How to Care for Your Die Cutting Machine
Die cutting machines open up a whole new world of crafting possibilities. If you want your machine to keep on crafting you’ll have to make sure you take as much care with it as you do your projects. We’ve got some simple tips and tricks to care for your die cutting machines, whether they’re manual and electronic.
Manual Die Cutting Machines
Manual die cutting machines are a great way to get into crafting. Most models are portable, easy to use, and can work with a variety of dies. Cleaning your manual die cutting machine is just as easy, and keeping it in tip-top shape means you’ll be able to use it again year after year.
Here are some simple tips to keep your manual die cutting machine working.
1) Keep your machine clean. Each use of your machine will make it dirtier and dustier. If you want to clean your machine, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol and rub with a cloth or paper towel gently until it evaporates. Then wipe down with a dry cloth or paper towel to make sure that the whole machine is bone dry. Never use bleach or abrasive cleaners, because these may damage the machine.
2) Keep your dies clean. Get rid of any bits of paper or debris that might be stuck on or in the die. Having dirty dies in your machine might make it jam or work improperly, which can ruin a fantastic project before it even starts.
3) Clean your die cutting plates regularly. Wet down the plate, add a little dish soap, and then use an old toothbrush to clean all of the cuts and grooves that have collected in your plates. This will extend their life and will get rid of any unwanted debris that could end up on your next project. (This works for electronic die cutting plates as well.) You can also use a small amount of hand sanitizer afterwards to make it extra clean. Make sure that the plates are completely wiped off and dry before using them or storing them away.
4) Finally, never force anything through the machine. If the plates or your sandwich gets stuck, simply shimmy it through the roller or gently pull it back out. Forcing items through the machine will only wear the parts down and will cut the lifespan of your machine.
Electronic Die Cutting Machines
Electronic die cutting machines are great for new and experienced crafters looking for a tabletop solution to die cutting that can do most of the work for them. But just like the manual die cutting machines, they get dirty or need regular maintenance in order to stay in working order.
1) Clean your machine with a soft, dry cloth. Don’t use abrasive cleaners, water, or any other solutions. Any kind of moisture might damage the machine, so keep it as dry as possible when you’re using it or when it’s being stored.
2) Always supervise children if they use the machine. Crafting with your kids is fun, but it can also be dangerous to both your children and your machine. Make sure that the machine is being operated safely and correctly to increase the lifespan of the machine and to keep your little ones out of harm’s way.
3) Don’t remove plates or platforms while the machine is running. This will keep all of the parts of the machine in the best condition possible and will prevent any moving parts from being damaged. Make sure you also don’t leave objects inside the machine, as this can jam up the machine.
4) Cool down your machine for 10-15 minutes after extended use. This stops the machine from getting too hot and getting damaged, or from damaging the dies. And always power off the machine when you’re not using it, just to be safe.
These are just a few simple tips and tricks that can help you keep your manual or electronic die cutting machines in working order. Keeping them clean, being gentle, and using the right tools will go a long way to keep your machine looking and working like it’s brand new.
Do you have any helpful tips for caring for your die cutting machines?