I have a truly ergonomic rotary cutter.
I got it at a quilt show, but LQS's are starting to carry it too. I
love it and will never go back to a "regular" one. They have left
handed and right handed. The way it works is that the pressure of your
whole hand presses on it, not just a couple of fingers and joints. It
really is a joy to use.
Melissa in NJ
> Pain from rotary cutters?
> Group: rec.crafts.textiles.quilting Date: Tue, Jul 15, 2003, 11:33pm
> (EDT+4) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (IMS)
> I started getting terrible joint pain in the top knuckle of my index
> finder on right hand...this is exactly the finder that I use to hold
> down my rotary cutter. I'm wondering if the pain is connected to the way
> I use the cutter.
> Does anyone know of a site that shows how to position these things
> properly? Or can someone explain it? I have one of the FISKARS cutters.
> Are there any brands considered more ergonomic than others? -------
> If you go to Fiskars.com and follow the headings to sewing/quilting,
> there is a detailed description and photo of the rotary cutter in use,
> as well as tips, etc.
> Your index finger should not be uppermost while using this particular
> cutter - all your fingers should be through the opening of the handle.
> Once the blade is locked in the cutting position, it should not be
> necessary to have a digit (Finger or thumb) extended to hold the blade
> down in the cutting position.
> Jennifer in Ottawa