Tuesday, December 6, 2011

I have for you, a Post of Substance!

I have not been feeling well for going on two weeks now, and I took a day to stay home and sleep and take cold medicine…..I feel better right now than I have in days!
Which brings us to The Post of Substance…..(I apologize in advance once again, for my severe lack of photography skillz.)
I’m going to talk about pinking machines!IMAG1479
While Other Noelle was here, I gave in and purchased one of the swanky versions of the Simplicity rotary cutter.  Because I’m a ‘go big or go home’ kind of gal, I purchased every cutter blade I could get my hands on.  (I am really hoping for more styles…..wouldn’t it be lovely to have something that would do pinked scallops?!)
I would very much suggest buying the machine and blades on sale, while it is a fantastic machine, it’s on the pricey end, for what it does.
I was kind of surprised as I started playing with it to realize that you need a Phillips head screwdriver (oddly enough, not included in the package) to unscrew that clear plastic piece every time I wanted to change the blade.  There is a safety switch that doesn’t allow the machine to run without the cover, which is kind of silly.  I’m sure I can resist the urge to stick my fingers in a rotating cutting blade.  I’ll be thinking of a way to keep the safety switch engaged all the time, so I can operate without the cover, or a way to quickly snap the cover off and on.
The adjustable width guide is pretty flippin’ awesome.  There’s also a pedal and a separate speed adjustment knob which is pretty helpful.
Ok, on to the cutting blades!  Well, the term ‘cutting’ is a bit misleading….the ‘blades’ aren’t at all sharp; pinking is achieved by squishing and stressing the fabric fibers until they break apart….which is the same way my antique pinker works.  The antique pinker and the modern motorized version work surprisingly similarly, in fact!
The antique pinker has the blade on the bottom of the plate, and the blade is adjusted up/down;
Whereas on the Simplicity cutter, the blade is stationary, and the solid cutting wheel is adjustable underneath the plate;
Here is a sampling of the cutting blades currently available for the Simplicity cutter:
Small pinking:
Medium wave:
Large wave:
Medium scallop:
There’s also a straight cutter (awesome for cutting strips!), and a deckle cutter, which I didn’t purchase.
My antique cutter (which I purchased on eBay some years ago) has a much more decorative cut:  (although it needs to be cleaned and tuned for a better cut!)


  1. I love that last one!  How cool!  So I take it you can use this fancy schmancy machine for to make awesome SCA sleeves n such...?

  2. Wow- who knew there was so much to pinking?!? I'm glad you are feeling better - and just in time for your b-day tomorrow! 

  3. Wow I didn't even know such machines exist - it sounds wonderful. Love the scallop and deckle edges!
    But please don't change the guard on the machine - I'm really serious. I worked in health and safety for years and lots of people who are intelligent and don't think they will get hurt do indeed get injured all the time - a moment's distraction it all it takes. Something falls, a child calls out, a gust of wind even. A split second is all it takes. And quite often because they took a guard off something like your pinking machine. They really did make it like that for a reason - not just to be pains.  Now I'll go and mind my own business : )