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May be great for some purposes but not so great for mine.
on April 27, 2010
When I saw that this product was called a "dot roller" I figured it was the Scotch version of what I'd been using from the craft store to adhere pictures and other items in scrapbooking. When it arrived, I found that it is and it isn't. It serves the same purpose (to adhere things), but it works quite differently.
What I had been using was Dot n Go Glue Dots, which produces individual round dots between 1/4 and 1/2" wide that are placed about 1/4 to 1/2" apart on a NONadhesive strip, so it is possible to place a SINGLE dot on a small object or on a small area of a larger object that needs more precise placement.
The Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller produces a SOLID STRIP of tiny dots about the size of the head of a straight pin or the ball of a medium ball point pen. But, since there is NO part of the strip that ISN'T adhesive, it's tougher to be precise when you are dealing with small items.
I also used the Scotch Adhesive Dot Roller to adhere pictures to a cut-out sheet for a collage of pictures in a frame, and that worked relatively okay. However, the cut-out sheet didn't allow much overlap of the photographs, so since this product is fully adhesive and I couldn't control the size much, I ended up with a bit of the dotted adhesive strip showing once I placed the sheet behind the glass in the frame. The dot roller did seem to adhere the pictures well to the sheet, though.
One feature that I thought I initially liked BETTER in the Scotch product is that there is an ATTACHED plastic protector for the glue strip whereas the Dot n Go roller has a plastic protector that you have to take off and put back on with each use. However, I soon realized that wasn't as much of an advantage as I'd expected, since the Scotch product's protector only protects the actual roller, not the entire portion of the exposed adhesive strip. Therefore, if I put this roller in a drawer or craft box (or God forbid my pocket or purse), the exposed adhesive strip is going to pick up dust and debris, causing problems the next time I use it. In contrast, the Dot n Go protector covers the ENTIRE exposed surface of the strip so I could put it in my pocket or purse with no worries.
There may be uses (gift wrapping, for example) where the Scotch product would be a superior choice to the Dot n Go product but, for MY uses, the Dot n Go product will likely continue to be my first choice.