Slice & Dice…

by Kate on August 13, 2010

Let this be a warning to you all….never rush the cutting of fabric.

I had a minor disagreement with Mr Rotary cutter yesterday (think plastic surgeon, skin graft and a four week recovery) but am very grateful the digit is still there, even if it is going to be lop-sided.

And here I was thinking that quilting was a ‘safe’ hobby!

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1 Kate August 13, 2010 at 10:16 am

Oh my god, that is the most impressive rotary cutter accident I have ever seen, hoping it heals soon.

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2 PiecefulChaos August 13, 2010 at 10:29 am

Ouch! Hope you are all healed soon! I think we can all put ourselves in your shoes.

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3 Hollie August 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

Oh no! How awful! Here's to a speedy recovery!

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4 sean the prawn August 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

Glad it is not any worse… Sounds like a nasty one.
Rest up & heal fast.

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5 Mary on Lake Pulaski August 13, 2010 at 10:33 am

OMG – sorry you had to be the lesson for the rest of us.

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6 Heather August 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

OOOOooooh NO Kate!!! i'm sooOOoo sorry!! dang cutter!!! ;P

xo

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7 Dan Rouse August 13, 2010 at 10:38 am

Oh no!

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8 Dan Rouse August 13, 2010 at 10:39 am

Oh no!

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9 Mel August 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

Trust you to turn it into an extreme sport Kate ;) Crap that looks so so bad! And I'm guessing you're right handed?

Nice scarf though …

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10 beth lehman August 13, 2010 at 10:40 am

Holy cow – I am cleaning up my mess now – I am more careful when things are organized and I'm not rushing. I am so sorry – no sewing for 4 weeks??

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11 Kelly August 13, 2010 at 10:42 am

Holy Dooley you really did a good one! Hope it heals fast and doesn't hurt too much.

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12 Bianca Jae Makes Stuff August 13, 2010 at 10:46 am

Ouch! Man Kate! What a pain for you. Hope you have a speedy recovery xox

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13 1/4 of an inch August 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

Oh Kate…I reckon we solve this issue by organising a fabric shopping trip…if you can't cut it at least you can stash it…what do you reckon? xt

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14 Amber August 13, 2010 at 10:51 am

oh my goodness – makes me want to avoid my cutting table. Glad it will heal! Take care!!

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15 Leanne August 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

I did the exact same thing 5 weeks ago – (http://quiltsabit.blogspot.com/2010/07/franken-finger-friday.html)

I looked the exact same as you – with skin graft, plastic surgeon and everything. I can tell you that 5 weeks later, all is well – a little thinner on top but nothing major and can finally type using my index finger.

I am sending you lots and lots of healing positive thoughts. I know EXACTLY what you are going through but all will be well ( I was so glad to have a finger too!)

L xo

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16 courtney.janelle.sews August 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

yeeeeesh, at least it's the left hand right?! (guessing this is photobooth-reversed) SO sorry for your accident, but glad it isn't lost forever!

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17 bulabean August 13, 2010 at 11:00 am

OMG! Did you almost cut your finger off? I can't even imagine :( Hope it heals well!!

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18 shannon August 13, 2010 at 11:04 am

which is why I dont rotary cut. my man digits get in the way of everything….

spewin' it wasnt the middle finger.

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19 PioneerValleyGirl August 13, 2010 at 11:11 am

Oh no! Heal soon!

And, no, not a safe hobby. I've needed stitches only twice in my life — once from a rotary cutter to the index finger, once from cutting ribbon (of all things) a little to recklessly.

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20 CurlyPops August 13, 2010 at 11:13 am

Oh my goodness, that's definitely the worst sewing injury I ever did see. How will you cope for 4 whole weeks???

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21 Isabella Morais August 13, 2010 at 11:16 am

OMG! hope u get better very soon 'cause your work is gorgeous!

Nothing is safe nowadays…

Kisses.

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22 Amanda August 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

omg, this is always my fear!

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23 Jodie August 13, 2010 at 11:40 am

Oops….Ummm….. Hell ! best wishes for a speedy recovery…

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24 Anna August 13, 2010 at 11:42 am

oh wow, I'm glad you'll recover well. That just stinks! Another reason I need to buy one of the suction cup handle thingys for my ruler!

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25 Nicki Lundeen August 13, 2010 at 11:46 am

Oh my!!!!! Sounds bad. Glad it wasn't worse. I remember my mom sewing over her finger once…she made me raise the needle out of it. It went right through her fingernail…..Makes me cringe just thinking of it. Heres to a speedy recovery!!!!

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26 Tania August 13, 2010 at 11:52 am

I'VE COME OVER ALL WHITE AND FAINTY. All I can think is the dangle of a two year old near finger amputation and the Mr's impressive thumb altercation with a circular saw. Shall be making fists for the rest of the day thanks to you.

SO GLAD IT'S STILL INTACT.

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27 Nikki August 13, 2010 at 11:59 am

If it's any consolation, I have a very lop-sided left index finger. It's had very nasty run-ins with a stanley knife, an industrial(electric) rotary cutter, a stay-sharp knife, and even a vegetable peeler (when I was a kid….. and it's actually the most impressive scar!). My family have a joke about me and my much-slinged left index finger…. and I have very few nerve endings left in the poor thing.

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28 Sarah - Red Gingham August 13, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Oh how awful!! Those things scare me but I do use one. Do you have one of those handles on your ruler? It looks safer that way. Hope it doesn't hurt too much.

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29 Leslie August 13, 2010 at 12:09 pm

oh goodness that is bad…i hope that you are feeling ok

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30 the Campfollower August 13, 2010 at 12:10 pm

Oh poor thing! I have tired to cut off my finger tip several times with my rotary cutter. Once right in front of my mother in law. I sure hope you heal well…it is an impressive battle injury.

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31 Jo (sparkly green knickers) August 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I heard about that at Perle 8's last night….OUCH!!

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32 kirsten August 13, 2010 at 12:54 pm

and i think the recovery involves lots of chocolate and good dvds (not much else any of us can do in this weather anyway).
hope it heals quickly and without further incident!
xx

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33 Kaye Prince August 13, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Oh no Kate! I've nicked myself a few times, but nothing like that!

Come to Canada – we have the best hand surgeon in North America ;) He's the one who fixed my Mum's finger when she accidentally cut it almost all the way off…long story…

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34 wishes, true and kind August 13, 2010 at 1:12 pm

First Quilts a Bit and now you! My index fingers curl up every time I think about it! OUCH!

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35 Heather Crowe August 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Oh my goodness! That is a crazy rotary cutter accident. Who knew you could do that much damage with a rotary cutter?

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36 Suzy August 13, 2010 at 1:38 pm

OUCH. Get will soon.

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37 Di August 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Ouch!!! I hope the recovery process isn't too long and frustrating.

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38 Megan August 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm

EEEEG! I severed the tedon in my thumb years ago and it rendered me useless at my job and around the house for weeks. Take it from me, use this as a break from duty and enjoy! I also took up running at that time to keep from getting too fat:) Heal up soon cause we need to see your quilts!

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39 Susan L (lily40au) August 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm

I heard about your mishap last night … is there such a thing as a safe hobby? I don't know. Get well soon.

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40 Nova August 13, 2010 at 2:29 pm

owie.
take care, heal soon
xxx

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41 Julie @ Jaybird Quilts August 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

omg
{and everything everyone else said!}

i'm always had a fear of this… so sorry it happened to you!! get well soon!

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42 m.e (Cathie) August 13, 2010 at 2:57 pm

oh my!!! I thought the kitchen was a dangerous place.
does that mean you don't have to do the dishes for a while..see think positive!
get better little finger.

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43 Sara August 13, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Oh my gosh Kate, this post sent shivers down my spine! 2 years ago when my little girl was about 6 months old, I hacked off about 60% off my left index finger tip when I accidentally pressed the "on" button on my immersion hand blender while my finger was inside it, trying to dislodge some beans because my daughter who was on the floor had rolled backwards and I reacted by pressing that button (she had just started to sit up). Believe it or not, that finger was already lopsided and needed 15 stitches on the side because I had managed to slam my finger onto an opened up can edge when I was banging garlic with the side of a knife (yes, this was in the frenzy of cooking when my son was about a year old). Anyway, it was a very traumatic experience for me and I FREAKED when my hand surgeon took out a brush to scrub away all the flesh that just wouldn't heal because the stitches that the emergency surgeon put in place was useless as there was basically nothing inside to hold anything together…sorry for to be graphic! I remember thinking I could never craft again as I found any pressure on my finger excruciating and it took about 3 months to completely heal up. I have lost feeling in most of the areas in that finger and I use my middle finger instead of it but I am so glad I am able to sew, knit, etc. Although I bought a ukulele the other week to play with my son and I was thinking how stupid of me, I can't play it because it hurts like heck to press down on the strings.
I use to be cuts and burns all the time when in the kitchen as I usually doing so many things at once but after this, I am so super careful, and I always take a deep breath before using the rotary cutter. I wish you a speedy recovery, I hope you heal quickly so you can get back to what you love doing!

P.s. Yep, I still use that blender. Crazy huh?

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44 Christina August 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm

ooooh! Not good. Hope your finger is feeling better soon. Bin that cutter, must be faulty!

:)

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45 Meg August 13, 2010 at 3:20 pm

You are the third person I have heard of doing this recently! I am so sorry! I hope it heals quickly!

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46 RED PEPPER QUILTS August 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Scary scary stuff! Sending you lots of healing vibes – some extra rest and time out might be in order.

Rita
x

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47 Evelyn Jackson August 13, 2010 at 4:29 pm

You're a goose! I hope you're ok. Ed called to tell me the news, but I'd already read it. :(

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48 Blueberry Park August 13, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Oh no, Kate, poor you! You look like I did a couple of months ago with my run in with Mr Rotary cutter. I did however avoid the skin graft, but none-the-less it healed unbelievably quickly and I was back using the afore-mentioned just as soon as I could. Here's to a speedy recovery xxx

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49 Lorraine August 13, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Ouchy !!
Fingers throb :-0
I hope you are well stocked up with some pain killers.
heal up soon xxx

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50 our shabby cottage August 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm

OMG! I saw the pic on Nikki's (you sew girl) blog and had to see what happened to you. You poor thing, thank goodness you still have it! I hope it stops throbbing and gets better soon….

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51 Cass August 13, 2010 at 6:25 pm

OMG Kate you definitely did some damage. Hope it is on the mend soon

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52 Posie Patchwork August 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Oh no!! I wasn't watching when i snipped a thread once, after doing it 1000 times in a row with tiny sharp scissors & OH boy, did my finger tip bleed, throb, make my stomach sink . . . yes, i was hurrying too, i thought "just one more before i head to school pick up". I couldn't sew for 2 days. Ridiculous. Get well soon, love Posie

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53 Kirsty August 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Just so bad! I think Shaz is wise to avoid. Mine'll be staying put for a while.

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54 Ducks and Rabbits August 13, 2010 at 7:45 pm

eek! This puts my little cuts in perspective. Wishing you a speedy and pain-free healing and rehabilitation!

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55 karlyn Jackson August 13, 2010 at 8:07 pm

That is certainly not minor Kate! and 4 weeks recovery, what ever will you do? hoping it heals ok! ouch!

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56 Maggie August 13, 2010 at 9:05 pm

oooh, nasty. brings back painful memories of architecture school and model making. here's to a speedy recovery.

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57 flowerpress August 13, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Oh dear, poor thing!
That sounds terrible.
Hope it gets better very very soon.

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58 Quilts on Bastings August 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Oh no Kate! Wishing you a speedy recovery – hope it isn't hurting too much now.

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59 AVeryGoodCoatRack August 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

OUCH! that has happened to me before (Xacto knife), no skin graft though.. you are lucky you still have a finger if it was that bad!

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60 Corrie August 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm

oh no lesson to all of us! ouch! hope you can find something to keep you busy while you recover!

Corrie:)

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61 Louise August 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Oh dear, you poor girl! Please let me know if I can help you out in any way?? Even if it's just finishing the cutting!! I'll be super careful! xx

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62 Ashley August 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

oh kate, i feel so bad for you and your poor finger! i hope it's not too painful and i wish you a very speedy recovery!

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63 Meg August 14, 2010 at 1:23 am

Yikes! Heal quickly. Perhaps a prescription dose of chocolate to help the healing along?

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64 izzy inspired August 14, 2010 at 2:13 am

OMG….that is horrible, Kate. That must have been one LONG day for you, I am so sorry!! And four weeks…..that is a long time. thank god that it all worked out so that your finger will recover fine. Hope you get some pamper time (which I know doesn't come easy for a mom) during your recovery!!

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65 Emily August 14, 2010 at 5:22 am

I did the same thing 3 weeks ago! Although not nearly as bad – no plastic surgery, but definately changed the shape of my finger! I did buy one of those steel-meshed gloves! Hope you heal quickly!!!

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66 Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS August 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm

FLOP!
(i just fainted on the floor)
good lordy girlie!!!
:-(
feel better!

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67 Sarah August 14, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Oh no Kate! I did fear this when I read the title of your post. ooooo, I'm feeling your pain!

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68 polly August 14, 2010 at 7:58 pm

So sorry to hear this! You better run out and get a KLUTZ glove! It is wonderful and protects your fingers. A fishing friend of mine says that they make fishing gloves that you wear when you are cleaning fish with a fillet knife.
He offered me his, but he said that it smelled alittle. I ran to Joann's and got one from Fons and Porter! Good luck and be careful!

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69 Cathy August 14, 2010 at 8:05 pm

Oh Kate what have you done? I want all the gory details (I was a nurse once!)…how much was cut off, how many stitches..how much icecream was eaten (oh no, that's for a tonsillectomy silly!!!) etc, etc!!! Wow wow wow, I will be more careful with my rotary cutter in future, didn't know you could do that much damage with it, hope it heals up VERY quickly for you xo

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70 Gina August 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I can't believe you're showing even a hint of a smile in that photo Kate. That sounds hideous.

What sort of craft can you do with your feet? Hmmmm…

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71 lady bird August 14, 2010 at 10:14 pm

nasty finger…nice scarf! A good warning for us fellow quilters tho…get better soon!

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72 In The Round August 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

ouch! get better soon. i'm only new around here but love what I see (and realise i recognise you from POCP) and want to see more!

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73 Andi August 16, 2010 at 5:30 am

OMG!!!
How are you doing?
Lots of pain killers?
Andi x

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74 Rachel August 16, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Ow! I hope it heals quickly!

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75 lindsey August 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Whoa! I was thinking of buying an Accuquilt – your accident has convinced me. Hope you recover speedily and completely.

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76 lindsey August 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Whoa! I have been thinking of buying an Accuquilt. Your accident has just convinced me. HOpe you recover speedily and completely.

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77 beth August 17, 2010 at 9:26 am

ooooh. I knew sewing was dangerous…but Now I'm actually afraid to pick up that rotary weapon!

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78 Q @ JAQS August 17, 2010 at 2:41 pm

OMG! That is crazy. I hope you get better soon. I will learn from your lesson and be more careful with the rotary cutter…who knew!

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79 CitricSugar August 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Good gracious!!

Blame it on the jet lag. And do try to be careful! Sending healing energy and virtual brownies!

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80 JoeyNomad August 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Oh my god Kate I just saw your post. Posted on Friday the 13th no less!!!! I hope you are ok – it may be a small comfort to you that I only have nine toenails left. Sacrificing body parts to craft has to stop!

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81 susan@tickledpaisley August 17, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Oh no!! I hope it heals quickly. I will definitely use that as a reminder to take my time.

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82 Theresa August 17, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Oh how do you spell….ewwwhhhaa. You poor thing. Hope all recovers well.

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83 Cheryl Arkison August 19, 2010 at 2:29 am

That happened to me once too. Watch out for flicking on a light switch over the next few months! It gave me the heebie-jeebies every time.

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84 Sew I Was Thinking... August 19, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Ahh, I've been there. I sliced my finger with my rotary cutter too. It totally sucked. The worst part was cleaning and re-dressing the wound. The bandaging kept getting stuck and I entire body shock from the pain… ouch! I hope you heal soon.

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85 rachelmp August 19, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Oh Kate, you poor thing. I hope you are recovering okay

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86 Valerie August 20, 2010 at 10:08 am

sounds really nasty i'm so sorry. i hope you'll recover asap & fully. the pastic surgery party is scary. poor you.
sending you get-well XO across ocean & land

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87 Alexandra August 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

Yikes, terrifying. I always leave my cutter open, etc. (bad habit) but trust me, after reading this, I am being a LOT more careful. I hope you heal quickly and well. All the best!

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88 Diane August 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

I did not read all the comments but there are guides you can glue onto your ruler to protect your fingers and keep this from happening. I knew the potential was there for me to do the same thing so that is what I use.I wish you the best recovery possible.

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89 handmadehappiness August 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm

oh dear lovie wishing you well….. xxx

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90 Laura February 25, 2011 at 12:46 am

How is your finger now?

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