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Thread: So I guess those rotary blades ARE sharp afterall!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I always use a safety tool when using my rotary cutter. I have them all from the stick on plastic guard to Gypsy Grippers to Rule Steady and the Klutz glove. This is the one I use the most: http://quiltersslidelock.com/ and I have both sizes.

    Many will say it cost too much but what is it worth to not have a bad cut right now?

    I use a cut resistant glove when I go to classes/sewdays. I bought this one: Victorinox Cutlery Performance Shield Cut Resistant Glove, Extra Small at Amazon.



    I learned my lesson when I got my first cut. It scared me thinking how bad it could have been so I now use safety tools and will buy any new ones that come on the market.


    One ER visit cost will buy a lot of fabric!
    Looked at this tool.... Bought it! I worry about rotary cutter slipping and try to be VERY careful. But it only takes on slip. Thanks for the link.

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    I am so sorry for you. ouch! I have a glove and forgot about it until you reminded me. If I am left handed and hold the cutter with left hand and ruler with the right, should I put the glove on right hand? Thank you
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    I did this same thing last year and it took months to heal and I still feel where the side tip is missing...hope your heals faster and better than mine. I don't use a glove but have considered it. Good luck!
    Linda

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    Ouch!! I had the same thing happen with the cutter running over the ruler but did not cut my finger - was lucky. Thx for mentioning the glove and feel better.

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    I did this a couple of years ago - after using a rotary cutter for almost 25 years. Took a trip to the ER and 8 stitches. I don't have a glove because all of them I have looked at are just too large for me to use safely.

    Side note, I always sew barefoot but I now cut with shoes on after dropping my rotary cutter on my foot. The blade was closed because I am super careful about that but I could see the potential. I know many won't agree but injuries to my hands don't bother me much because I have so many. My feet are a different story.

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    A friend works in the ER at one our local hospitals and said that rotary cutters are the leading cause of stitches for women in Utah. Hope you are all better soon, nothing worse than trying to quilt one handed, sounds like you have a very thoughtful husband. Hugs
    Gail in Utah

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    Thank you ladies.. all your comments are very thoughtful and kind.. I love this board!

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    Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that! I managed to do the same thing to my left index finger with a box cutter so I know about the pain and the whole "holding your hand over your head for hours on end". I thought the bleeding would never stop and I didn't have anyone at home with me so I couldn't even drive myself to the hospital. Be prepared. You're going to be hurting for a good long while.

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    I use my glove every time now, my friend cut herself very badly and it took over 2 months to heal and was very painful. That was enough to convenience me to get a glove and use it.
    Juliebelle

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    The most important thing I learned when taking my 1st lesson was to always walk your left hand to the top of your ruler. 3x...Your whole body plays a part in safe cutting.Another tip I just learned for myself,keep your foot off pedal when your fingers are near the needle....Sewed through my finger.Had to remove broken needle and pass thread to remove.Throbbing came later after almost passing out..Be careful ladies....
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    Sorry you hurt yourself, hopefully not too bad. Here's my story and WARNING to those considering purchasing a new rotary cutter. I had the kind that closes or opens by itself just from the pressure of cutting on the mat. I'm sure you know the one. Well I wasn't even cutting but cleaning a shelf that had the cutter on it when it fell off the shelf. It hit my shin and you guessed it opened and gave me a 4 inch gash in it. It didn't cut too deeply but painful none the less. I would never, ever purchase a self opening cutter again. Imagine using it on your table with a little one or cat or dog sitting under the table.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimv44 View Post
    Well.. after over a decade of quilting and thinking that I was an extremely careful cutter, the inevitable finally happened..

    Had a family birthday event last night and after being at the babysitter's house til almost midnight, my 6 year old was happily sleeping late this morning so I decided to take advantage of a few extra quiet hours to get ahead on some of my Christmas quilting.

    Got out my fabric and a fresh rotary cutting wheel and [i'll save you all the gory details] BLAMMO!!!... wheel slid up the side of my ruler and right into my left index finger. OUCH!! Typing this tonight is the first time I've had it held lower than my heart all day.. it is extremely painful and I never ever want to do that again!!!

    So my husband, to make lemonade out of lemons, sees this as a great opportunity to buy me a quilting gadget that I don't already have for Christmas this year.. a Klutz glove. I have extremely short fingers so before he buys one and wraps it up for me he would like to know that they'll be useful for me and not simply get in the way. Yes, I know sounds odd to already know what will be under the tree.. but.. times are extremely tight for us this year so we're both making our gifts to each other necessity items like socks and a bathrobe.. and since I already have pajamas, today's incident seems to scream necessity to me so I've asked him for a cut resistant glove.

    Do you all use these? Anyone with really small hands use them and find them useful? I was also thinking of some of those index finger and thumb guards that only cover those two fingers, but they don't look like they'd say on very well..

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    I agree things are tight,I would have something I need ,even if I know what it is.Than something sitting around collecting dust.I am truly sorry you hurt your self.I sure hope it heals fast.thanks for sharing.
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    Seven stitches to the inch on left index finger....'nuff said!
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    I have one of these from Harbour Freight. They suction to your ruler so your hand is above but gives you good control of your ruler. They are on sale for $2.99 right now. http://www.harborfreight.com/catalog...?q=suction+cup. Sorry for your accident. I hope you heal quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post

    Side note, I always sew barefoot but I now cut with shoes on after dropping my rotary cutter on my foot. The blade was closed because I am super careful about that but I could see the potential. I know many won't agree but injuries to my hands don't bother me much because I have so many. My feet are a different story.
    So true!
    I dropped a rotary cutter and it cut the top of my foot open. That hurt for a long time. I always wear shoes that cover my feet in my sewing room. It's a rule all the family knows to not go in my sewing room or DH's shop barefoot. My grands will run put on shoes to go sew with me. LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by kimv44 View Post
    The finger feels a bit better today.. I changed the bandage when I got out of the shower this morning and scared myself at how bad of a cut this is.. I'm getting a glove and a ruler guard for sure.. luckily no stitches needed, but this could have been much worse... not to mention that I get very weak in the knees and had my husband not been within ear shot and could slide a chair under me and open a window for fresh air I probably would have passed out..

    I don't see the Klutz gloves from Fons and Porter in XSmall but the Victorinox seem to come in that size so I'll start with those..

    Thanks ladies!
    I had to laugh at the comment about your husband. I know it is not funny, sorry you got cut. I have worried about that many times. I could judt see you and him sliding the chair under you. It could have as well been me, because that is how I am. It makes me sick to my stomach to get cut very bad. Sorry and hope your finger gets a lot better real soon.
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    Bellaboo read my mind ....i also have the quilters slide lock... It is great ,your hand is up and out of reach of the rotary blade [we trust] .

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    Thank you so much for the information and the link to the Slidelock. It's something I will be investing in.

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    I had the same thing happen to me. I was carefully cutting material and the rotary cutter jumped the ruler and cut my left index finger badly. This happened over 6 months ago and that area is still tender so I was glad to see the different choices that some have mentioned so that I can protect my hand. I probably should have had stitches but didn't - just superglued it together and wrapped it and waited for it to heal.

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    Ouch! Did the same thing thing last spring, though I cut right down to the bone requiring 7 stitches. I am now VERY careful with my rotary cutters!

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    Thank you to everyone for all the information, this board is wonderful - I have been cutting alot of 3" squares and just know my number is coming up - time to invest in gloves or similar gadget (ohh I love gadgets!).
    Quilting makes me happy!..

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    If I were you, I would have knocked on wood when I wrote "I am very careful when I use my rotary cutters." Right after I wrote that I didn't see how anyone could cut herself/himself on a rotary cutter, I did--not once, but twice in the same day.

    I know several wood carvers and they all use gloves. I don't know how the gloves your husband is thinking of fit, but it certainly never hurts to have an extra ounce of prevention. And our family is giving practical this year, also. Merry Christmas. froggyintexas
    Quote Originally Posted by quilttiger View Post
    I don't use those gloves and I am very careful when I use my rotary cutters. Fons and Porter use those gloves on their quilting series, though. Those shows are on PBS and you would need to check your TV listings for the days and times of their shows. Then you can see how they wear and use the gloves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I always use a safety tool when using my rotary cutter. I have them all from the stick on plastic guard to Gypsy Grippers to Rule Steady and the Klutz glove. This is the one I use the most: http://quiltersslidelock.com/ and I have both sizes.

    Many will say it cost too much but what is it worth to not have a bad cut right now?

    I use a cut resistant glove when I go to classes/sewdays. I bought this one: Victorinox Cutlery Performance Shield Cut Resistant Glove, Extra Small at Amazon.



    I learned my lesson when I got my first cut. It scared me thinking how bad it could have been so I now use safety tools and will buy any new ones that come on the market.


    One ER visit cost will buy a lot of fabric!
    I would love to have one of these.

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    I have the Klutz glove and, I'm sorry to say, I don't use it very often. I know I should, but I have small hands and it seems clumsy to me. After reading about yet another rotary cutting accident, I'm going to get it out and use it. I can live with clumsy as long as I have all my fingers.

    You mentioned keeping your hand lower than your heart. I think you are supposed to elevate the injured hand above your heart. When you hold it lower than your heart, all the blood rushes to that part and it throbs. Try elevating your hand and keeping ice on it for 20 minutes and then 20 minutes without ice. Feel better soon.

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    I am so sorry about your accident. Your experience will serve as a reminder to us to be extra careful. About six months ago I was simply moving my cutter from one side of my cutting board to the other and accidentally sliced across the top of my hand. Very shallow cut fortunately, but I have been so super careful ever since. Heal quickly!!!!

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