1. If you squeeze too hard when cutting the label off, you will cut through both the label and the backing. If you don't squeeze hard enough, you won't get a cut at all. Experiment to find just the right pressure to use.
  2. Turn the label to the *cut* symbol, just to the left of the letter *a*. Then squeeze the handle with just the right pressure. The cutter will cut through the label without cutting through the label backing. Then you can space the label out until you can feel the partial cut. Bend the label back and use a fingernail at the cut point to peel the label away from the backing and off. The backing will still be attached to the roll of tape. You can cut it, but always leave some of the backing sticking out past the end of the label roll.
  3. Peel the label away from the backing first and then cut off the label with scissors. This is easy once you have some backing sticking out beyond the label. If you cut both the label and the backing at the same time, the next label will be hard to peel. If you peel first and then cut the label, leaving the backing, the next label will be easy to peel.
  4. If there is no backing to hold on to, loosen the backing from the label this way. Turn one of the free corners of the label down, pinching it between your thumb and index finger. The index finger should push the little turned down part and the thumb should be on top of the label. Now continue to press the corner back, but uncurl the turned down corner by moving your index finger across your thumb until the corner is straight. After you have done this several times, you will be able to pick the label away from the backing more easily. Remember to pull the label away from the backing before cutting it off.

(Submitted by: Susan Fisher; Last updated: May 24, 2013)

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