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Thread: finally did it

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    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
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    Nov 2007
    SW Iowa
    I don't know if they make left handed ones. Mine was a good investment for me. I love the way it automatically closes when I am done. Much safer for me.

  2. #12
    wishiwerequilting's Avatar
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    Aug 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by niizh
    As I am also a member of this club, thought it was a good time to ask about the retractable type rotary cutters. Have always use the olfa brand that does not retract. Have trained myself to always close blade if putting cutter down. (99.9%) This type is good because I am left handed. Can you get the retractable in left handed. Are these as good as the "original".
    all you do is switch the side of the holder the blade is on, so it is universal (for right and left handed folks).
    Do take care when changing the blade!
    Love mine and think it is ergonomically much better than the straight handled ones. Mine you "squeeze" in the handle to get the blade to go down and when you put the cutter down, the blade automatically retracts. it's an olfa.
    There are other brands that do the auto-safety feature, but i prefer this one, and you can lock it with a click of a button so that touching the handle will not make the blade move. (or if you are brave, it will keep the blade in the open position - not recommended, but i guess there may be some time you want to do that).
    Hope you all heal from your wounds!

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    Senior Member Boscobd's Avatar
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    Mar 2010
    Welcome to the club! I joined about 3 years ago. Mine happened when the cutter jumped the straight edge and got the tip of my index finger on my left hand. I now use a klutz glove! In my case, using a retractable blade didn't make any difference.

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    Super Member natalieg's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    I've done that, unfortunately.....bad club to belong too! I have learned to wear shoes when cutting, cause it really hurts when you drop it on your foot!

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    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
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    Jul 2009
    A million dollar view!
    Thankfully I do not belong to this club, yet.

    Just hope you cleaned with soap and water really well so no infection. How awful.

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    Google Goddess craftybear's Avatar
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    Ouch Ouch, be very careful!

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    Super Member Colbaltjars62's Avatar
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    Aug 2010
    Gladstone, Oregon by way of Washington(the state)
    Quote Originally Posted by T-Bones mom
    I have read so many posts about members cutting their fingers on rotary cutters. Well I finally did it. Wow did that hurt. New ruler, not as thick as my others and new blade. You forget how sharp the new blades are. The worst part about it was I was teaching my GD how to do a rag quilt when it happened. I told her "You don't do it that way." LOL Her mom wanted to take me to the ER but I went to the drug store and got liquid bandage and some bandages. I will be fine. she called DH at work and he tried to get me to go to the ER also but I am stubborn. I just don't like stitches. So I guess I am officially in the club.
    Here's an idea that may just help. I can't stop you from cutting yourself but after the deed is done I have sort of a fix. When I was a head cook in a resturant the rule of thumb (no pun intended) was if you cut yourself you wash it out and while you were doing so someone would get a little dish of Corn Starch that you would put your cut finger in. The corn starch will make the blood to clot almost instantly.
    I keep a little container of corn starch in my sewing area for just such an emergency. It will look icky but like I said it will stop the bleeding like that(snap). Besides once you cut yourself, you won't be going back for a little while. I keep a top on the container and once used I throw it away and restock it for the next time. Oh and to get it off later just soak your finger in warm water and the starch will soften and dissolve.
    I hope this helps,

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