Look around your craft room and see if there is any other tool more expensive than your die cut machine.
How to care for your die cut machine isn’t really something I considered when I first bought mine years ago.
But the reality of the matter, is that it’s probably single-handed the most expensive tool in your whole craft room.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to care for your die cut machine.
Tip #1 – use the plates correctly
The most important tip when caring for your die cut machine is to read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to create the “sandwich” for your project.
I am an independent Stampin Up! demonstrator – and I use the Stampin Up! cut and emboss machine.
I have actually written another blog about my cut and emboss machine –you can read all about it here.
If you’re also using the cut and emboss machine -you will have the instructions written on plate 1.
Be sure to follow them carefully -and if in doubt, contact your demonstrator to help you out.
Tip # 2 – rotate the plates
There is a tremendous amount of force placed on the plates when die cutting pieces out of cardstock.
The plates can easily warp very quickly if you send them through the machine the same direction each time.
I find it easier to label the plates “top” and bottom” as soon as I unwrap them.
This way I can rotate them around with each use.
This prolongs the time it takes to cause them to warp.
Tip #3 -replace the plates when worn
This may seem like an obvious thing to say -but do replace your cutting plates regularly.
You will know it’s time to replace them, when they’re so warped they’re not able to lie flat against the die(s) anymore.
Tip #4 – use your embossing folders correctly
Best practice when running an embossing folder through a die cut machine, is to ensure that the folded side goes through the machine first.
This will prevent the folder opening up under the cutting blades and wrecking your machine.
Tip #5 – clean it regularly
This is a hard working machine in your craft room -so show it some love.
Give it a clean.
I use gentle cleaning products and make sure the outside isn’t sticky or dirty.
So- there you have my top 5 tips on how to care for your die cut machine.
If you have any that I’ve missed -why not drop me a comment below.
Until next time!