Sunday, August 01, 2010

Dull Spots In My 1.5 Inch Die?

My Go! Cutter 1.5 inch die seems to have two dull spots when I cut:

This is really annoying as I have to take scissors and cut them apart every time I use the cutter.  I really do have a love/hate relationship with this product.  The die was 80 bucks and if I have issues after 10 fat quarters of using it, it's really not worth the money if it dulls in spots.

It does it with every layer and the most I've done was three at a time.  I've carefully cleaned the mat and the die with the pick to make sure there wasn't a piece of fabric or something else there but there isn't.

In some ways it's not that big of a deal to just cut the threads, but it's the how long the dies last that I have an issue with.  If I upgrade to the Studio as it seems I'm wearing the home version dies out, will I still have problems?  I have 38 more fat quarters to go and I'm about to just use my Shape Cut to finish up it cutting the strips.

I don't think I'm doing anything wrong either.  I lay the 8 inch strip, place the mat on and use the handle to push the die through.  There shouldn't be too much skill involved with that.

Part of me just wants to pawn this product off to someone else.  It too much of a pain to work with and I must be the only one that isn't over the moon with excitement over it.

*edited*  I took my pick and carefully checked the two blades where I had issues.  There are indeed large knicks in those spots.  What I can't figure out is how they got there as I store it vertically with the mat against the die part.  I actually found small knicks on the other blades as well.  I wonder if the last time I carefully cleaned the die, I accidentally did it with the pick.  The metal strips are very thin and fragile and the pick has very sharp points on both ends.  


onlymehere said...

I'm glad you're so honest about it. I've wanted one but it had such mixed reviews that I wasn't sure. For the price of the product I would want to be "over the moon" as you put it and would expect it to be much better. I've seen other blogs where they've had it awhile and are having issues of some sort or another. I think I'm going to pass and save the money. Since I bought my new super sturdy cutting table I don't have much of an issue with rulers slipping anymore anyway. Thanks for your honesty!

Aunt 'Reen said...

I've considered buying this cutter - I REALLY want it! I may have to think about this purchase a bit more now. Have you tried to contact the manufacturer to see if they will send you a replacement die? It sounds like it could have been a defective die.

I appreciate that you posted your experience here! Thank you!