(Closed) Paper Trimmer reccoomendations anyone?

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

http://www.staples.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/StaplesProductDisplay?&langId=-1&storeId=10001&splCatType=0&catalogId=10051&productId=85696&cmArea=SC1:CG1031:CL163320

This is the one that I have and I wouldn’t trade it for the world! It’s seen me through multiple pre-wedding projects, our DIY save the dates, DIY invitations, 188 custom made water bottle labels and countless other wedding paper projects. I highly recommend it! And the lip on the cutting area comes in really handy when you’re trying to fold stuff. Good luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I have a Fiskars paper trimmer from Michaels (scrapbook section). It was cheap and it’s worked fine for me, but I find the blade gets dull pretty quickly, and you can only really cut one piece of cardstock at a time. If you just need it for your invites, it would be fine, but i don’t recommend it as a regular-use crafting tool. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I would not go with a personal trimmer, they never cut straight lines as the striaghtness is based on your pressure on the cutter at all times and that can vary every cut.

I used this cutter  and though I chose to only cut on piece at a time to make sure that I got the straightest nicest line, I could have done 2-4 text sheets of metallic paper.

I loved this thing! Made it really fast too, lining up things on the personal trimmers is hard with the rulers being all one color and makes it hard to read. This was esy to set up, had a guide I could put in place to hold my spot. I chopped 225 backings for invites, 22 table name pieces and 225 sashes (belly binders) for my invies in an hour or so.

Even if stack cutters can cut lots at once – you will want to forego the option to keep the straightest line – especially if you will be stacking any part of your invites, where the edges will line up and show anything "off" 

Post # 7
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Worker bee

i like this paper trimmer: http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Rotary-Trimmer-Ergonomic-CUIRT218/dp/B0006HV9N4/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=office-products&qid=1205217390&sr=8-1

we cut over 220+ invites with this trimmer. in fact, we like it so much we have 3 of them. (my fiance owns one and i have 2). 

i own the fiskars version too and i prefer this one much more b/c the fiskars blades grew dull after only a few uses. 

personally i prefer a trimmer over a cutter- i’ve found that with the guillotine style cutters, my paper shifts and sometimes when i bring the handle down, my line isn’t straight. but maybe i’ve only used cheap cutters in the past so who knows.

 

Post # 8
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Worker bee

oh- i just checked bonniebell’s link. i recommended the same trimmer she did (except my link was from amazon and hers is from staples)

sweetarts, to answer your question, this trimmer cuts up to 10 sheets regular paper. for cardstock , i’m not sure how many it would cut, maybe 5 max for precision ? my paper was thinner than cardstock but heavier than normal paper, and we would cut only 3 or 4 sheets max at a time for accuracy.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

Sorry sweetarts, I was away last night. I’m really not sure how many pages of cardstock it will cut. I did everything one sheet at a time, but I’m just OCD like that. I never really thought to do more than one piece because I didn’t trust myself to line up the pages evenly, not that I doubted the accuracy of the cutter. The thing I like the most about it is that you have to put pressure on it to get it to cut. Which means that you could cut out the middle of something if you wanted to, plus it’s super easy to get the pages under the guide. Also, I’ve had this thing for a year and a half, and have cut literally hundred of pages and I’m just now thinking that I might need a new blade. Again, good luck and let me know if you need any more info. You might want to send me an email bonnie.stafford (at) mac (dot) com. I’m on and off weddingbee since our wedding is SATURDAY!!! Yay!!!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

I do this professionally, and I use my old, fiskars cutter.  I posted about it here.

http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/06/21/product-review/

As with any cutter, you have to be exact, but I find it truly works the best.

I also know some people have concerns with the blade dulling, but I have used mine for years and only gone through two blades.  I DO know that different papers have different weaves and cut differently along them which can affect the cleanliness of the cut.  That is a paper issue, but an easy way around it is to cut more than one sheet at a time.  The two sheets together make the paper stronger in the cutter and keep the edges nice and clean.

Good luck! 

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