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Thread: which direction do you cut with your rotary?

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    suggest you research cutting with the rotary cutter. I believe cutting toward you, while cen be done is a REAL safety issue.

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    just a message for all of you who cut towards your body. Please please be CAREFUL. Those cutters are so sharp and can do a lot of damage. It only takes one slip and major damage is the result.
    Sue

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    Always away. Learned my lesson the hard way.

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    The correct way is away from yourself unless you want to cut your self.

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    From a safety standpoint - should you slip when cutting towards yourself - instant hysterectomy! No joking aside - that is so way dangerous! You say you lose wrist strength? Are you sitting or standing when you're cutting? For long cuts (WOF) standing, at a proper height table or counter, is the preferred method that we teach.

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    I push away from myself but whatever works for you is okay. Just be careful!

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    Always cut away from me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lilrain
    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
    Yes this is what works for me. Maybe a fingerless glove with wrist support would be helpful.

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    Away from me

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    Away from me. And close the blade cover every time I set it down.

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    north( hee hee away from me)

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    Away from my body.

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    I cut toward me, know that is wrong, but I have better control. Just have to be careful.

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    I have 2 hands and the cutter rolls both directions. So it is whatever the situation calls for - away from me, toward me, right or left hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magpiefeather
    I didn't know any better so I taught myself to use it TOWARD me...now and then I try it the other way and it seems awkward.
    Sometimes I start out toward me because it seems like I have more leverage - but if that didn't work, I slide back away from me (a second pass) - so I guess it is how the particular project feels at the time. Of course I am still a newbie at this stuff and probably have a lot more (ahem) habits to break.
    Marysewfun :D

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    Always away from me, I take breaks to so I can stretch my back. I always did it this way, to protect from accidentally cutting myself if it should slip, and also if there should be a nick, that it doesn't pull the fabric

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    Always away from - safety first!

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    I go from bottom to top (away from me).

    I would like to know why I couldn't leave a comment on the MSNBC quilt show that had a quilt with a pregnant woman on it. Since I couldn't, I'll leave it here.

    I don't go to a quilt show to find out about the ills of the world. Yes, a woman's body is beautiful but she covers it up in public. Instead of trying to show a cause in a quilt, wouldn't it be better to actually do something about it (money, volunteer, teach, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by matraina
    I go from bottom to top (away from me).

    I would like to know why I couldn't leave a comment on the MSNBC quilt show that had a quilt with a pregnant woman on it. Since I couldn't, I'll leave it here.

    I don't go to a quilt show to find out about the ills of the world. Yes, a woman's body is beautiful but she covers it up in public. Instead of trying to show a cause in a quilt, wouldn't it be better to actually do something about it (money, volunteer, teach, etc.)
    Did you notice at the top it said locked?

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    away from me is easier for me..

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    Away from my body. But I do work my hand up a couple times and then cut a little at a time. Otherwise my ruler slips.

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    Away from me. Hubby always said,"cut away from yourself and you"ll never cut yourself." I think he learned this from an old wood carver!

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    I alway cut away from me, don't trust myself pulling a blade toward my body. If you are losing strength in your wrist you might try to find a lower surface to put your cutting mat on, (this allows you to use your arm and body movement more than wrist), also keep your wrist firm and straight - it naturally wants to flex and you lose strength that way as well.

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    towards my body

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    Away from me.

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