Eliminate Dangerous Bad Habits!
Are you using your rotary cutter safely? Like any other dangerous tool, it’s easy to become complacent over time and cut corners.
Rotary cutters are very sharp and require ongoing vigilance. This would be a good time to take stock and determine if potentially dangerous habits have snuck into your cutting methods.
How not to use a rotary cutter.
Christine Haynes has written an excellent article that outlines 13 things to review. You’re probably aware of most of them but it won’t hurt to take a quick look – and it might save you from a painful injury.
One point we’d like to add is that we’ve seen numerous videos where the demonstrator is reaching around the arm holding the ruler to make a cut. Repositioning the fabric and ruler every time, so you’re always pushing the blade straight away from you, is one place where we’re often tempted to cut corners. If you find yourself doing that you may want to get a rotating cutting mat so that you can easily orient everything properly for every cut.
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