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#1 Posted : Thursday, December 08, 2011 11:34:41 AM(UTC)

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I was having some serious issues with getting a steel rule die to cut well through my Cuttlebug, I thought I was going to break my bug for sure. I had my hubby look at it as he is a professional industrial mechanic and good with such things and he said the way to make the Cuttlebug work a lot better was to remove the strip sickers on ALL of the plates. So, some hot soapy water and a butter knife later, I feel like I have a new machine! The stickers may not seem like they add up to much, but they really do add a ton of bulk and being that the machine cuts or embosses using pressure any extra bulk in a concentrated area is not good. I can now cut the die I was having a lot of trouble with and don't feel like my bug is going to break and I can now use the bigger embossing folders that I've had trouble with as well!
If you are worried about not remembering what plate is what just write it on the plate with a permanent marker...no extra bulk!

Another quick tip when cutting with dies that have large areas of horizontal surface, put the die on the plate at a diagonal and cut. The cutting pressure will be more spread out and will make it rolling through the machine so much easier and smoother.

Just wanted to share as I was seriously considering getting a different machine, but now I won't :)
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#2 Posted : Thursday, December 08, 2011 12:06:21 PM(UTC)

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Thank you so much for these very practical tips! I hadn't thought about removing the sticker, that is a great idea! Marking with a permanent marker is sufficient!

Thanks again!
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Thank you to both you and your dh BigGrin

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Yes, thanks - my 8 year old was having some trouble on some folders getting them to start thru the CuttleBug and this has solved it. Just a small tip, if you peel off the paper label, then spray some WD-40 on the paper that's left, let it set for a bit and then scrape off, the WD-40 dissolves the sticky and makes it much easier to remove the label. It won't damage your plates, you just need to make sure you wash them good and get off the WD-40 before using them BigGrin
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#5 Posted : Thursday, March 08, 2012 7:34:29 AM(UTC)

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Paper Blossoms - I was reading your post and thought maybe you could answer my question. I was looking on here to see if anyone else was having a problem with the embossing not being the same all the way across the paper and I came across your post. I notice you said that if you have something narrow try to put it diagonally so that it would be even running between the rollers. I think that is what happened - I had a border plate and I just stuck it right in the middle and now it appears that my embossing is deeper on the sides than it is in the middle. Does anyone know if there is anything I can do so that my pages emboss equally?????

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