blade height. Look for the “up and down” bolt in the lower center on the front of teh machine.
Grab the pressure adjusting tool that comes with the machine and use it to turn the bolt up or down until the feed roller is touching the blade.
Sorry for the fuzzy pic through the plastic protective cover. This is the blade touching the feed roller.
Plug in the foot pedal and electrical supply to the back of the machine.
Turn on the machine and use the knob to the left to adjust the speed. Low was WAY to low for me.
Easily adjust the size of strip you want to cut by twisting the red knob and shift the guide to teh left and right.
My first test cut……it was a no go. I needed to adjust the pressure. I needed more pressure so I raised the feed roller closer to the blade.
My first cut strip. I ended up cutting loads of strips for my wreath design.
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