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Martelli Rotary Cutter
naniyosie Send a Message
I bought the martelli rotary cutter several months ago, and it 'skips' when I cut fabric. I am using 'their' mat and the blade is still new.
Does anyone else have this problem?
I think I should put it 'aside' and use my Olfa!!!!
5/1/2008 6:26:18 AM
knitnoid Send a Message
Kansas City
Hum...I love my Martelli Rotary Cutter and don't have problems with skipping - unless there's a problem with my blade. I use the Olfa mat. Are these huge 'skips' or a couple of threads?

Even though your blade is new, I'd try a new blade.
5/1/2008 10:48:28 AM
Tiggersmom Send a Message
Try putting a single drop of oil on the blade and if possible reversing the blade so it 'inside' is on the outside section. Sometimes these two things help with my olfa cutters. Also if yours has a screw to adjust it's ''tension'' you might make it a bit looser. just a few thoughts.

btw...my chiropractor uses these.
5/1/2008 7:49:37 PM
Pilot2b Send a Message
tiggersmom - Jennifer.

I could not resist this - does your chiropractor use these on patients?
The devil made me do it! :)
5/3/2008 3:22:29 AM
fabricgirl Send a Message
sewing in NJ
I have this rotery cutter for about 4 years and love it it maybe just the rotery cutter itself why don't you see if you can return it and seeif they will give you another one .

5/3/2008 3:49:47 AM
xteacher Send a Message
Karon--NE Ark.
I have been having problems with mine. I kept changing the blades and soon found I was having a "flat tire" feeling. Well, I put Martelli blades on my list for Paducah because we cannot buy them locally. I was using whatever blades I could find. This company has a great customer service attitude. The young lady there said it sounded like a bad bolt and for me to call their store and tell them I needed a new bolt. She then dug one out of the trash can that someone had brought back and gave me the bolt. The problem is these are side specific and I am left handed. Well, when I got home and changed it, you could see where the blades I had been using had cut a groove about an 1/8 of an inch deep. I think I have done this with two different ones. I thought I was just wearing them out. I had intended to take the cutter to their booth, because they replaced the very first one I bought because it broke a spring, but I forgot to get it. I have also tried the tip about running the blade over a piece of tin foil several times. I don't know if it helped any. Their sign at Paducah claims that THEIR blades last 9-12 months. Guess we'll see.
5/3/2008 4:59:37 PM
quilterbee Send a Message
Martelli has a lifetime, no questions asked free replace policy on their products. Just call them and they will send you a new one. Amie
5/3/2008 7:48:47 PM
Tiggersmom Send a Message
LOL pilot2b! not on her people, just on her fabric!
5/3/2008 9:42:16 PM
naniyosie Send a Message
I've had enough of the martelli rotary cutter...I've been through 3 blades in 3 months. I have two more to go; and the rotary cutter is going in the garbage. I love my Olfa.
5/17/2008 10:31:17 AM
cindyg Send a Message
TX-Houston sub
Naniyosie - I love my Martelli rotary cutter. As suggested, please call them and tell them the problem you are having and see what they say.
5/17/2008 2:12:11 PM
knitnoid Send a Message
Kansas City
naniyosie -- I concur w/Cindy. Give them the company a call. If you still want to toss out the cutter, I'll be happy to send you postage to send it to me. I LOVE my cutter - in fact, when I occassionally work at the LQS I take my cutter with me.

5/17/2008 10:42:30 PM
naniyosie Send a Message
OK...I'll give them a call tomorrow am.....

Although this is the second cutter they gave me. I saw them at the Hampton Virginia show in February. My first martelli cutter was 'bent'...they gave me a new one. Will let you know how I make out.
5/18/2008 6:59:06 AM
cindyg Send a Message
TX-Houston sub
Naniyosie - did you call Martelli about your rotary cutter? I'm just wondering what they will do for you.
5/20/2008 4:56:24 PM
beccasmom Send a Message
There aren't 2 blades stuck together are there?

5/20/2008 5:29:03 PM
msdeets Send a Message
I guess I wasn''''t the only one with the problem with the Martelli rotary cutter. Yes it does feel like a flat tire, I did contact the company and they were arragant and stuffy. They are willing to repair it for fifteen dollars. GREAT or what . Then you had to pay to ship it there and then pay to have it shipped back.By the time I was done I would have had to pay out twice what I paid for it. They are a very hard company to deal with. Needless to say I have a new OLAF and threw the other one out.
5/23/2008 5:23:15 PM
xteacher Send a Message
Karon--NE Ark.
Did you contact Martelli directly? I have always had great service from them. They have replaced two rotary cutters at no cost. I bought the zip clip thingy a couple of years ago, didn't open it for over a year and it broke the first time I used it. I emailed, they replied telling me to send the old one, then they called early the next morning with a couple of suggestions. Once I explained it was broken, they put one in the mail immediately and told me not to bother sending the broken one.
5/24/2008 4:37:15 PM
naniyosie Send a Message
Hi msdeets!
That was exactly what happened to me..the first time, they were friendly and had no problem replacing it. Maybe they were nice because I complained 'in person' at a quilt show. The second time, they were not friendly (phone) and said the same thing...cost 15.00 plus shipping and handling...thier customer service is horrible.

5/25/2008 5:53:03 AM
CoyoteQuilts Send a Message
Cottontown, TN
I just use what ever blade that I have for these & my Olfa. As long as the center hole can have the screw go through it you won't have a problem. I buy whatever is on sale that will fit. I have used fiskars, olfa, and that other kind (whatever it is). They all say you have to use their blades, but it isn't true!! A tight wad when it comes to rotary blades.

Sharon V.
5/29/2008 12:20:34 AM
xteacher Send a Message
Karon--NE Ark.
I have always used whatever was on sale, usually Olfa. Then, I figured out that the little notches were wearing the bolt so I hunted one that just had a round hole, maybe Fiskars, I'm not sure. So I decided to try theirs. IF they last as long as they say, it might actually be cheaper. I really like the ergonomic design because I have arthritis and tendonitis in both wrists, especially left (I'm a leftie.)

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5/29/2008 7:20:10 PM
cindyg Send a Message
TX-Houston sub
Xteacher - are you saying you use any brand of blade in your Martelli? If so, that's good to know - I can just run down to Hobby Lobby or WalMart instead of ordering Martelli blades on line and waiting.
5/31/2008 8:20:40 AM
xteacher Send a Message
Karon--NE Ark.
I USED to use any brand. That was for a couple of years. Then, I started having that flat tire feeling (Ohhhh, I had one last night, read the other thread) I finally decided it had something to do with the notches. I thought they were wearing and dropping down over the bolt. So I hunted for one that was just round in the middle and thought that was working, but it happened again.

What I finally discovered after getting home from Paducah where I talked to the girl, was that the blade was actually CUTTING into the bolt about 1/16 of an inch so that I did indeed have a FLAT side. So now I DO NOT recommend just any brand. If, DH can find a bolt that will work as a replacement, I might be game to try again. Otherwise, I am going to see how the Martelli blade works. If that fails, I might check for another brand of ergonomic cutter.

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5/31/2008 8:23:44 AM
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