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Thread: which direction do you cut with your rotary?

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    Notice you included always standing up in your reply Noveltyjunkie. I always thought I could not cut sitting, but since I have Rheumatoid Arthritis standing very long can be a problem. I purchased one of the cutters that has the handle coming out the side and can cut as well sitting down as standing. Of course I had to get a table the right height for sitting and cutting. It's good that we can all do things differently and still have wonderful quilts.

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    I cut away from me...not because I knew it was correct, but it's the way that feels right.

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    Away from me!

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    Always always away from me.

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    As a "newbie" I cut toward me until I watched quilting shows and found out it was safer to cut away. Now I always cut away from me. I't a lot safer.

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    I cut away from myself. Allows me good control of pressure and accuracy. I'm just concerned about safety. I use an acu-cut ruler and it saves on fingers!

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    me too

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    from my body outward. I find the Martelli cutter easier to use than others though. I have way more control over my cutting. no affiliation with the company, just a satisfied customer.

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    Away^^^^^^

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    Usually bottom to top. Occasionally right to left.

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    away..............

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    Safety first - away from me.

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    Away from my body. I bought a wrist wrap at Walmarts for a few dollars and wear it when cutting as my wrists tend to be a bit whimpy in my old age and this helps me a lot.

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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 cut away from my body. I find that if I place my cutting mat on my dining table which is lower than my kitchen peninsula, I do better. I can put my weight into the hand that holds the ruler as well as the hand with the rotary cutter. This gives me more stability. I've had a stroke and have less strenght in my right hand.

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    I cut away from me.

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    never never never pull the cutter toward yourself
    I would ask a teacther in your area about it

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    Always away from me. There was another topic about injuries sustained while cutting. Some mentioned getting guards for their rulers. I was wondering, what kind of guards these are and how well they work. I haven't cut myself (yet) but came close when I accidently dropped the cutter and almost hit my foot...and yes I was barefooted!

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    I'm still new to quilting. I cut away from my body. I use a Martelli rotary cutter and have a suction handle on my ruler. I nicked my finger on my cutter early on learning and yikes, it was sharp.

    My husband built me a table that is 4 feet by 8 feet and made it what he calls belly button high- it's made for me to be able to lean over easily. I really like that handle on my ruler. It keeps my hand from getting too close to the cutter.

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    Had to retrain myself to cut away from me.

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    Away from me.

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    away from me ,any other way would just not seem right or safe

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    Away from me, standing up and perpendicular rotary position. If trimming smaller blocks, I rotate my mat around and shave off the sides.

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