If your cut lines are not crisp and properly aligned, this could be the result of one or more of the following:

  • The blade is not swiveling properly 
  • There is a concern with the grip on your material or cutting mat
  • Your cut settings are too high

Check the Blade

First, review your blade to make sure it is swiveling properly.

To do so:

  1. Carefully unscrew the cap from the tip of the blade
    ⚠ CAUTION: The blade is sharp!
  2. Carefully press the blade tip lightly onto a soft but firm surface, such as a piece of cardstock or paper
  3. Rotate the blade a full 360 degrees

This should ensure that the blade is able to swivel and rotate freely. 

Check Mat/Material Loading

Next, check the loading method for your model to ensure the mat or material is gripped properly during the duration of the cutting job.

Check Cut Settings

Finally, check your cut settings by performing a Test Cut.

You will want to make sure that you are using the lowest Blade setting and Force setting that still cuts your material cleanly. 

If the blade is exposed too high or the Force setting is too strong for the material in use, the blade can get "caught" during the cutting process resulting in misalignment or poor cutting quality.