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Amazing once you get the hang of it
on 16 September 2012
Having recently started crafting and having the inability to cut straight I wanted to get a trimmer/guillotine which was light weight, compact and did the job.
I had seen Purple Cows on TV and had seen demos of their paper trimmers and was aware before buying this that in order to use the trimmers you need to put pressure on the cutter yourself to get it to work and was a bit dubious about this but thought I would try it out anyway. I saw this combo trimmer and it looked light weight, easy to use and the ability to cut thicker card on the guillotine.
The trimmer and guillotine can be attached together to give you a bigger working area, or can be used separately (which I usually do). The trimmer has a number of different cutters and more can be purchased. I have 7 different blades for mine for fancy cuts, perforated cuts, straight cutting and scoring (for folding cards). Each cutting disk/cartridge can easily be attached to the trimmer to use but twisting them and locking into place. When I tried out the trimmer first and found that it is best to use on a sturdy service and put equal pressure on the trimmer element while cutting so you get a nice clean cut. I sometimes find that I end up putting less pressure on the cutting element the closure I get to me but have found that if I move the paper up a little bit towards the middle of the trimmer it is much easier to get a better cut. I've used a number of different thicknesses going up to 250gsm card and it has worked fine for me. I must also point out at this point that I have Muscular Dystrophy and therefore doesn't have massive amounts of strength in my arms sometimes (especially when tired) but this hasn't affected me while using the trimmer, it's just a case of finding the right way to use the trimmer. I sit on a taller chair when crafting so having more height away from the desk does help.
The trimmer has a handy pull out section which extends the measurements so you can cut and measure larger pieces of card/paper without having to attached the guillotine if you don't want to.
The trimmer is very light and has buttons at each end which allow you to lift up the trimmer element enough to get your paper in, then press the bar back down to hold your paper in place.
The guillotine part of the duo is a must have for matting and layering and general cutting of card. It has a safety guard which you have to push down to allow you to push the cutter down and the cutting element itself isn't sharp so feels safe. There is also a lock so you can lock the guillotine arm down when not in use. The guillotine has measurements on in centimetres and inches, as well as card sizings (C5 etc). It is very easy to use and I've been able to cut multiple pieces of card and paper (although I prefer using it with single pieces so I can ensure I measure and line it all up properly).
This is great value for money as you get both a trimmer with fancy edges and a guillotine.