Hi, Nancy - I read your post with great interest, thanks! I immediately went to look at the lace beveler Lacemaster, and mama-mia, that's an expensive gizmo!
So... for the moment, I'll just keep practising my lacing and I'm guessing I'll come to understand how critical the bevel and also the strength of the lace is.
I'm able to cut the lace with a see-thru ruler and a rotary cutter, altho it's painfully slow and requires alot of focus. There are some Australian strand-cutters that I'll look at as well... just little things that hug your finger... I'm not sure they'll cut at a bevel, tho.
My Turk's Head knots are coming along really nicely, thanks to a DVD I purchased from a guy named Robert Black of Marlinspikeknotworks... He advocates a really easy method using a foam rubber mandrel and putting in pins at intervals to wrap the lace around... makes it so simple I was able to do it first try.
Ok, more later when I've got a fancy knot to show off!
Cheers, and thank you all for your help!
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