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Thread: which direction do you cut with your rotary?

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    Super Member frauhahn's Avatar
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    I do it which ever way it seems best at the moment-never cut into my body-just my fingers (and I did that a lot at first!!)

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    Away from your body ... safer that way.

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    Away- never even thought you could do it the other way lol

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    I go sideways

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    Away from me......that's one sharp blade

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    I cut away from me, towards me and sideways. Just depends on how lazy I'm feeling at the time.

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    I can use either hand, and I always cut away from me.

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    Away from me.

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    I can cut with either hand but the rotary cutter works better if I cut right handed and always cut away from my body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    I pull towards my body (I know.. not the safe way) but when I push away, I loose strength in my wrist.
    Huh. I just tried it towards me and it was incredibly awkward - and I didn't have nearly the strength I do when I cut it away from me. I guess it's just what you're used to.

    I have done the crossover (right hand over left hand) cutting towards me when cutting squares and I'm too lazy to turn the fabric. I KNOW that's not going to end well for me one of these days. ;-)

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    I always cut away from me.

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    Always always cut away!! Kris - try getting one of the suction handles to go on your ruler. Will help you hold it down and should make the cutting away easier!!

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    I cut away from me mostly, also do the crossover hand thing once in a while.
    I love my slotted ruler - it's like training wheels for the cutter.
    AND --- the most important thing -- if I start thinking "oh, I better be careful " I STOP.
    Too many times, the next cut - I nick myself.
    So, listen to that little angel on your shoulder - do not use a rotary cutter when you're tired or "under the influence". Just like the medicine bottles "do not operate heavy machinery"
    It should also say "or quilting cutters!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I cut away from me....I use my long ruler and ease my hand down the ruler so my grip is maintained and the ruler doesn't tilt on me.
    this, I believe is the way many quilt teachers teach as the correct way to do it

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    I cut away from me but the owner of the LQS does it sometimes from side to side in front of her.

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    always away from me! Use an Omni Edge ruler--it has a 'lip' on it that catches on the edge of your mat. It's like an extra hand!!

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    Away from my body.

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    If you are having trouble cutting away from you, check the height of your cutting surface and invest in an Olipfa ruler with the edge or lip that grabs your cutting board. A cutting surface at the wrong height makes the cutting job difficult. The edge gripping rulers are wonderful and I put the little sticky plastic dots or Invisgrip on my rulers to avoid slipping. I am a fast accurate cutter but last night at my LQS I was using their equipment and it was awkward. The table was too high for me, the cutter blade was dull and the ruler had no edge. It was a slow tough job.

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    Always away, and always standing up.

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    always away from me, fabric is to expensive to bleed all over it

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    I always cut away from me.....I need my fingers for sewing,checking out this site and pushing buttons at the casinos...LOL

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    I go away from me

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    I am a lefty but can cut with either hand makes cutting simple, don't have to worry which way the fabric is laying. but no matter what hand I use it's cutting away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kriscraft99
    I pull towards my body (I know.. not the safe way) but when I push away, I loose strength in my wrist.

    Which direction do you cut when using your rotary cutter?
    I am with you on this one.

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