Problems with the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer

Written by erik devaney
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Home decorating and cooking guru Martha Stewart sells several products under her Martha Stewart Crafts brand, including the Martha Stewart Crafts Paper Trimmer. Paper trimmers are tools used for resizing or decorating paper. The Martha Stewart trimmer features two blades: one for cutting and one for scoring, or scratching on designs. When a blade is not in use, you can store it in a compartment on the underside of trimmer. And while the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer has many beneficial features, it also has several problems.

Paper Guide

As notes, using the paper guide on the side of the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer may feel uncomfortable for some paper-crafters, especially those who are accustomed to using more traditional-style trimmers. With a traditional trimmer, you must push the edge of the sheet of paper you are trimming up against a fixed paper guide and then slide the blade down a fixed blade track; effectively cutting or scoring the sheet. In contrast, with the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer, the paper guide and the blade track are not fixed but can be lifted up. To prepare a sheet of paper for trimming, you must first raise the paper guide and blade track and then slide the sheet beneath these components. As mentions, while this design feature of the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer is not a defect or flaw, "it just feels backwards."

Pull-Out Ruler

Another design feature of the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer that has the potential to puzzle paper-crafters is its pull-out ruler. The pull-out ruler is a tool that allows users to accurately measure and trim large sheets of paper, such as 12-inch-by-12-inch sheets, down to specific sizes. And while one might expect that the measurements on the ruler, which are given in inches and centimetres, would go up as you pull the ruler outward, the opposite is true: the measurements on the pull-out ruler decrease as you move away from the paper guide and blade track. The purpose of this "backwards" design is to allow users to set the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer to a specific size prior to trimming. However, for crafters who are familiar with more traditional trimmers, this design feature may prove more confusing than beneficial.

Blade Design

While the Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer features two blades for different craft applications, interchanging these blades can be challenging and potentially dangerous. According to the online craft resource PSA Stamp Camp, the directions for the trimmer instruct you to remove a blade by sliding its cap, or blade-assembly, off to the side, as opposed to pulling the cap. However, these caps can be stubborn, and trying to wrestle them free can potentially result in cuts or scrapes to the fingers.


The Martha Stewart Paper Trimmer is not a replacement for a commercial, heavy-duty trimmer that can cut through hundreds of sheets of paper in a single swipe. Unlike heavy-duty trimmers, which utilise guillotine-like cutting arms with long blades, the Martha Stewart trimmer uses a small blade that glides along a track.

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