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#94808 Nov 19, 2012

I'm making a quilt that requires me to cut many, many 11" squares of fabric and also lofty batting. I have a torn rotator cuff and cutting is a bit challenging for me. I really need a recommendation for some kind of cutting tool that will make this job easier for my painful shoulder to bear. And, a wide & long cutting ruler say 12 X 28 or 24, is there anything like that out there, I can't seem to find it if there is?

Thanks for your help. I'm not sure I can face cutting all those squares the same way I always have before



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#94809 Nov 19, 2012

Theresa - just in case you can't find anything suitable ready made - you

could get some acrylic sheet cut to size. I did that years ago for a

special project.

Trish

-from NSW Australia



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#94810 Nov 19, 2012

Great idea, Trish! Where does one find acrylic sheets and a cutter?



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#94813 Nov 19, 2012

This sort of place but you may find a local hardware place has it.

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should be able to get it cut to exact size.

Trish

-from NSW Australia



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#94814 Nov 19, 2012

Theresa

In my area the bay area of San Francisco California USA there is a store "Tap Plastics" they sell and cut the acrylic sheets to size.

I have bought an acrylic scrap piece to use as a small light box. It's not a box doesn't have a light. It's just a piece of thick plastic that I tape my pattern on and then my fabric and then I can trace the pattern on to the fabric. It's very portable and cost next next to nothing. It's the same material our rotary cutting rulers are made from.

Colleen



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#94815 Nov 19, 2012

Hey Colleen,

Thank you, I actually found Tap Plastics right here close by. I will definitely pay them a visit.

Btw, you talked about taping your pattern to the plastic and then the fabric and then trace; do you have light behind the plastic to illuminate the pattern under the fabric? Is that how that works? I'm trying to visualize this - have to be light colored fabric, I'd guess?

MotherT







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#94816 Nov 19, 2012

Thank you, Trish, for the info. I lucked out and found the same company close by that Colleen used to make her special rulers, etc.

MotherT



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#94817 Nov 19, 2012

Great - I saw that!! Good to get one locally!!

Trish

-from NSW Australia



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#94820 Nov 19, 2012

If you need to cut 11" squares, have rotator cuff problems, and if you

have the space and money, I really, really suggest you take a look at

accuquilt studio cutter by accuquilt. I have the sizzix big shot pro,

which is a smaller cutter that cuts up to 12". Currently, sizzix does

not have a die that can cut an 11' square. I do not believe with the

size limitations, that you could get a custom die from sizzix that can

fit into the BSP cutter. You can on the studio, because the studio cuts

up to 15" wide.

The studio has a huge price and footprint and the initial investment is

hefty. The BSP is less expensive, so I would contact the sizzix people

first to see if a custom die for an 11" square is doable first. If

sizzix can help you on that, I would go sizzix because it is cheaper and

has a smaller footprint for space.

Let me tell you, die cutting has vastly improved both my quilting and

enjoyment, as I don't have to put up with long cutting times and getting

inaccurate cuts. It is NOT necessarily faster or easier (but certainly

less wear and tear on the hands). There is fabric preparation that needs

to be done for accurate cuts, and there is a learning curve to doing

things this way. Fortunately, Ebony Love, a wonderful quilter and

advocate for die cutting of fabric, just published a book about die

cutting and is now available on Amazon to buy. I strongly recommend the

book for any newbies to die cutting for quilting. I wish I had her book

when I started.

I hope this helps you.

Pat







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#94821 Nov 19, 2012

Wow, I just got an email from accuquilt that the studio is on sale for

$395 through 11/26 in a black friday sale. This is your opportunity to

get it CHEAP. I haven't seen it that low in eons. Grab it if you can and

if you have the space.

Pat



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#94825 Nov 19, 2012

You probably already have what it takes to make a light box for tracing shapes. Almost everybody has at least one clear glass casserole dish - something like 8 1/2" x 13" or so - maybe Pyrex. You turn it upside down and go find one wimpy little string of Christmas tree tiny lights to go beneath it. Polly



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#94827 Nov 19, 2012

Hi,

I was using rotary cutter before RA, since 2009, my hands and wrists don't let me cut anymore, (RA is rhematoid arthritis), so I bought a rotary fabric cutter machine something like in video in the link below. Mine is bigger and the strips or squares are always bigger or smaller in milimeters with it. I can not hold it straight constantly I guess, and you can not press the fabric as we do with cutting mat and rotary cutter. In this video, the blade is very small, I think it will work better than mine. It is safe to use, I am never afraid of using it, many many layers (perhaps 40 layers at once) of fabric are cut like butter. The blade has very long life, the sharpener is on the machine, beside the knife. I just think to find a small one, or I will going to continue to work on paperpiecing. hope it will give an idea..

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I'm making a quilt that requires me to cut many, many 11" squares of fabric and also lofty batting. I have a torn rotator cuff and cutting is a bit challenging for me. I really need a recommendation for some kind of cutting tool that will make this job easier for my painful shoulder to bear. And, a wide & long cutting ruler say 12 X 28 or 24, is there anything like that out there, I can't seem to find it if there is?

Thanks for your help. I'm not sure I can face cutting all those squares the same way I always have before







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#94829 Nov 19, 2012

I ended up going with this model (Sizzix Big Shot Pro) instead of the

Studio I'd been lusting after for years and love it because of its

versatility. The dies I've been interested in have been substantially

less for the Sizzix version than the Studio dies which has been a nice

surprise as well and I like that they're a smidge longer than the Studio

versions.

I don't think a person would regret buying die cut machines from either

company.

Kari~

They tell you that you'll lose your mind when you grow older. What they

don't tell you is that you won't miss it. - Malcolm Cowley



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#94830 Nov 19, 2012

The Omnigird makes a 12.5 inch square, you can easily position that one for 11 inches square.

Also, possibly the Martelli cutter would help you.

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#94831 Nov 19, 2012

OMG Lightbulbs are popping all over my head. What a great idea but I'm wondering how flat a flat Pyrex dish is as I know it has raised info on size and brand on it. But I have several battery operated Mighty Bright lights that I use when reading at night. And, recently I received a mini Ott Light that I gave to my husband that would work wonderfully and best of all, this idea doesn't take much room in the sewing room as I would store in the kitchen! Thanks for the idea, Bonnie in Virginia

Bonnie Stapleton

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#94833 Nov 19, 2012

First I didn't catch the important phrase "torn rotator cuff." My first

advice is to go see an excellent orthopedist. If you wait to long to get

it fixed, it will get so it cannot be fixed I don't want to be OT for long

so I will just say that after 20 years of pain DH got his fixed and it

changed his life.



OK a tip for using a larger ruler such as 12.5 inches. Take painters tape

and mark the corner and two sides so you don't spend as much time finding

the right lines and making the occasional missjudgement.



Karen in PA



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The Omnigird makes a 12.5 inch square, you can easily position that one for

11 inches square.

Also, possibly the Martelli cutter would help you.

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#94834 Nov 19, 2012

Well. Thank you, Bonnie. My cute curly led flashlight would work lots easier than the string of little Christmas lights. Polly



OMG Lightbulbs are popping all over my head. What a great idea but I'm wondering how flat a flat Pyrex dish is as I know it has raised info on size and brand on it. But I have several battery operated Mighty Bright lights that I use when reading at night. And, recently I received a mini Ott Light that I gave to my husband that would work wonderfully and best of all, this idea doesn't take much room in the sewing room as I would store in the kitchen! Thanks for the idea, Bonnie in Virginia

Bonnie Stapleton



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#94836 Nov 19, 2012

I was in a similar situation a few years back. I taught my dear husband how to use a rotary cutter. He patiently cut what I needed.> I'm making a quilt that requires me to cut many, many 11" squares of fabric and also lofty batting. I have a torn rotator cuff and cutting is a bit challenging for me



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#94838 Nov 19, 2012

Does somebody live close enough to Theresa to offer to help with the cutting? I could do it between Christmas and New Year if Theresa lives in the UK. I feel that this is the sort of thing where we can help eachother.

Lorchen



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#94841 Nov 19, 2012

I had a rotator cuff repair, and I have a Studio. I think that while I had the tear, and for a long time after, during therapy which lasted months, I would not have been able to handle the weight of a large die, and all the prep work needed. They are heavy. Yes, cutting is easier once the machine is loaded, but I can't imagine even turning the handle with your injury.

I hope you get your shoulder repaired, and then get a Studio. Good luck!

Email me privately if you have more questions.

Susan



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#94842 Nov 19, 2012

Susan - your direct experience with this type of injury and your

experience with the studio is invaluable. I apologize if I had posted

inappropriate advice for a shoulder injury.

Pat







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#94846 Nov 20, 2012

I had acyrillic sheet vcut at a window place. I did finger shopping to find someone

Sent from my iPadDoreen



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#94848 Nov 20, 2012

I had considered buying an Accuquilt, since I have arthritis and pressing down to cut is difficult. Then I lucked out when this nice couple was selling their Quilter's Slide Lock at one of our local quilt shows in Western Washington. I bought both their 24" and 14" slide locks on the spot! If you go to their website, where Sharon Williams - a quilter just like us - demonstrates how to use it. You can also buy from them online.

Buying both sizes is a LOT cheaper than the the other options I've read here and you can use the rulers you have on hand. I may use my square rulers for squaring, but it is the Quilter's Slide Lock that does all the heavy work. Easy on the shoulders, too, because it doesn't require a lot of pressure to keep it in place. The bonus is the 1/4" acrylic, keeping your rotary cutter from bouncing off the ruler resulting in a miscut or dulling the blade.

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I do not know the people who developed this product, I am just a VERY satisfied customer. When I showed some of my sewing friends at a group class how it worked, they all asked for the website and bought the slide locks



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#94852 Nov 20, 2012

Thank you so much for posting. While I have a big shot pro, I still see

tremendous potential for this product, especially when it comes to

trimming/squaring the quilt for getting it ready for binding, and for

squaring off those HST blocks. It is a hidden gem.

I can't purchase just yet, as Ms. Sandy has made many expenses for my

family, but when I can, this is at the top of my list.

Pat



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#94856 Nov 20, 2012

He's a keeper!! You are blessed ;-)

Mandy

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#94857 Nov 20, 2012

Another option is if a local quilt shop has an accuquilt studio you can use

or rent.....I live in a very small town and I know at least two people in

the area have them. You would have to check to see if they had the right

die, but most of the people I know would be willing to help. Or they might

charge a small price, but it beats dealing with the pain. Good luck

Peggy in Utah

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#94867 Nov 20, 2012

I just added both these rulers to my Christmas list! Thanks for the info on

this; I'm hoping it helps with some arthritis I have in my thumb that makes

gripping difficult.

Rita



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#94872 Nov 21, 2012

Great ideas, the problem is, pressing on a ruler or a rotary cutter will aggravate the injury!

Susan



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#94879 Nov 21, 2012

I realize that I wasn't being clear in my advice. I was trying to say get

to a doc and get the injury fixed before it gets unfixable. My dh doc

wasn't sure he could repair the tears of three muscles in the cuff because

one of them was a complete tear. That was from waiting too long.



Then, in response to someone else's suggestion to use a 12.5 ruler, it can

be marked. But ,my first advice is to turn off the machine and get the

shoulder fixed.



Karen in PA



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Great ideas, the problem is, pressing on a ruler or a rotary cutter will

aggravate the injury!

Susan

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#94882 Nov 21, 2012

A while back someone recommended putting small squares of the top layer on

a skateboard on to the back of the rulers. It only takes a small amount of

pressure to keep the ruler from slipping.

Also, the Martelli ergonomic rotary cutters, with a sharp blade, only

require a minimum of effort.

I purchased mine from a local skateboard shop -- it is the size of a

skateboard, and priced at $5.

HTH

--

Peaceful Stitches,

Mary Aslanis

Home of the Free, Because of the Brave

*"Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them."

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#94895 Nov 22, 2012

Sounds like you need to get torn cuff repaired and healed. In the meantime, the suggestion to get someone else to cut is great, if you have someone to help you.

Can you re-scale your project to use 10" squares? There seems to be a variety of pre-cut 10" squares available.

Can you learn to cut with your other hand?

Could you mark the squares, I would use a 12 or 12.5" square ruler, and cut with scissors?

Or postpone the 11" square project and work on something that does not hurt or cause more damage to your injury?

I hope that your healing is soon and complete.

Diane



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#94954 Nov 24, 2012

My local glass repair shop has made me special templates out of acrylic

at a very reasonable price. The owner's wife is a quilter so they know

how to make exact measurements. you can also mark on them with a marker


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