Reported by Lexi Daly
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One of the first tools every paper crafter needs is a paper trimmer. And so begins the endless search for the perfect one. For years, I’ve used the Fiskars Deluxe Portable Trimmer, but little bugs along the way have often made me wish for something more. Until recently, nothing caught my eye. Then I heard about the Martha Stewart Crafts Paper Trimmer, and decided to give it a try.
My relationship with my Fiskars trimmer has been very much a love/hate one. I love the portability. I hate that I can’t get perfectly straight cuts every time. I love the swing out arm. I hate that it swings out at 5+ inches, precisely where I cut most often. I love the grid and reference marks. I hate that they rub off with use. For the most part, the loves outweigh the hates, but the biggest hate, the cutting straight one, bothers me most. The advent of the triple track blade made this a lot better, but still the blade sometimes wavers, especially at the end of a cut. It also has a tendency to cut into the plastic track below sometimes, which also causes it to cut unevenly. Even so, I’ve purchased one after another several times over my years of paper crafting.
When I read about the Martha’s paper trimmer, I was really excited. I needed a change and I trusted the products in the Martha Stewart Crafts line. The trimmer is white and compact, with a track blade and a pull out ruler for cutting larger sizes. While the trimmer cuts nicely, with clean, straight lines, there are a couple of quirks that prevent it from being perfect. First of all, the paper guide/blade track lifts up from the left for the paper to go underneath. After using the Fiskars trimmer for so long, it just feels backwards. Second, the pull out ruler is oriented to measure a little differently. At first glance, it seems that the numbers are backwards, but they are done that way so that you can pull it out to the measurement needed and fit the paper into the space it creates. While I understand and appreciate the design, it’s just different from what I’m used to. Here’s the run down.
- compact design
- swing our arm for larger cuts
- measurement grid
- triple track blade
- inconsistent cuts
- inconvenient swing arm location
- blade cuts into track
- clean, straight cuts
- attractive design
- grid lines
- awkward track/paper guide
- a different way of measuring–could be a pro!
The Fiskars Trimmer lists for $28.60 on the Fiskars website, and is also available at Michael’s as well as most scrapbook and stamp stores. The Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer is $19.95, available at Michael’s. Because both are available at Michael’s, coupons can make them cheaper. Overall, I think the Martha Stewart trimmer is really good. I just need to use it more. Unfortunately, the Fiskars is a no-brainer, so I still tend to reach for it first! Have you used them both? What do you think?
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