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Thread: Lefty quilters needed

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    Hi - I'm writing an article about lefties for American Profile magazine and found this site and thought it'd be interesting to hear from a left-handed quilter/seamstress. Article due soon, but if you read this and would have a few minutes to be interviewed, I'd love to hear from you.

    American Profile is a good-news weekly magazine with 10-million circulation. It's inserted in newspapers nationwide.

    Marti Attoun
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    I wouldn't be surprised if a larger percentage of the quilting world is left handed, compared with the population as a whole.

    Why would quilting left handed be any different than quilting right handed? Those of us who are LHed use both hands to some degree anyway just because of the way the world is set up. My only accommodation is using left handed scissors or scissors that are neither for LH or RH.

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    LH person here too...and I agree with irishrose.

    The only thing I do different is ... nothing.

    My daughter is RH'd and we do things the same way.

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    LOL.
    I too am a lefty.
    I have nver noticed any diffrence in my sewing than any of my friends in our group.
    (but now I may start to look closer) :-)

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    I too am a lefty. The only thing I do different, is to do things the opposite direction as a righty.

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    Welcome from Ireland. I am not a lefty.

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    I am a total lefty, but do not find doing things any different or harder than a righty :lol:

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    Hello, and welcome from idaho!
    I am right handed, but I use one hand as much as the other. Happens when you have had casts on both arms at different times.

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    I'm a lefty as well. I don't know what I do that is different; never paid any attention. Be glad to talk to you, though.

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    Hello Marti and welcome from Nevada! I'm a righty.

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    I am ambidextrous... only thing I have noticed is when cutting I switch hands without even noticing. One of my friends was watching and asked me how I do that! Nice thing is that it doesn't matter where I am placed in a room, I can cut anywhere.

    Welcome to the board, I have learned so much since I joined!

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    I am a righty but I would like to see cutting matts for lefties, I cut backwards and so I have to subtract on the matt.
    Elias Howe was a lefty so machines are already made for lefties, :-)

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    I use right-handed scissors on my left hand...but that's only because, my teacher never had left handed scissors in her classroom (Catholic school with nuns as teachers). They thought that being left-handed was some kind of defect or something...so they would give me right-handed scissors so as to encourage me using my right hand.

    I adapted and learned to use those darn scissors on my Left Hand!...LOL

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    I am a lefty and the main difference is I have to use left handed scissors (which cost more than righties). I have adjusted to the cutting boards etc., but I have wondered how different it would be to have a sewing machine that was made backwards, with the opening and needle on the right side instead of the left, just a curiosity, might not make any difference at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lisa
    I am a lefty and the main difference is I have to use left handed scissors (which cost more than righties). I have adjusted to the cutting boards etc., but I have wondered how different it would be to have a sewing machine that was made backwards, with the opening and needle on the right side instead of the left, just a curiosity, might not make any difference at all.
    Very interesting thought....it's never felt backwards to me, but only because there is no other options...kinda like my scissors issue. I learned to use the RH'd scissors on my LH and my brain doesn't know anything else. If I attempt to use the LH'd scissors on my left hand now, I can't get them to cut...it's really wierd.

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    I just finished an attic window pattern and it was brought to my attention I may have made it backwards because I am a lefty. LOL
    So maybe there are diffrences!! (small ones) :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaha
    I am a righty but I would like to see cutting matts for lefties, I cut backwards and so I have to subtract on the matt.
    Elias Howe was a lefty so machines are already made for lefties, :-)
    I agree with you because I'm a lefty and I can't use scissors or my rotary cutter unless they are for lefties. I hate having to subtract all the time.

    Kathi in PA

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    welcome!

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    Welcome to the board from Southern California!!!

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    Welcome and Howdy from Kentucky!

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    I am left handed and have learned to use my right hand if all else fails. I knit right handed and the computer mouse I also use right hand.

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    I too am a lefty and have no problems to speak of. Have left handed scissors and my rotary cutter is set up for left handed.

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    I, too, am left-handed. The only difference I have ever been able to see between my friend and me is that I get lots more accomplished than they do. HA ! HA !

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    Iam a lefty I am also a cook and a quiltmaker I also knit and embroider and crochet.

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    welcome from se TX -- not a lefty

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