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

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    Been there, done that! Nearly took the end off my middle finger. Of course it was on a Saturday so a trip to ER was necessary. Dr did a fantastic job and sewed the cut nail down too so it wouldn't leave a ridge. 5 stitches later I was on my way home! Other than being numb you can't see where it was cut. Dr was so impressed, she said it was a very neat, clean cut! Was squaring up 6.5 inch squares and finger hung over the edge! Learned another lesson that day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by margee View Post
    When first quilting the lady at the LQS told me that the rotary cutter blad was "Go to the hospital sharp" I try to make sure that the guard is on when I set it down. Also, I bend back my index finger a bit and check placement before i start cutting. I have nicked the ruler a few times. And oh yes, I have sewn thru my finger at least twice with the sewing machine needle. And just recently I was using the walking foot and got my thumb too close and slice off part of tip of my thumb. Now that hurt. Don't think I have ever moved so fast. Scared my cat and dog too.

    I shouldn't say this but the last part of your post made me laugh! I pictured in my mind you jumping out of your chair and the poor cat and dog fleeing the scene!
    Thank You Lord for answering my prayers, in this I am truely blessed!

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    I had a young sewing student last year whom I warned about using a rotary cutter: "this is the most dangerous tool you'll ever use sewing. You can permanently injure yourself with this....". I then demonstrated the proper use of the rotary cutter: "Make sure your hand is on your ruler like this....look carefully again before you start cutting....always cut only away from yourself...". I hovered right next to him as he made a few careful and successful cuts, and then from about three feet away I watched him position his hand so the cutter was going to run right over his thumb for sure. Luckily I was able to make a grab of his ruler hand just in time. We stuck to scissors after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaryLane View Post
    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.
    I go barefoot too. I think there is better control of the foot petal if you do.

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    I did the exact same thing ab out a month ago, my index finger is still numb-i THINK I should have gotten stitches. But never heard of the glove-might need to check into that one

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    I cut the side of my thumb once, so bad I had to go to the emergency room for stitches. I was using one of the older slide the guard up Olfa cutters. I now use the curved version that automatically retracts.

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    You can buy finger guards for your rulers here:-

    http://www.guidelines4quilting.com/P...Catalogue.html

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    My sister and I friend of mine cut their left forefingers almost identically 2 weeks apart... I'm not going to say it hasn't happened to me yet cause I don't want to jinx myself!!!

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    I have the oven glove and often wondered if that would work. You use it instead of pot holder. They only cost $5.
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    ask for the accuquilt Go instead. More expensive but safer
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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!
    Kim,

    I hope your finger is less painful today. I am absolutely paranoid about getting a cut on my left hand or fingers. I have really bad lymphedema in my left arm and hand and it takes a long time for any type of cut to heal. I'm very susceptible to infection so am very careful, but as you and others have pointed out, it's just too easy to have the rotary cutter slip. I've tried to find a glove to fit, but due to my arm and hand being horribly swollen and my fingers being short, it's been impossible so far. I'm still looking, but the fingers on all the extra large gloves are too long, which makes them clumsy to wear. Of course, any glove that has fingers that fit mine is impossible to get over my swollen hand. I may have to give up and learn to deal with the long fingers. Frustrating! Anyway, I hope you heal quickly.

    BellaBoo,

    Thanks for posting about the Quilters' SlideLock. I checked it out and that may be the answer for me. My son just asked what I want for Christmas, so I'm going to text him the site. If he doesn't want to get one or both for me, well, I'll just order them myself. Seems like a much better idea than dealing with a cut on a finger or hand that won't heal. Gosh, who ever thought quilting could be so dangerous!

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    When I cut the end of my finger off (just a tiny slice) I was trying to teach an almost deaf woman to sew. I think she heard me yell. Dr. wasn't in yet, had to call the cop who is also EMT. He said I was lucky. Didn't cut enough off to matter and too small to sew back on.

    It was years ago and I still have a funny pointed finger.

    Saleslady told me about a one inch tall plastic fence you can set on any ruler. It is stuck where you put it. But it has saved me.

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    Yes, you put the glove on the hand that is not holding the cutter.

    Quote Originally Posted by sewingsuz View Post
    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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    Been there Done that just this week. 8 stitches . I don't know about the gloves but thought about trying them after this incident. Accidents happen no matter how careful you are. LOL

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    I have learned to keep them in the safety position every time I lay them down.Because once I brushed my finger against the blade,and they cut very easy.I have gloves and it would be good to wear them too.

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    The quilter slide lock looks good but I found a cheaper solution in my local discount store really cheap, I got one of these http://www.creativegrids.com/acatalog/info_1_N0442.html for only 2.99/$5 only they called it a shower handle

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    Yep! I do love my Go! I don't think the Baby Go will cut strips will it?
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