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#138160 September 9th, 2006 at 03:48 AM
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OK - just a warning to be careful when using a rotary cutter. ALSO - warning to the quesy-stomached before reading on.

My beloved niece was working on a project using her rotary cutter. She's 30 and an experienced quilter, but unfortunately her fingers got in the way when cutting through some fabric recently. Ugh. She ended up losing part of both her index finger and thumb. The Dr. in ER was able to reattach her finger tip, but not thumb.

Does anyone know of a manufacturer who makes shields for quilting rulers? I found a product that you can stick on yourself:
http://softexpressions.com/software/notions/SafetyShlds.php

but I'm not sure how well it would hold up. Seems like they could just mould a piece on the edge so it doesn't get in the way but yet protect your hands. This wasn't a minor nick.

#138161 September 9th, 2006 at 05:28 AM
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Holy Koogamooga!!! shk
I started to buy one of those rotary cutters the other day to cut magnetic sheeting with!

I'm glad I didn't buy it...I doubt if I would be typing this right now if I had!

#138162 September 9th, 2006 at 08:46 AM
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Cindy You do not need to have a rotary cutter, teech We all know how dangerous you are with scissors. I have a large and a small rotary cutter, and they are very dangerous, I have nicked myself a few times, a shield would be a good idea. They are so sharp, you don't even know you are cut until it is too late. The smaller one seems to be more dangerous for me then the larger one.

#138163 September 9th, 2006 at 08:59 AM
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Oh Sandy, that sounds like such a painful injury. Like Comfrey, I have nicked myself with those and it hurts so bad. I cannot even imagine what your poor niece is going through. Prayers for a speedy recovery for her.

#138164 September 9th, 2006 at 11:07 AM
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OK...I'm buying one of these tomorrow.
This sounds like something I need to cut magnetic sheeting with.
I just have to try this thing for myself.

Please remember me in your prayers.

#138165 September 9th, 2006 at 12:49 PM
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I cut off 1 inch of my right middle finger 19 years ago but not with a rotary fabric cutter. I did mine on a woodworking machine called, ironically, a, "Hand Joiner". In my case, it was a, "Hand DIS-joiner". laugh

#138166 September 9th, 2006 at 06:19 PM
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Cindy i suggest you wear chainmail gloves while using a cutter.

#138167 September 11th, 2006 at 05:39 PM
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Yeah - I thought Cindy wasn't supposed to run with scissors!

Seriously - anybody know of any rulers with a guard along the edge?

#138168 September 25th, 2006 at 02:08 AM
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you guys are scaring me! PUT THE ROTARY CUTTER DOWN CINDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! laugh On a serious note, Everyone please be careful, with a rotary cutter!

#138169 September 30th, 2006 at 01:27 AM
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Cindy, did you buy one yet?? I saw where you switched from your hand in a purple gloves to one blown up... shk Is Lola having to type for you??

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#138170 October 1st, 2006 at 10:05 PM
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i work at an art college, and our most common injury to students is xacto knife cuts. the rotary cutters do just as much damage.

and, with all sharp blades PLEASE remember to properly store them. we had a kid this summer who just dropped the xacto knive in their back pack (with the lid on it) but because it wasn't secure the lid came off and when the kid sat on the back pack, on the shuttle to class. well, they went to the er to have the cut glued/stitched. in the fleshy part of the cheek, fortunately.


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