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Thread: Gonna have to start hiding my rotary cutter!

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    Walked in the bedroom yesterday to find my ds sitting in the floor happily cutting up scraps! he's 5! I have told him that that is not a toy and he knows he's not supposed to touch it. The temptation is just too great though. He was also cutting on the hardwood floor (can you see me cringing?) Maybe though he will be a quilter. he already says that when he is grown up he is going to have 9 kids......2 girls and 7 boys. he also knows how many of each kind of animal he wants to have lol! Anyone else have to hide the cutter from the kids? Maybe I will help him cut some squares out and sew them up later this week. maybe that will satisfy his need to cut!

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    LOL - reminds me of my youngest! Only with him it was the seam ripper. We had just decorated his room with matching sheets, blanket, curtains, etc....

    He had to add his own touch! He decided to use my seam ripper to rip holes in the top sheet where he thought his feet would be. He said the sheet was too tight on his bed. Now get this, he was still so small that he only took up half the lenght of the bed anyway! The little stinker. And he didn't stop with that either. He decided to practice writing his name, with the sharp point of the seam ripper, on his chest of drawers!

    And yes, I had it hidden in my sewing chest, which was hidden in my bedroom. Kids, no matter how closely you watch them, they wait until you are either in the bathroom or involved with something like cooking supper, and they go on a covert ops!

    But, they are so cute - when they are asleep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ginnie6
    Walked in the bedroom yesterday to find my ds sitting in the floor happily cutting up scraps! he's 5! I have told him that that is not a toy and he knows he's not supposed to touch it. The temptation is just too great though. He was also cutting on the hardwood floor (can you see me cringing?) Maybe though he will be a quilter. he already says that when he is grown up he is going to have 9 kids......2 girls and 7 boys. he also knows how many of each kind of animal he wants to have lol! Anyone else have to hide the cutter from the kids? Maybe I will help him cut some squares out and sew them up later this week. maybe that will satisfy his need to cut!
    If he managed to "play" with the cutter without hurting himself - it probably would be an excellent idea to have him do it "the right way" and "in the right place" - and be all grown-up.

    I don't know if it's true or not - but I've heard of very young children working in sewing factories - so - try it and see what happens. With supervision this time!

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    I gave my little granddaughter an old one minus the blade and she pretend cuts as she pretend sews. She is really starting to sew though,and learnng fast. She will be 4 in January

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    Play dough has a little wheel cutter that looks like a rotary cutter, maybe play dough and he can make quilt designs.

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    Oh boy, I'd have freaked, thinking he would cut himself.

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    Tool box with a combination lock!!
    I have a plastic toolbox that is about 16" long and about 8" high. It has a spot for a lock.
    All the medications, batteries and 'sharp stuff' goes in that, the lock goes on and the combo is filed between my ears.
    I might start easing up a bit, my DS is 10 now.

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    My GD is 13 now.But when she was 2 , Isaw her holding her little fingers. I said come here and let nany see . She had little cuts all over her fingers, and she said please dont tell mommy'Iask her how she did that ,and she said she was playing with that pizza cutter, and her mom told her not to,But guess what it was my rottery cutter ,Thank god it wasnt worse it was just tiny little cut ,But it sure was sore,

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    Fortunately seeing me bleed (and the lovely burn on my arm) have kept my very inquisitive 10 year old away from my sewing table. I take a little comfort in the fact that I've burnt myself more frequently with the iron since starting to quilt this summer than he has learning to cook this year.

    Cheers, K

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    Yikes, glad he didn't cut himself.

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    When my DD's were little, anything with red nail polish dots (applied to knives) or red yarn ties (scissors) meant STOP - don't use this. They did pretty well, since they knew a red traffic light meant stop also. Of course there weren't rotary cutters way back then!! I like the idea of a locking tackle box.

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    all of the kids in my world KNOW that they are NEVER to touch the rotory cutter!!!
    they can draw their lines with pencil and use scissors; or they can ask me to cut for them...they can never use the cutter themselves!
    they learned this lesson very early...when my youngest granddaughter was 4 she came to the sewing school to work on a quilt for her daddy being deployed; while there one of the class instructors had a big accident with the cutter...cut her finger to the bone...it was tramatic enough that the girls do not even ask if they can try using it. (and the oldest is 15 now) she is even still happy with my cutting anything they want cut with the cutter. rule is no one under 18 allowed to touch the rotory cutters. pain takes all the joy out of an activity. i have never had to hide my cutters, i keep them put away, not laying around any more than a butcher knife would be left laying around. WE ALWAYS PRACTICE SAFETY FIRST!

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    Both of my nephews come over just to hang out and play video games to get away fromm mom and dads and younger lil sisters. and I always have to snatch away my rotary cutter they think it is a cool tool and have to play with it. they are both 15. You would think they know better but nooooo they just have to play.

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    Awhile back, when my step son (17) was still in school. he had a project. I kept scissors, glue, tape, in a kitchen drawer for any school projects he had.
    I told him do not, DO NOT, use any of my sewing tools. The kitchen drawer has ample supplies.
    One day, I am making curtains and I went for my scissors. They were not there, asked son did you take them. His answer was NO. Guess where I found them, under his bed and a pile of clothes.
    I questioned him, he had to cut some cardboard and found my scissors worked better.
    I hid them from that point on

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    Yes my 5 yo loves to cut and sew and cut everything he can find before I catch him. I have put everything up but he can climb! I am getting my kids a sewing maching (ok fixing up one I had) for one of their gifts. (you have to be careful with little girls and a razor my daughter learned the hard way one day :) I agree teach him how to use it correctly then that way he will be less likly to hurt himself!

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    Anyone else have to hide the cutter from the kids?
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    Sometimes you actually have to put dangerous things in a cabinet with a key lock on it. Some kids are darn clever at finding keys to locked places, and are highly offended when they get spanked for doing that. Better crying than getting sewed up in ER !!

    Don't ask me how I know.

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    Lock it up, is the only thing i can say..i know gals that have had to have stitches!

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    just have to add my 2-cents worth...about teaching a 5 year old to use a rotory cutter--safely...
    i do not believe ANY CHILD should be given a razor blade to play with...really? you are thinking it would be ok? no child is that careful or able to understand until it is too late and stitches or worse are required.
    JUST PLAIN SCARY PEOPLE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl
    just have to add my 2-cents worth...about teaching a 5 year old to use a rotory cutter--safely...
    i do not believe ANY CHILD should be given a razor blade to play with...really? you are thinking it would be ok? no child is that careful or able to understand until it is too late and stitches or worse are required.
    JUST PLAIN SCARY PEOPLE!
    I agree. I do not see one 'cute' thing about a five year old using a rotary cutter much less on the wood floor. If he had been my child, his butt would be whooped.

    It would not be wise to 'teach' him to use the cutter. His fingers are a whole lot smaller than an adults and would probably be cut off a lot quicker than the adult not to mention being that small he would have his face closer to the balde and ....oh my people , use your common sense.

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    Definitely hide it. With 14 kids, I have a lock on the outside of my studio door that I need to punch a number code into. sometimes I get weird jokes from people that I lock my kids in there but it actually locks people out and you can not lock people into the room. Before I had a studio I would pack it away when not in use. I also make sure to lock the blade when it is not in my hand and also remind my dear quilt friends to do so when they come quilting. I am glad your little one is so interested in quilting. Many of my children started sewing at that age and some became awesome quilters at around 12 years old. Still the rotary cutter is held back till they are about 12-13 years old under super vision and for some of my kids, even adult ones, they will never be allowed to use it.

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    I had to do that once. Before Halloween I went across state to see some friends I hadn't seen in a few months. Their little nine month old learned how to crawl since I last saw her and she moves FAST! Also likes getting into things. I had brought my quilting stuff for "just in case" and left for a minute while unpacking my suitcase. Got back to find her rummaging through my suitcase and she was trying to chew on my rotary cutter! Thank God it was one I had just bought and was still in the packaging (she was gnawing on the cardboard).

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    I DO have common sense and I guess I am of the teach to use properly with supervision and definite direction. If they aren't taught how will they learn whether 5,8 13, 15 or older? They will more than likely "sneak and do". But,on the same note I am all for "kept up" and out of "reach" and "view" "ask" when need/want to use. Quite often when kids see adults doing, they "do" because they are curious and want to try the "fun" thing and don't get that opportunity.
    For instance I have two -13 year olds, their dad welds for a living. This past summer they asked to learn how to weld, they both know how now. In fact one with "dads assistance" is building a go-cart, they have it almost done except a motor, clutch and brakes.But they both also know that this is a "supervised only" thing. And yes, they do know how and do use my rotary cutter knowing they but must have no distractions (but most times they usually just ask me to do it for them.)
    I do not mean this to be snidely or rude or anything of the sort so please don't take it that way,it is just "My opinion" and how it is with us.

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