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Olfa Chenille Cutter

4.5 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

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  • High quality steel blade
  • Four channel guides; 24 blade edges
  • Easy to use
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Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.5 x 1.2 x 8.6 inches
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Item model number CHN1
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4.5 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Chenille Cutter has 4 channel guide sizes from narrow to wide widths. Turn dial for 24 new blade edges. Long lasting ultra sharp double honed edge blade made from high quality tungsten tool steel. Cuts paper card stock photos felt fleece and more. Use with Chenille brush to achieve soft chenille like finish (sold separately). Simple-to-use multi-purpose chenille cutter not only helps you easily make your own fabric but can also cut multiple layers of fabric. Keep out of reach of children. Guide sizes include: 1/8 1/4 3/8 and 1/2. Cutter size is approximately: 2.5 x 2.5.

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I've read the other reviews - both before and after my purchase and I am NOT disappointed I purchased this tool! I don't know why some people are having so much trouble with it! A few things come to mind - they are not sewing or cutting on the bias - you can do either, but must do one. If you try cutting with the straight grain, there ARE going to be problems, not the first of which is not getting the true chenille affect. It will also clog up terribly and not stay "on track". I do not have a walking foot on my machine, but have made some 7-layer flannel scarves and used this tool with no issues at all, with the SAME blade position. These are 8-inch wide, 6-feet long scarves with 1/2 inch channels. I cannot sew that many layers very straight without a walking foot and I've had no troubles getting "off track" when cutting with this...and I have terrible arthritis! As long as I use the foot width on the tool that matches my channel width, I'm fine. I have very little clogging, and what does gather up (and flannel is the worst!) I just pick out quickly with the point of a seam ripper. I have NOT had to take this apart to clean it nor advance the blade.

Another issue which may be happening to some people is not properly piecing their layers of fabric. If you don't sew or baste (thread or spray) them and watch for any open seams in your layers, then the tool will slip under them and mis-cut. But if you overlap them a bit, zig zag, and/or spray baste, then the cutter should continue down on top the layer you're trying to protect.

I think this is easy to hold on to; I actually expected it to be much larger. I can go really fast without a break or re-aligning when cutting.

There are some great videos on how to use this, and how to do faux chenille, on You Tube. I recommend users check them out.

If anything changes as I make additional projects with other types of fabric, I will edit this review.

Happy sewing!
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I am very disappointed with this product. I like the look of chenille blankets but I don't like the time it takes to cut the channels with scissors. I had been making blankets with 1/2" channels. When I got this product, I wanted to see the different looks created by using the smaller channel widths-- 3/8", 1/4", and 1/8". So, I started by making six 9 x 9" samplers using 2 or 3 layers of fabric to make the chenille with each of the channel widths. Using this product was not as easy as I expected it to be. Worse, I was unable to produce uniform results with careful use of this product-- sometimes it would cut down the midline and sometimes veer off to one side which makes the finished chenille look really bad.

The instructions say you can use it to cut up to 8 layers of fabric. I used the chenille cutter to cut 2 and 3 layers of lightweight flannel which was not easy. I will not even try 4 layers of the lightweight material I am using.

The product is not of the high quality that I associate with the Olfa brand. Lint gets caught near the blade and I frequently have to take the product apart to clean it-- once every 5 to 10 minutes of cutting! Cleaning the bare blade is not fun. The product consists of the blade, a ratchet dial, and two plastic halves that fit together to encase the blade. The plastic halves don't quite fit together, leaving a gap which can catch on the fabric while you are running it through a channel.

I was careful to sew my channels with consistent widths. At times, the chenille cutter did not cut down the center of the channel but veered off to one side of a seam, effectively ruining the whole project. This happened when cutting just 2 or 3 layers of material!
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I've made four chenille blankets with this tool. As other reviews have stated, lint and fabric gets crammed in the blade/housing after just a single pass and it becomes useless. You have to take it apart or I have found I can use a pair of hemostats (medical tool for yanking things out) to pull out the mess. You could also use a very sturdy pair of tweezers.

No matter what setting you use, or how careful you are, the tool will go all wild on you and veer off making (at best) an uneven line or (at worst) cutting into your stitching line and ruining your work. I absolutely agree with the review that said 8 layers of fabric must be a joke. I use two or three of lightweight flannel and bruise my hand trying to get it through. One of my blankets had to have a whole section cut off because the thing went wonky on me.

This is not a quick process. If you are not slow and meticulous, you will ruin your work. Even then, the amount of force you have to use to "shove" the tool through the channel can easily cause a disaster. I love the blankets I've made using this method, but after you lose a third of a blanket, scissors start looking pretty good.

***EDITED DECEMBER 9, 2012***
I'm in the midst of my Christmas sewing and still using this little guy. I've discovered some tactics that can help. First, once you've sewn your channels, you MUST start your cuts using scissors. That helps a LOT. You also need to use the largest channel guide possible and make your channels CONSISTENT. If your channel is too big, that is what makes it go wonky and cut your seams. I've done 10+ of these blankets and I'm editing my rating from two up to three stars. The technique is a great effect and makes a great, fast gift. The tool has a serious learning curve, though.
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