Silhouette Users - How often do you change your mat / blade?

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Posted 4/16/2011 by MomToE&E in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 18,232
July 2001
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Posted: 4/16/2011 11:03:46 AM
I can get a good long use out of my mats - usually several months. And Thank heavens since they are expensive. But it seems like I need to change blades every month or so, especially if I want to cut Bazzill. And I am not a heavy user of my Silhouette by any means - using it maybe every 3rd layout or so, and I cut a lot of patterned paper with it.

So, I was just wondering... how often do YOU change your mat or your blade?



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April 2009
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Posted: 4/16/2011 11:26:58 AM
I've had mine over a year and cut out enough vinyl to cover a truck, scraobooking here and there, and an ABC book for my daughter and it's time to replace my blade. I cleaned my mat using brake cleaner and used repositionable adhesive to make it sticky again.


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April 2006
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Posted: 4/16/2011 11:51:35 AM
I use Cricut mats with my Silhouette since they are much cheaper and easier to get locally. My blade I change maybe once a year but I do have two blades; one I use for pattern and lighter weight papers and the other for cardstock.

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August 2006
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Posted: 4/16/2011 1:21:10 PM
Bazzill is very dense and can dull your blades very quickly.

Wishblade users sometimes use heavy duty aluminum foil to sharpen their blades so they don't have to replace them as often. You could ask about it on the Wishblade Yahoo Group.

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PeaNut 257,883
April 2006
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Posted: 4/16/2011 1:53:55 PM
Yes, Bazzill does tear up blades so I very rarely use heavy textured cardstock in my cutter. American Crafts works great ,though, as do most smooth cardstocks!

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September 2001
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Posted: 4/16/2011 3:04:35 PM
Don't have the Silhouette, but I do have a Craft Robo. I use my CR very regularly - several times a week and have never had to replace the blade, I've had it since 2006. I mostly cut textured CS. The mats I will get as much use out of them as possible, using basting spray. I started buying Cricut mats and cutting them down - they are so much better, I can get them locally and not that expensive. I'd say I eke out about a year out of the mats by doing the spray.


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PeaNut 434,276
August 2009
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Posted: 4/17/2011 11:33:45 AM
I have just ordered my first replacement blade and I have had my Sil since it first came out. I use it in spurts. dozens of times a day for days and then nothing for a few months.

The mats I buy the 2 pack of the 12x24 Cricut at J's with a coupon, cut those down into 4 mats total and go from there. I no longer try to make them sticky again, too much trouble for me. With regular use I probably go through 8 a year - 2 of the double packs.

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Posted: 1/29/2014 7:30:53 PM
As for the blade? I'm still trying to figure that one out. I've had my Sil. Portrait for a few months now and it doesn't seem to cut very well.

But the mat, another story, go to the dollar store and buy the flexible cutting mats; 2 to a package and cut it down. I then traced the lines and arrow from the other cutting mat that came with my Sil. Portrait. Voila!!
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May 2012
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Posted: 1/29/2014 8:02:33 PM
My mats last at least a few months...
So do my blades but I keep one blade for thick stuff and one blade for more delicate cuts....when a blade isn't cutting really well on delicate cuts anymore, I don't throw it out.....I put it back in the plastic, mark it 'used' and keep it for cutting denser stuff with a higher blade setting.....


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PeaNut 356,994
January 2008
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Posted: 1/29/2014 8:42:58 PM
I have had my machine for 7 months and am still on the first blade. I have moved on to my third mat.


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April 2009
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Posted: 1/30/2014 7:52:48 AM
When I start getting messy cuts I try to see if there is dust or debris on the blade, and try it again. If it continues I change the blade. I also know if I cut stamp material or stencils it dulls the blade so I have one blade for stamps and one for stencils. Depending on how much I use the blade also. Over Christmas with making cards, treat bags etc, I had to change the blade once that was all done-but I cut a lot of product. For normal use it lasts quite a while.

When my mats get to the point of not sticking I wash them with a small amount of detergent and a a plastic scrubby , rinse and let dry and the sticky comes back,. If not I use the repositionable spray glue and lightly spray it in both directions and allow it to dry.

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March 2012
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Posted: 1/30/2014 7:58:26 AM
I am only on my second blade and mine is heavily used machine however I have been through two mats and desperately need a new one. They are harder to get hold of here in Australia which is a pain.

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July 2002
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Posted: 1/30/2014 8:07:51 AM
So far, I've only cut vinyl on mine so I haven't used the mat yet. At this rate, it'll last forever!

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August 2004
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Posted: 1/30/2014 9:18:39 AM
Why was this bumped? It's a 3 year old thread. Weird

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March 2003
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Posted: 1/30/2014 3:57:55 PM
In 7 years I have never replaced blades.
I seem to go through mats every 2 years.


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May 2012
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Posted: 1/30/2014 5:53:17 PM
I have different blades for different mediums-one for vinyl, one for cardstock, one for stamping material, etc. They last longer that way. I keep a stockpile of mats and blades at home so I don't have to run to Michael's and pay full price! I sometimes get blades on sale at Joann when they have cheap shipping or I do Amazon. Right now they are $7.79.

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