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Thread: Left handed quilter "HELP"

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    sheila bee's Avatar
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    I teach hand quilting at the YMCA senior center...one of the ladies is having trouble with roter blade cutting...she just skims across the top..we have tried different cutters... different sides of the table ..changd the blade from right to lefy.. and the list goes on.....uggggg...i don't know what else to do....any sugestions....PLEASE....

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    Super Member Maride's Avatar
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    I don't think the problem is her being left handed. It seems that she is afraid of cutting. Either afraid of cutting herself or maybe she feels she doesn't need to apply any force.

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    I am left handed and have no problems with the cutting. It doesn't make any difference with a cutter what hand you use. If she is skimming over the top she isn't putting enough preasure on the blade.

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    I'm left & right handed (ambidextrous (sp?)) & switch back & forth. Only time I don't get a good cut is when I don't apply the right amount of pressure...& I've done this no matter which hand I happen to be using to hold the rotary cutter.

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    From what I can tell she is pressing down... I think she is afraid she will mess up...

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    try getting her a glove for cutting she made be scared of cutting herself.. I have seen on the Fonz and Porter Pbs show.. Maryanne Fonz uses it all the time I think it is called a klutz glove I wished I had one

    Chris

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    In a class I attended the teacher showed us how to drive the cutter. Most of us push it forward at an angle. Driving it is holding the cutter in a more upright position which gives you more pressure. I've found this really works for me.

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    Would helping her cut... with your hand over hers... help her to see how much pressure she needs to apply or does she have arthritis and maybe is unable to hold the cutter tight enough?

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    how does she cut pizza?? tell her to think of the fabric as pizza and the rotary cutter as her pizza cutter.

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    I'm also a lefty and I've never had trouble using a rotary cutter. Have you tried to use her cutter? I'm wondering if there might be something wrong with her cutter.

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