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4.08.2009

Making Memories Magnetic Trimmer



{Reported by Paula Gilarde} One of the first basic tools that any scrapbooker needs in a trimmer. Ok, I know some people can get by using scissors or an exacto knife, but I am not that kind of scrapbooker! I started small using the basic versions found at craft stores everywhere but found them lacking. Specifically, I didn't like having to buy new blades every two weeks (apparently I cut a lot of stuff), and I often had problems with things not cutting straight. Frustrated I searched for a new solution - enter the Making Memories Magnetic Trimmer. It is touted as "professional trimmer", it has a self-sharpening blade (yahoo!) and has a 12x12 grid cutting surface that contains pre-measured templates. It also claims that it is lightweight for optimal portability but I'm going to have to dispute that one - it's portable alright but definitely not lightweight!

Ease of use: A trimmer is a trimmer is a trimmer - what's there to know about using it? Well, the MM trimmer actually contains instructions on the plastic guard, explaining not to cut more than two sheets of paper at a time. It also comes with a magnetic ruler that theoretically holds your paper in place while cutting - I actually found that a little cumbersome and don't use it. When I started using the trimmer I use to butt the paper up against the edge of the trimmer which results in uneven cuts - you need to line you paper up with the grid-lines to cut straight. Be sure to watch the video about the trimmer on the MM site - you will learn all kind of clever tricks, like how to score using the trimmer (something that I didn't know and used to revert back to my old trimmer for scoring) and how to adjust the blade.

Construction/Durability:
This is not a flimsy tool - it's solid, well made and weighs quite a bit! My biggest issue with the construction is that the wonderful grid lines that they provided (along with nifty 4x6 and 5x7 templates) wore away. That's a big problem when you have to use those grid lines when cutting. Making Memories was very responsive when I reported the problem and sent me a replacement trimmer within a few weeks. Two thumbs up for MM's customer service department!

Usefulness:
I'm a big fan of straight lines and I would be lost without a trimmer. This trimmer does the job and does it well - now that I have a new one that is :) One of my issues when I was using the trimmers that needed replacement blades is that I could never cut slivers off - you know, when you cut the end off a piece of patterned paper only to find that there's a little bit of white still there? This trimmer allows me to trim the tiniest piece off the end. Love that.

Cost Effectiveness:
The Magnetic Trimmer retails for $49.99 - it's certainly not the cheapest trimmer out there. The biggest plus for me is the fact that I don't have to buy replacement blades, which means I won't be messing up projects using dull blades.

What I liked:
- Self sharpening blade - love that feature.
- The 12x12 cutting mat and pre-measured templates.
- Having the ability to accurately cut little slivers off edges (as mentioned above)

What I disliked
- The grid wearing off (but as I mentioned, customer service sent me a replacement once I reported the problem on their website)
- How you can't line your paper up against the sides of the cutter
- The size/weight - I found it a bit cumbersome to take to crops. It doesn't fit in my Crop In Style rolling tote - I have to carry it on top.

What I made:
I learned a few tricks after watching the video on the MM site so I decided to put my new found skills into action by making a few cards. I scored the card using a bone folder and the fold in the trimmer. I also cut strips from my patterned paper using the trimmer.

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket and Pink Paislee patterned papers; Stampin' Up stamp and punches.


For my second card I use one of the pre-measured templates (the 3x5 size) for a quick and easy card.
Supplies: Bazzill cardstock; Prima patterned paper; Heidi Swapp sticker.


Where and How Much:
Product Name: Magnetic Trimmer
Manufacturer: Making Memories
MSRP: $49.99
Available at: Making Memories, Scrapbook.com, Ben Franklin Crafts*


What do YOU think?
Do you have the Making Memories Magnetic Trimmer? Do you love it or hate it? Have you used another trimmer that you prefer?
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37 comments:

Rebecca said...

I have this trimmer and love it. Their customer service is great and replaced one of my parts with no hassle. Thanks for another great review!

Rhayne said...

I don't have the MM trimmer and have gone through my fair share of them, looking for the perfect one. The fact that this will cut slivers of paper is HUGE!!

Thanks for the review :o)

mustangkayla said...

How did you know I was wanting to know what you guys thought of this trimmer? lol...THanks for the great review. I am debating between this MM Trimmer and the new WRMK Magnetic Mat and trimmer. I am really leaning towards the MM Trimmer as I LOVE their customer service and know they stand behind their product.

JennE said...

I bought this trimmer a year ago also frustrated with the ones that didn't perform well & this one RAWKS! I actually got mine at Michael's for 50% off, they let me use a coupon. It is a total must have & I am VERY happy with it.

Ladybug Linda said...

Thank you so much. I have the MM magnetic trimmer and could not figure out what I was doing wrong. (should have read the directions.) I plan to check out that website and start using my trimmer again.

Valerie Bishop said...

I have this and I love it....I love that it folds in half so it won't take up quite as much space!

DeniseHunter said...

I don't have this trimmer, but considering it after reading your great review.

stinker said...

I have it and love it. I really don't think it's *that* heavy; I have no problems taking it to crops, especially since it folds in half and stays that way (love the magnetic feature there).

I will have to check out the vid on the MM site. Also, the only thing I use the ruler for is to make sure pictures and such are lined up and straight.

Great review!

Stacy said...

I have this trimmer and probably would buy it again. I used a coupon. My plastic thing broke within 2 weeks of using it but I'm pretty sure it was something I did but it still works. I need to watch the tutorial. Didn't realize they had one.

Carla Cavellucci Landi said...

I hate trimmers, because most of them (I've used) never cut straight lines, it's always something weird (I'm sure it's not me, because I line up with marks or even when they have kind of a "arm" to guide you), making me prefer the old knife&ruler couple. Now I'm thinking... tks for the review!!!

Jill said...

I went to a wheel cut because I didn't like the ragged edges w/ the 'fiskars-type'; have been looking at this one and the option for straight cuts is a great concept (duh!! why wouldn't they all cut straight!!!)

Rebecca said...

I love this trimmer except that my grid lines are disappearing as we speak :) I just emailed MM, so I'll keep y'all posted as to what they do for me.

Courtney ;-) said...

i have had this trimmer for a while, but never used it b/c it is so big and bulky ... BUT i pulled it out a few weeks ago and now i won't put it away!!! it is the only trimmer that i have ever used that actually cuts straight!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

Tricia said...

Looks like I am going to have to check this trimmer out. Buying replacement blades all the time is not fun. Great cards! Thanks for the honest review.

kgscrapper said...

I won this thrimmer from an onoline scrap store. It is far and away my most used tool!! I agree with Paula, it is a bit heavy and not so easy to take to crops. I also have a 12X12 magnetic mat and I use the ruler with that and the little "peg" style magnets from the mat I use to hold paper in place on my cutter.

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

great review! Thanks for the info.

Tammy said...

I have this trimmer and love it, bought it at one of those box stores with a 50% off coupon. I don't usually take it to crops simply because it takes up so much room, but other than that it's great, I highly recommend it!

Joyce D said...

why oh why can't they make a trimmer that will cut straight when you use the top edge? How many hands to they think we have to hold stuff tight? ah well - thanks for a great review ... I've been wondering about a new trimmer ....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this review...I actually have too many trimmers but not this one...yet. I, too, have a thing about replacing blades and being able to cut straight...I have yet to find a trimmer that cuts perfectly straight, so I will be thinking about this one.
Grammyscraps

Rebecca W said...

I don't have this trimmer and I am in the market for a good quailty trimmer. I was looking at a few and this is one of them. This review is very helpful in my decision making process.

Allison :-) said...

I have looked at these in a mag I think and thought they looked great but was concerned about the size! I don't crop elsewhere much but when I do I like the ease of taking it with me....I think though the good points outweigh the bad. thanks for the review!

Kari D. said...

I have this trimmer and I hate it! It's big and bulky, but that isn't the part I hate. My self sharpening blade doesn't self sharpen! I've contacted MM and they promptly sent me a reply with some tricks to try to fix the problem. I've done what they said to do repeatedly and the problem is still not fixed. To their credit, they did say that the problem could be tricky to fix, but try as I might, I cannot fix it successfully. I am super frustrated with this trimmer and how poorly it functions for me - especially since it was so expensive!! I will surely be contacting them again about this problem since, believe me, I'd love for this trimmer to work as it is supposed to! Rough edges on my papers and photos are just not working for me though!!!

Christine (MA) said...

I've had this trimmer for a good year & I love it. I haven't run into the problem with the markings wearing off, but I've heard of others that have. Definitely worth the money.

marla said...

I have the Fiskars trimmer. I have had 3 different ones. I really like the latest style. It even locks in place so your paper will stay put and be cut straight.

Jenny said...

I have this trimmer and LOVE it! I used to use the cheap-o ones that you had to replace the blade all the time and it was making me crazy!! The grid lines are starting to wear off on my trimmer also, so maybe I'll have to email customer service. I don't particularly care for the ruler it came with...the ruler separated from the magnet and nothing I use will make it restick! Overall, this trimmer rocks!! It's definitely a keeper!!

JennV said...

I have heard a lot about this trimmer so I was glad to see this review. I currently have a fiskars rotary trimmer and haven't had any trouble with it, although I do have to replace the blade. So having a self-sharpening blade would be a big plus!

Stephanie Frisby said...

I have used the MM trimmer and found that it cut nicely, but was too cumbersome for my liking, so I decided against purchasing it. I have a small crop space with very limited storage, so even storing it at home (not to mention taking it to crops) was an issue for me. I do agree, though, that it cuts very nicely and straight!

Yaritza said...

It cuts well. I also got the first model where the grids wore out. I did too get a replacement. I find it a little cumbersom that you can't line it up with the egde. If I have small pieces I can't get a good staight cut. I still reach for my small Fiskars trimmer more often for the size and for the fact that I can put the paper no matter what size right up to the edge and get a straighter cut.

Holly said...

I have one and love it!! I agree though, why is it so hard to have the edge be straight so it can be used for cuts? Didn't know about the video, will have to go check that out.

Cynthia B. said...

I have this trimmer and love it - it cuts great! I love how it's self-sharpening, and I love how it can make the thinnest cuts off the end of the paper.
One (tiny) thing that I've had to get used to is making cuts in the middle of paper - for example, for a frame, or to cut a certain piece of patterned paper out without using up the whole sheet. Not sure if anyone else does this, but if there's a certain pattern in the paper that I want to use, I like to cut it out of the middle of the paper. Can't do that w/ the MM trimmer - there isn't a way to "lift" the blade up and place it in just the right spot somewhere else on the paper. Don't know if that makes sense, but like I said, it's a small thing. I pull out my old Fiskars or an exacto if I want to get to the center of a certain paper!

Laura L said...

I have this trimmer and LOVE it!! I also had mine replaced free because of the grid lines wearing off. I love the fact that it folds and is still usable. I do need to watch the video apparently-I'm always pulling out an old trimmer with the scoring blade. I'd love to be able to get rid of that! Thanks for the review!

Diana said...

I had just bought this trimmer a few weeks ago as I was very impressed with it at my LSS ~ but I think I bought a lemon as the first time I used it, there were metal shavings coming out and it wrecked the plastic guard. Sure enough, when I checked the blade was all chewed up. Hoping I can either get a replacement from MM or Michaels where I bought it with a coupon. Kind of too bad as I was really excited to use it. I still would give the trimmer a thumbs up, but caution that perhaps check and make sure it cuts properly. (mine was giving my paper a nice distressed look..lol)

Amanda said...

I had this trimmer and returned it. The "self sharpening" blade did not get sharper, in fact it ended up tearing my paper instead of cutting it. (the distressed look) Also the lines were fading fast, and it was just too big and heavy. I have since purchased the Fiskars trimmer (orange one) and LOVE it!

Nathalie said...

Thank you for the review Paula! I do have the same trimmer and agree with everything you said about it. There's only one thing that makes me regret my old Fiskars rotary trimmer: the inability to use deco blades...
I did not know about the video on the MM site so I will head over there to check it out!

quilter422 said...

i have the old version fiskars rotary trimmer (the one with the thin cutting strip instead of the cube). i couldn't find strips anymore, so decided to get this trimmer (with a coupon) when it first came out and returned it within weeks! i don't like that you can't just line the paper up against the edge and get a straight cut. it was very heavy. and the grid wearing off - ugh! i'd rather replace blades.
however, MM pulled it from the market within about a month of my returning it, and re-issued it later after some retooling. however, from what you've all written, it sounds like none of the things i disliked were fixed. luckily, shortly after returning it, i found a source for the thin fiskars cutting strip and bought enough strips for several years.

canadacole said...

I have had and LOVED the MM trimmer for a couple of years now...until about 4 months ago. It was getting pretty gummy from me cutting things that had already been glued together and I decided to clean it. Once I washed the guard and blew all the stray pieces of paper out, it has refused to cut. It just eats whatever I try to cut. I had given up on it and reverted to my old Fiskars trimmer that I take to crops. I'm going to go watch that video now though and see if I can get it working again!

Vicki Morris said...

I love my mm trimmer. I did notice right away not to butt it up against the bottom, hate crooked cuts. I don't like that the grid wears off, I had to buy another one, maybe I should contact MM about it. The second one broke one of the things that hold it together in the middle, doesn't effect the cutting but I'm always afraid when I open it up that it'll completely come apart and I'd have 2 pieces. Still I love the mm cutter. Love that I don't have to buy replacement blades. Thanks for letting us know about checking on the mm site about tips and tricks. Will go check that out.