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Thread: The Quilting FuPaw

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    Junior Member CruisingStef's Avatar
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    I was studiously working on cutting out my quilt blocks several weeks back. I was having trouble with my rotary cutter skipping, so I figured I would "push" it hard and fast. Well that was really stupid of me to do that, because it slipped and cut my thumb. OUCH!! :XD: I ran to the kitchen crying and bleeding, praying that it would soon stop. Instinctively; I ran it under water, which only made it bleed more but I could see it wasn't that deep. Geez-----how dumb can one be, I got the blood to subside long enough for me to go call for help.

    When my friend came, he almost passed out! O.K., he says, lets go to the hospital. No, I cried even more. It's not that bad, just a little blood. "But you've got a flap of skin there that's about to fall off. You need to get to the hospital."
    " Alright, but only because I don't want to argue with you."
    When we got there, we waited with a blood-soaked thumb for about 15 minutes. Then they took me right into the Fastrac and numbed it to stop the bleeding, and to my surprise they sewed it up with 7 stitches. The rotary cutter went down the middle of my thumb, they say I will lose the nail. I'm lucky though, it could have been much worse, I could have lost my entire thumb.
    ~~~~But this was only a minor setback.~~~~~

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    Wow! Glad you did get to the hospital! Hope it heals well! :)

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    Oh my, so sorry you cut your thumb. I sure hope this is a lesson to all of us rotary cutters. Be careful !

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    Oh geez!! Get well soon

    Get to healing, you have work to do. :)

    I did the same thing with one of those Mandaline slicers used in the kitchen. Soon as I stopped bleeding all over my newly redone kitchen I threw that thing in the trash. So now I use a food processor.

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    I'm sorry --- I did dumb last summer and cut the end of my middle finger almost all the way off. I don't care that they say I'm an adult -- it HURT! I cried!!!

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    OH!! How painful. I hurt just thinking about it.

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    wow! I cut mine a few years ago with a buck knife...index finger and laid it open from first knuckle to end of nail on the side. Bled like crazy. I superglued it, splinted it to keep from bending it and after about an hour of sitting I was back in the kitchen.....I did NOT use that knife anymore though!

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    OUCH, you just needed a brake! now you can look thru all those quilting mags you haven't gotten around to...

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    Very sorry to hear that you cut yourself. I'm happy to hear that you are going to be alright though. This is probably a lesson well learned. If ever you have to add that much pressure, I would say that you need to change your cutter blade. If it is good and sharp, it should cut through the material like butter. Be safe please.

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    I always say, respect your rotary cutter. Hope your thumb heals up, and you will be as good as new.

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    Now I feel like a wimp for whining about the flesh wound I dealt myself the other day with my rotary cutter. Hope your thumb heals quickly and cleanly.

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    DH cut the end of his thumb off many years ago, slicing steak for a sandwich. Went to the ER and they sewed it back on, you can still see the "seam". Good thing it didn't end up in the sandwich!!!

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    Yikes!! I'm so glad you are ok and still have that thumb!!

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    I do remember being taught never to cut towards myself and to keep my fingers away from the cutting side of any blade I am cutting with.

    And I also remember the times I forgot about that good advice and had a story like yours to tell afterwards!

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    That is apparently what my BFF did when she did not listen to my words of advice and warning. She ended up walking around town with this huge bandage on her finger telling everyone she was a "wounded quilter."

    I'm glad they fixed you up and next time the cutter won't cut, try changing to a new blade. It WILL be less expensive, less time-consuming, and less painful.

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    I did the same thing about a year ago, but it was my first finger in the way. Hurt pretty bad. I then bought the clutz glove from Fons and Porter to protect my hand. Those blades sure are sharp aren't they? I'm glad you didn't lose your thumb!! Good luck on healing up quickly!!

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    OOOOOOh that sounds painful! Glad you relented and got it stitched up :)
    Get better soon!

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    Well, I'm glad it wasn't worse, but I'm glad you went to get it taken care of. That sounds like a good friend who told you what you needed to hear, and not what you wanted to hear. We all need friends like that. I hope you heal up soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2quilt
    I did the same thing about a year ago, but it was my first finger in the way. Hurt pretty bad. I then bought the clutz glove from Fons and Porter to protect my hand. Those blades sure are sharp aren't they? I'm glad you didn't lose your thumb!! Good luck on healing up quickly!!
    Do you like the glove and do you use it all the time? I've been wondering if I should get one. Hmmm....might be a good Christmas present to ask for.

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    when your rotory cutter is skipping it is time to change the blade not apply force, and always take your time cutting, a rotory blade is a razor blade and can cut digits right off. always play safe; once pain is involved the pleasure can go right out of an activity.

    Quote Originally Posted by CruisingStef
    I was studiously working on cutting out my quilt blocks several weeks back. I was having trouble with my rotary cutter skipping, so I figured I would "push" it hard and fast. Well that was really stupid of me to do that, because it slipped and cut my thumb. OUCH!! :XD: I ran to the kitchen crying and bleeding, praying that it would soon stop. Instinctively; I ran it under water, which only made it bleed more but I could see it wasn't that deep. Geez-----how dumb can one be, I got the blood to subside long enough for me to go call for help.

    When my friend came, he almost passed out! O.K., he says, lets go to the hospital. No, I cried even more. It's not that bad, just a little blood. "But you've got a flap of skin there that's about to fall off. You need to get to the hospital."
    " Alright, but only because I don't want to argue with you."
    When we got there, we waited with a blood-soaked thumb for about 15 minutes. Then they took me right into the Fastrac and numbed it to stop the bleeding, and to my surprise they sewed it up with 7 stitches. The rotary cutter went down the middle of my thumb, they say I will lose the nail. I'm lucky though, it could have been much worse, I could have lost my entire thumb.
    ~~~~But this was only a minor setback.~~~~~

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    I was always told, the empty gun is always the one that will kill.

    So, the dull rotary blade is the one that will cut you deepest.

    Embroidery that on the front of your brain.

    I'm not bleeding any more, and can now use the car keys to go to Walmart to get new round blades.

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    I am so sorry that happened I wish they had some kind of protective guard on them that was almost level with blade at least that way we could still cut fabric and be a little safer

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    minor setback??? Geez Louise...i have done it but not like yours and it hurts like the dickens!! Too sore to use for several days. Hope you heal up fast & be careful now. Glad u ending up going to the hosp!

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    They say if you fall off a horse, you should get right back on. So KEEP QUILTING!

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    Wow I bet they gave you a tetnus shot too! Bless your heart. Thanks for posting this, it is a good reminder that rotory cutters are a razor blade that can cut you bad!

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