Rotary Cutters – Holding and Safety

I have been meaning to make this video for a long time. What prompted me to finally finish it was seeing two instances, in the past week, where quilters were holding their rotary cutters in a way that actually makes it harder to cut, and watching one quilter cut toward herself – which made my heart skip a beat!

It’s not a gorgeous video, but it does address how to hold a “stick” cutter and some safety issues. One more tip: use caution where you place your other hand while cutting – never place it in front of the blade to hold a ruler. My friend Joan tells me that she uses a meat cutter’s glove on her left hand (I’ve seen them also with fishing gear, called a “Fillet Glove”) and that’s probably a good idea also.

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  1. Annie says:

    Thank you for your post. I do appreciate your words of wisdom. Btw I am finding that I can store my various rotary cutters in Crytal Light drink mix containers (the size that makes 12 quarts from individual packets). I just remove the packaging lable so I can see which cutter is inside. Great for transporting my cutters to class too.

  2. Margaret says:

    You think of everything!!