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    Be careful!

    I know we all know we're supposed to be careful with our rotary cutters. And I thought I was - but yesterday it slipped, and I cut a large slice of my finger off - enough that I had to go to the clinic and have it cauterized. It wasn't fun! Please, learn from my mistake and be EXTRA careful when cutting!
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    Oh no!!! I am so sorry!!!!!

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    Wow, get well soon.
    I have to be extra careful since I am on blood thinners.
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    Wow, that has to hurt!
    Thanks for the reminder. I'm sure we all get careless some times.

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    I feel your pain!!! An experienced sewer but at the time-new to rotary cutters and quilting. I had taken a quilting class-during which our class was warned of the dangers of these tools. I even remember thinking "good point--must committ to memory!"

    Well --as I worked on my homework one afternoon and being in a bit of a hurry, I sliced the the top of my middle finger almost completely off ! As I ran to the kitchen sink with my arm in the air--all I could do was cry and mutter "how could I be so stupid?!?!? I know better!" DH was impressed that although tragic I left no blood trail and my finger healed after a few weeks! I did hang my head in shame and lifted my bandaged finger in the air when I returned to class and gave the statement "Teacher was right! They are sharp!"
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    Ouch! Heal quickly.
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    Ouch!!! I try to be careful - but then there are times you get distracted. So sorry for you!!

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    Ouch I'm sorry you are hurting. I hope you heal up quickly.

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    I hate to hear this. I feel for you and hope it doesn't hurt too much!

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    omg .... I feel your pain, I was in the garage using the the wire wheel and leaned into the other end of the grinding stone. needless to say, i spent the day in the hospital and a nasty scar ... not one big cut a half inch deep but two....
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    I am so sorry for you, I hope you get well soon. I was looking to buy the electric one but DH told me he could see me cutting off a finger as I am so accident pron. I thought about it awhile and he is right so I did not buy it.

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    Oh poor baby. I did the same but after four hours it quit bleeding. had to wear a metal finger guard for about a month due to the nerves being sensitive. I used my 8x24 inch ruler with a plastic guard on it-but somehow turned it and was using the side without the guard! my fault for not paying attention. but i'm much more careful now. those things are sharp!!!

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    Ouch! Welcome to the infamous club of "we all did it too".
    Yesterday I was using salad tongs to maneuver the scrubber in a tall skinny vase. Did not expect the hinge end of the tongs to have a sharp edge . . . Bandaid on the end of my thumb for a couple of days now.

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    yep...me, too. 3 stitches.

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    Ladies, do what I did. Get a Klutz glove, I believe it's called. Similar to what butchers wear. You can get them on-line at quilting supply sites.

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    Be careful!

    I'm so sorry this happened to you. I'm grateful every day to someone (Bellaboo?) who posted on the board a while back about Rule Steady. Besides its safety factor, it's great at keeping your rulers from slipping.

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    It is so easy to forget safety. I hope that you do heal up OK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by loisf View Post
    Ladies, do what I did. Get a Klutz glove, I believe it's called. Similar to what butchers wear. You can get them on-line at quilting supply sites.
    I bought a Klutz glove after seeing a quilting instructor slice off a piece of her finger. I figure if an experienced instructor can make a mistake like that, I'd be in real trouble without some sort of protection. Love the glove...just need to remember to use it every time I have a rotary cutter in hand.

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    That was a good subject to bring up as we all can get careless at times I know I do .
    I hope it is getting better.

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    I never use a rotary cutter without a safety guard of some kind. Not even to make one tiny little cut. My favorite and is the Quiltrers Slide Lock. It holds the ruler in place and no slipping and my hand is no where near the blade. I have all sizes. There are many safety tools to choose from. Please find the one you like and never cut without it.
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    I know your pain I sliced a chunk off my index finger last year and still have no feeling. I had to go to the wound center for 9 weeks while they trimmed the skin and packed my wound. The next thing I purchased at Joann's was a cutting glove and don,t cut without it.

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    When I was learning to use a rotary cutter. I would jerk or something and cut away from the ruler. I messed some fabrics but not my fingers. I don't get in a hurry when I cut. I try to make sure my fingrs are away from the edge of the ruler. I hope I don't get lax.
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    Ouchies! I can feel your pain, been there myself. Fortunately I didn't have to go to the clinic and it healed up pretty well.
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    Oh no. I hope you heal quickly.
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    I don't understand anyone depending on luck to not have a bad accident with the rotary cutter. Why not make sure you won't?
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