Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tales from the Cutting Room Floor

All right...we've all been warned multiple times to keep the rotary cutter blade guard on every time you finish a cut.  But what about other cutting dangers?   Recently I took my rotary cutter out of it's drawer and apparently the screw wasn't on tight.  I pulled it out of the drawer with such a flourish that the blade went zinging across the studio, along with all the other tiny pieces.  Scary!  Lucky thing I was alone.

Here's what I was working on, some Melon Ball blocks for my bedroom curtains.

And here's another rotary cutting danger you probably never thought about.  A couple of weeks ago when I was at my Monday night quilting group, the Quarter Seamers, the woman next to me was cutting some fabric when she just barely knicked the cord to the iron with her blade.  "Pop!"  went the iron!  Sparks flew at me in an electrifying way!  The handle of her rotary cutter turned black and the blade had a neat little hole in it.  The iron, of course, went kaput.  Luckily no one was hurt.

Here's some more sewing patterns I added to the Vintage Sewing Patterns section of the shop yesterday.  Here's a sexy lingerie pattern.  Oh la la!

Here's a pattern to make a variety of clothing for your Cabbage Patch Kids doll.  Do you still have one of these collectible dolls from the 1980's?  If so, isn't it time to sew them some new clothes?

And, if you're ready to give your living room a makeover, here's a great designer pattern to make some fair, new slipcovers, a couple of table toppers, and a folding room divider screen.

Now, let's sum up the rotary cutter safety rules.
1.  Always close the blade after every cut.
2.  Make sure the screw on your cutter is tight before putting it away.
3.  Never cut with a power cord on your table.

Let me know if you have anything to add to this list.  I love safety!  Also, here's your reminder to clean the lint out of your sewing machine.  Go do it...do it now...before it gets clogged up!

Until next time...please visit the Curlicue Creations Shop...and have a super day!



  1. Holy cow, that's way too much excitement in the sewing room! Don't we go there to relax?

  2. i have heard of many people listening to their ipods etc while cutting and cutting the earphones cords

  3. Bev won't let me work on any table or counter top that could be damaged with a rotary cutter. She says I'm just o careless!

  4. Quite a scare with the cutter. Always, always close my blade because of my cats. Never even considered a blade flying across the room. I'll will be mindful of the screw holding the blade where it is suppose to be in the future. I remember the Cabbage Patch Doll craze. Retailers couldn't keep them on their shelves as I remember. Wonderful day to you! Sandi