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

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    So I guess those rotary blades ARE sharp afterall!!

    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..

    Thoughts?
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    Kim

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    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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    I've never used a glove but probably should. It doesn't seem all that difficult to cut yourself. I've nicked rulers badly so I could've gone up and over the finger.

    Let's just hope that tomorrow your throb level is down to tolerable.

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    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.


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    If it was me I'd try it first. If it's good...I'd start using it right away.
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    Tell your husband to visit a poundstretcher or similar. The handles for disabled access, or visit a car shop. Forgot name.
    Both of these have big rubber stoppers on the handle one from car shop I was told pulls out dents. Cheaper than quilt shops.
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    Don't have the gloves, but I did the same thing with the rotary cutter two days ago. Iv' also run over my finger with the sewing machine needle more than once.

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    Ouch! Just reading this thread makes me cringe. I've not hurt myself like this, but I am something of a clutz, so it could happen sooner or later!

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    I wear the Klutz glove every time I use the rotary cutter. After reading too many posts about people cutting themselves I decided to try the glove. Love it.

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    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.

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    I don't use the glove, but I do have short fingers like you do, so I sure understand what you are asking. Do the gloves come in different sizes? I would think that there would be some that fit if that is the case. I will be reading this thread to see if any short fingered person answers, saying that she has a glove that fits.

    Take care of your finger!

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    My ring size is 5 and the extra small size fits great.
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    Don't forget a tetanus shot. Adults are supposed to have one every 10 years.

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    Sorry about your boo boo

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    I feel for you. Yesterday I was trying to move a bag with Accuquilt dies in it, and I don't know how in the world I did it, but something cut right into my hand. Fortunately, the nurse who lives next door was able to tape it up, but I'm going to the doctor's today for possible stitches and a tetanus shot.

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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!
    Ooooh that slide lock looks awesome!.. I'll check that out for sure....

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    Oh.. hmm thanks for the reminder 'quiltngolfer'.. I can't remember when the last time was that I had a tetanus shot.. I might just call my primary care dr to ask just in case... :|

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    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!

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    When I ask my Dr if I need a tetanus shot, he always says if you ask then you probably do. LOL
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    So sorry about your accident. I think for me, too, it's just a matter of time. I will use all of your experiences as lessons to learn from. Please take care of your finger.

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    I cut about 1/4 inch of the end of my thumb off and had to go to the emergency room. It was painful and the next day I found a place to order a Klutz glove. I now wear it any time I am using my rotary cutter. I can't afford another trip to the ER.

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    Just the other day, I took off a very thin sliver of the top of my pointer finger with the blade. Thank goodness it wasn't worse. Maybe I. Should look into the glove? Nah, I like to live dangerously!
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    I bought some Kevlar gloves at Menards for about $5 or 6 last year. They work the same and you get a whole pair for much less money and they come in various sizes. For those of you who don't have a Menards, you can probably find them at Home Depot or other similar store.

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    Knock on wood....so far I have never cut myself or run through my finger with a sewing machine needle. HOWEVER, I sure have stuck myself lots of times with pins in my fabrics. I have also ruined a ruler or two with big nicks in them so maybe I had better not count on my good fortune so far and get a pair of Klutz gloves!!!!
    Families are like old quilts....although they tend to unravel at times...each can be stitched back together with love.

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    I swear by the those gloves hey it saves a lot of pain

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