Pain from rotary cutters?

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.=20
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?
Reply to
IMS
Pain from rotary cutters? Group: rec.crafts.textiles.quilting Date: Tue, Jul 15, 2003, 11:33pm (EDT+4) From: snipped-for-privacy@twcny.rr.com (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
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Jennifer Hepworth
I drive my Fiskars with my thumb on top. I don't know why but just guess it is comfortable to me that way. There are several rotary cutters here but the Fiskars is always the one I come back to. Perhaps you should try other holds and other rotarys until you find one that makes your hand happy. Polly
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Polly Esther
I'm definitely handling the cutter incorrectly, then. Thanks for the clear explanation. And thanks for the helpful links, too!
On Tue, 15 Jul 2003 20:10:07 -0400 (EDT), snipped-for-privacy@interactive.rogers.com
Reply to
IMS
Howdy! Your finger does not belong on top of the cutter. See this demo:
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not-Fiskars:
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Let the blade do the work, not your hand or finger; don't push down so hard on the cutter.
Better luck, IMS. Ragmop/Sandy
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?
Reply to
Ellison
Oh boy, no wonder my knuckle hurts. I'm doing it WAY wrong! =20 Thanks for posting the links, Ellison. =20
I'll do the three days rest as another member suggested, and then give it a go doing it correctly.
Reply to
IMS
Oh my! I have the same problem only on my left index finger. It hurts when I press on that knuckle. I have the yellow Olfa cutter. I will do the rest thing and change the blade. Glad to know I did not imagine it.
Reply to
Nana2B
I have a truly ergonomic rotary cutter.
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(NAYY) 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.
NAYY
Melissa in NJ
> Pain from rotary cutters? > > Group: rec.crafts.textiles.quilting Date: Tue, Jul 15, 2003, 11:33pm > (EDT+4) From: snipped-for-privacy@twcny.rr.com (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 > >
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MelissaInNJ
Melissa, thanks for this link. I like the look of this cutter - it looks like it would feel nice to use. And the price is reasonable, too.
On 16 Jul 2003 07:06:12 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (MelissaInNJ) wrote:
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IMS
Change your blade OFTEN -- it can really save the muscles and joint pain. It is truly amazing the amount of pressure that we unconciously use when the blade isn't sharp -- I learned the hard way -- now I get my blades in bulk -- no more pain
Mim
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?
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Miriam "Mim" Spencer
Do you have trouble with the screw falling out of that rotary cutter? I have had two of them and the screw constantly falls out. I bought the first one and it always fell out so I bought the second one and it does it to. Also, do they make those rotary cutters with the 60 mm blade yet. I prefer that size blade over the standard 45 mm blade.
Megan
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Megan Vest
I don't know that the way you hold it is necessarily causing the pain. I think the type of cutter you use has a lot to do with it. I do A LOT of cutting every month (900 block of the month kits, on top of the quilts I make in my spare time) and I am one of those that holds my finger on top. I can definitely tell the difference in the way my wrist feels according to what rotary cutter I use to cut. Megan
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Megan Vest
Bulk blades are the way to go without a doubt. They are a lot cheaper, and then if you always have a lot on hand, you don't keep using a dull blade because you don't have any more on hand. Bulk blades and purchased pre-wound bobbins....two necessities in every quilters life!! Megan
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Megan Vest
Your LQS can order them for you. One blade is about 1/3 of the price of the ones most shops carry. Megan
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Megan Vest

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