While in Paducah this Spring Eileen and I stopped by a vendor booth owned by Cynthia Ellis. She is not a quilter, but she does beautiful wood turning. I already have a lovely turned seam ripper and pen, but what caught my eye were her magnets – they’re beautiful:
I wasn’t sure why I needed one and then she made it clear. Changing the rotary blade in my cutter is always a nervous time – I don’t like to bleed! With her Magne-Dots (magnets with handles) there’s nothing to worry about. Let me give you a quick step-by-step:
Begin by taking your cutter apart. I like to lay each piece out in order, with the part closest to the handle piece facing up, so it’s easy to put back together.
Pick up a Magne-Dot and grab the old blade.
Lift it off the cutter screw:
And dispose of it in your sharps container.
Pick up the new blade from its case. If it’s a multi-pack, pick up the stack. You’ll notice the lubricant on the blades. This often makes them stick together.
To separate the blades, place the other Magnedot on the bottom blade and slide them apart.
Place the new blade on the cutter screw.
I find it helpful to use the top of the second Magne-Dot to hold the blade while releasing the first Magne-Dot.
My fingers never came near the sharp edge of the blade and I’m ready to reassemble my cutter!
I love it when artists come up with great ideas for using their work and I feel it’s an honor to purchase from them. I’ve ordered a number of pairs of Magne-Dots from Cynthia’s website to give as gifts. To visit her site and get your own Magne-Dots click here!
And remember – they work best in pairs!