Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
Rotary Cutters Help >

Rotary Cutters Help

Rotary Cutters Help

Old 06-24-2013, 06:55 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 379
Default Rotary Cutters Help

I have Arthritis in my right hand and find it painful to use my rotary cutter, some where I saw a rotary cutter which was developed for people with hands like mine. Has any one any knowledge of this cutter Any help would be great
Thanks in advance

Dale.
kamaiarigby is offline  
Old 06-24-2013, 06:59 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
BeckyB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Camas, Wa
Posts: 444
Default

http://quiltbug.com/notions/martelli.htm
this is what I found on the internet search
Do not know anything about it though
BeckyB is offline  
Old 06-24-2013, 07:07 PM
  #3  
Power Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Western Wisconsin
Posts: 12,930
Default

The Martelli rotary cutter is ergonomically more correct and therefore puts much less stress on the hand and wrist. I have one and I have to agree it's easier on the hand and wrist. However, it does take some time to adapt to the different hand position. I also (if I am remembering correctly) found it difficult to use with the June Taylor Shape Cut mat for cutting strips.

Aside from the Martelli rotary cutter, you might want to consider investing in an Accuquilt Go! or Accuquilt Studio die cutter. Lots of people with arthritis find those machines easier to use. The downside is the dollar-cost.

Edit: Here is a link to the rotary cutter portion of the Martelli website:
http://www.martellicatalog.com/mm5/m...tegory_Code=RC
They also have quite a few videos on Youtube. Here is a link to their Youtube video about the cutter:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJRQGFYoO2Q

Note that their cutters come in a right-hand and left-hand version. You need to order the correct one for your handedness.

Last edited by Prism99; 06-24-2013 at 07:10 PM.
Prism99 is offline  
Old 06-24-2013, 07:37 PM
  #4  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 379
Default

Thank you,Becky B and Prism 99 for your instant replies, yes that looks like the cutter I saw, I doubt if I could buy that in New Zealand, but will see if the MSQC has them, I could combine the cutter with a daily deal vbg
Dale
kamaiarigby is offline  
Old 06-24-2013, 07:45 PM
  #5  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 379
Default

Do the Marttli cutters take the Olfa blades?
Thank you
Dale
kamaiarigby is offline  
Old 06-24-2013, 07:58 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
BeckyB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Camas, Wa
Posts: 444
Default

http://www.fabric.com/notions-patter...nd-blades.aspx
this says no but I do not know for sure
BeckyB is offline  
Old 06-25-2013, 07:49 AM
  #7  
Super Member
 
AliKat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,943
Default

About the Martelli rotary cutter:
- you need to have intact right [or left if you are a lefty, or have become one due to arthritis] index finger because in using the ruler you need that index finger pressure. OK, sometimes you can use the third finger, but those joints need to be intact also.
- since Martelli blades fit the Olfas I expec the Olfa blades would fit the Martelli. However, many friends do report that the Martelli blades do last longer .... esp in combo with a Martelli mat.

With arthritis in your hands, expect things to change as you go. I started with a Fiskars, changed to a Martelli, then am now back at Olfa - the one with the retractable blade when you don't use it ... sorta a pistol grip, if you will. Adaptation to what fits you is the key. TYry friends' cutters before you buy if you can.

I also now use my Alto's QuiltCut2 more consistently as holding rulers hurts. The Alto's only requires one pressure point to hold the cutting edge in place and even that doesn't require as much pressure as most rulers. Some rotary rulers work better for me. Again, try different ones before you buy.

With arthritis it is better if you can also adapt the height of your cutting table. This will help you preserve function longer.

The type sewing machine you use may change. I went straight to Pfaff due to the dual feed technology so I don't have to work to hold my fabric like I used to.

I also have what was called a Third Hand - for cutting templates - not the third hand for hand work. It had a revolving base and an overhead central clamp to hold a template while I cut around the template, revolving the base as I cut. I'll try to find out if such a thing is made anymore.
AliKat is offline  
Old 06-25-2013, 07:59 AM
  #8  
Super Member
 
Normabeth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Central New Jersey
Posts: 1,013
Default

I use the Martelli rotary cutter which is ergonomically made to hold in you hand more easily.
Normabeth is offline  
Old 06-25-2013, 09:58 AM
  #9  
Member
 
ThreadsofTimeFab's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Danville, Illinois
Posts: 45
Default

You might also look into the Comfort Cutter from True Cut.
ThreadsofTimeFab is offline  
Old 06-25-2013, 11:50 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Richmond, VA.
Posts: 348
Default

I would suggest an Omnigrid 45 mm rotary cutter. The handle is thicker . There is no left or right. Your thumb is the potion which controls the blade.
berryberry is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
live2teach
Main
36
06-05-2017 11:49 AM
manley
Main
61
09-06-2011 08:00 AM
aggiebears
Main
17
02-04-2011 06:26 PM
Flagmom
Main
33
02-15-2010 03:19 AM
quilterj
Main
16
03-21-2008 03:55 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


FREE Quilting Newsletter


SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.