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Safety Tips for Rotary Cutters

Safety Precautions for Rotary Cutters

Rotary Cutter

by Nikki Willhite

 

Quilters both need and love their tools.  Rotary cutters are one of the most basic tools used for quilting.  It is with the help, efficiency and accuracy of rotary cutters that fabric is cut for piecing, which must be precise.

 

Rotary cutters come in all sizes and shapes. However, the one thing they have in common is that they are sharp and if not used carefully can result in injury.  When you are not using your rotary cutter, you MUST LOCK it closed.  This will keep it from hurting both you and other people.

 

If you walk away from a cutting table and leave an unlocked rotary cutter laying on the board, you are putting anyone in your home at risk of serious injury.

 

You can even hurt yourself with the unlocked blade.  Many a quilter has been caught unaware of the open blade.  If you drop an unlocked rotary cutter, and it touches you, it can slice open your skin.

 

In addition to always locking your rotary cutter after EACH cut, you can reduce the risk of injury by wearing a safety glove on the hand that holds the ruler in place.  Wearing shoes protects your feet should you drop it.

 

Always store your rotary cutter up high and out of the sight of children.  Most rotary cutters are bright yellow, and little children love to play with buttons.  It won't take them long to expose the blade, which is as dangerous as giving them a sharp knife. 

 

One last tip which should be obvious is to never cut toward you.  It can be tempting to take shortcuts, but it is not worth the risk.

 

The rotary cutter makes cutting fabric so much faster and easier than the scissors used by our ancestors.  Be thankful.... but be careful.

 

About the Author: Nikki Willhite, mother of 3 and an interior design graduate, has been writing and publishing articles on the topic of frugal living for over a decade. Visit her at www.frugalhappyfamilies.com - where you will find hundreds of frugal living tips and articles. Frugal Happy Families- more than just money! 

 

 

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