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Thread: Has anyone else ever done anything like this?

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    My second quilting project was a Christmas table runner - 3 blocks on point, pointed ends. When I finished the binding, one of the points was wonky, so I took it apart to fix it. While cutting some of the binding straight (while it was still attached on the front side), my rotary cutter jumped the ruler and I cut my finger. It was a fairly new blade and the cut was deep. My first thought was, Oh goodness, please don't let me bleed all over my table runner - I've put too much time into it. Fortunately, I didn't. That was in 1993, and I put that runner out every Christmas. Makes me smile everytime I see it.

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    We live and learn, don't we. Yep! been there done that!

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    Ouch! I always think the worst part of cutting or pocking myself is I cant sew for a while, so blood doesnt get EVERY WHERE!

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    HA Ha ha! Save the quilt, no matter what! Let's face it people heal, quilts do not. We are all very much alike aren't we, even though we have never really met each other?

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    I can't count the number of times I have cut myself with a rotery cutter. I think mine are always out for blood.

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    I cut the side of my finger off right along the nail (missed the nail, thank goodness) but I don't even remember what quilt I was working on at the time!

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    You've been initiated!!! Welcome to the club! :-D

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    yep, using my 8x24 ruler i did the same thing. bled for 4 hours then went to the emergency room and sat for 1 hour. they just ended up wrapping tons of gauze around my finger. nerves took months to stop being sensitive.
    funny thing was, that long ruler had a plastic guard on the side I WASN'T using!!! duh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I cut the side of my finger off right along the nail (missed the nail, thank goodness) but I don't even remember what quilt I was working on at the time!
    I did the exact same thing about a month ago. Ran upstairs and grabbed a wash cloth to wrap it up in then began digging through the linen closet one handed for gauze & a bandage. Had hubby wrap me up then went right back down to that naughty cutter and finished what I was working on. It was sensitive if I bumped it but I was on a roll with that quilt! Now it's laying on hubby's pool table waiting for borders because a D9P urge overwhelmed me.

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    Yes, and I also didn't want to bleed on my project which happened to be white. Luckily I didn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Quote Originally Posted by Pollyv9
    I cut the side of my finger off right along the nail (missed the nail, thank goodness) but I don't even remember what quilt I was working on at the time!
    I did the exact same thing about a month ago. Ran upstairs and grabbed a wash cloth to wrap it up in then began digging through the linen closet one handed for gauze & a bandage. Had hubby wrap me up then went right back down to that naughty cutter and finished what I was working on. It was sensitive if I bumped it but I was on a roll with that quilt! Now it's laying on hubby's pool table waiting for borders because a D9P urge overwhelmed me.
    Yep! Me too! I cut the side of my finger off while cutting fabric for a customer at my shop! New blade (of course) & that rotary cutter just jumped right over the ruler edge! Customer was a great friend - even took me to ER. Tried to keep a hard hold to ebb the bleeding, but let go once to ease cramps in my other hand-- & of course, blood all over her car! While I was at ER my shop partner found the chunk of finger wedged underneath the blade of the cutter. (Glad she found it & not me-yuck!)
    That was 2 1/2 yrs ago & I never got the feeling back in my finger tip. Too much nerve damage Dr said.
    Go figure!! the next week my shipment of ruler safety guards came in!! Put them on EVERY ruler in the shop & at home! Strongly urge their use - you just never know when that darn thing will 'jump the track'

    Everyone, PLEASE be careful:)

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    I did not know that safety guards exist! What do they look like? I think I need several!

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    Ouch! I have not cut myself with a rotary cutter but I can feel your pain as I read the posts. I try very hard to remember to close my blade every time I put it down and to keep my fingers away from the edge of the ruler. I do know someone though who was coming to guild meeting and had her cutter in her purse. She reached in to grab something and sliced her 4 fingers inside around the second knuckle bringing up a bloody hand. Oh! I can still feel her pain!
    Be careful!

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    Safety guards? Never heard of those. More info please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    HA Ha ha! Save the quilt, no matter what! Let's face it people heal, quilts do not. We are all very much alike aren't we, even though we have never really met each other?
    Exactly what I was thinking.

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    Oh yes....back when I was still working, I was in a hurry trying to get some quilt pieces cut out before going to work....I let my finger slip to the edge of the ruler and neatly cut off the whole edge of the finger.....what a shock to the system that was...then an embarrassment when my patients asked what happened to my finger!! :D

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    Barbara, What a great memory of your Christmas table topper. (It's great now, in retrospect, of course!) When making a quilted Christmas stocking for a good friend, I ran the sewing machine needle through my finger and fingernail. Eeeeeeeee! My first thought was to keep blood off the fabric. Second thought was "did the needle break?" It didn't, but a quilter friend said I HAD to change needles. I smile to think of that incident every year when I hang up my own quilted Christmas stockings.

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    You all have me cringing... I am glad that it hasn't prevented you from going back and finishing up your quilts :D:D:D

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    I was cutting along my 24inch ruler with a very new blade in the rotary cutter. i didn't notice until later but I had sliced through all except my little fingers false nails. Good job it was them and not trhe tops of all my fingers.

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    I use the Gypsy Gripper. I have the small and large size. I also like Fons and Porter's Klutz glove. I keep it in my take to class/workshop tote. I had a great ruler guard I ordered online a few years ago. I loaned it to a guild member and she said she lost it and it cost too much for her to replace it. I need to learn not to loan out my good stuff. I can't remember the name of it. I remember is was made in Australia. I would like to buy another one if I could find where I bought it.

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    When I was at a sewing class I poked my finger with the needle and got blood on my project;not alot but enough to have it spoil the area. Anyway, a lady told me if I used my own spit on it (place the soiled part in my mouth and got it saliva wet, it would removed the blood. IT WORKED. However, this cure will only work if it is YOUR blood on the project and YOUR saliva taking it off. I hope I worded this correctly. Enjoy

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    Never cut myself with the rotary cutter but I have sewn my finger!
    Did the same thing, stopped the machine and tried to figure how to get my finger out of the needle without bleeding on my project!(I had used every scrap of that fabric for the quilt I couldn't bleed on it!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarrieAnne
    Ouch! I always think the worst part of cutting or pocking myself is I cant sew for a while, so blood doesnt get EVERY WHERE!
    I always thot the 'heart' of any quilt or sewing project was a tiny spot of blood somewhere in the process.

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    JoAnn's carries safety guards for rulers. Fons and Porter carries a cutting glove. You wear it on the hand that holds the ruler. That said I have cut myself numerous times due to carelessness. One time I turned to talk to my DH and the blade lightly went over my knuckles. Had to wear tight bandages to stop the bleeding. Luckily I didn't hit the quilt. I'll heal, the quilt won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Connie Merritt
    When I was at a sewing class I poked my finger with the needle and got blood on my project;not alot but enough to have it spoil the area. Anyway, a lady told me if I used my own spit on it (place the soiled part in my mouth and got it saliva wet, it would removed the blood. IT WORKED. However, this cure will only work if it is YOUR blood on the project and YOUR saliva taking it off. I hope I worded this correctly. Enjoy
    Peroxide will also work. This is what they use in the hospitals. Learned this when the nurse was helping me dress after my mastectomy. She had to take a blood sample & accidentally got a couple of drops on my new softie. She wet a cotton swab with peroxide & dabbed it on the spots & they disappeared. Wish I had know about this years ago!

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