I didn’t get any projects done this week – I was anxiously awaiting my new Maxx Air, which arrived on Friday, then setting it up, then playing/playing/more playing and never getting around to FINISHING A DARN THING! I stayed with it all Friday evening- calibrating, cutting chipboard (it cut like butter), and so on but then the outdoor work took me away for the rest of the weekend. Boo hoo!
Nevertheless, I thought I could share with you my shortcut to efficiency. I keep several blade and blade holders at the ready. Its easier and quicker for me to leave them set for a specific material and swap out the whole assembly (since I’m not good at keeping my eyeglasses nearby and can’t really see the blade tip without them). I’ve labeled the blade holders with vinyl as shown in the photo. I have 2 specialty tools for engraving and embossing, a fabric blade, 3 standard blades set for different materials, and a thick material blade set for chipboard. Click on the photo below to download the free file. I included a blank in the file – in case you want to label yours differently. The measurements are a perfect fit to wrap around the blade holders. Note: The engraving tool is a different diameter at the top than the others.
I don’t keep them exactly like this picture though – because I might accidentally chip a blade tip. I keep them in the plastic case they came in, with the colored blade cover (cushioning the blade tip at the bottom of the case) and o-ring spacers (so I don’t have to go looking for them). I also have a few spare spacers on the right side of the control panel. You may notice that the front table and the bar where my blade holders sit look different. Space is limited, so I use this front table for multiple things, like prepping the mats for the Zing or the Maxx, or braying material to the mat. I covered these parts with glass etch vinyl – so I can see through it, but the cutter is protected from my haste or general clumsiness!
I truly LOVE this machine and I’m so glad I decided to upgrade! I wish the retreat were closer to me so I could bring it with me to the Light Your Fire with KNK Retreat in August!