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    I need some advice, today I taught another class in making rag wreaths and as part of it, I teach the students how to use a rotary cutter with a pinking wheel. Now I know that it is a little different to use when compared with a straight wheel and I worked hard getting their technique right, however I had one left hander who just could not use it, no matter what we did, although she can use a straight wheel successfully.

    I thought initially that the wheel was blunt but it wasn't, cos I even replicated the way she worked and could cut the fabric... does anyone have any hints or tips if I work with a left hander again?
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    Ah I can see in my mind the difference between using it as a right and left hander but just can't describe it. As a left hander who was brought up in a completely right handed world I got used to using the 'normal' tools and when I was finally bought some left handed scissors I couldn't use them. I do struggle to cut with normal scissors in my right hand (the paper just bends) I guess because I learnt to hold them in a particular way when using them in my left hand - the blade is at a different angle and I think the rotary cutter will be the same. Try it yourself with your left hand and you'll probably find it doesn't cut properly for you.
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    • #3
      Natty, I actually did cut it with my left hand... and worked using the other side of the ruler... and I could manage it. And yes I even corrected her angle with the blade as you have to be at about 45' with the pinking wheel, I suspect that a straight wheel is more forgiving for her. It was just so frustrating but on reflection I am convinced it is technique.
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      • #4
        i am also left handed although i eat right handed after being forced to on the ship to england as a child, i also find it a bit awkward with scissors but i have learned to manage. i play darts with my right had but write and draw with my left hand but i now use the mouse with my right hand after getting rsi in my left.i dont know what to advise the one thing i could never pick up being left handed was crochet
        i play badmington right handed,its weird i never really thought about it till now. Gailxxx

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Roslet View Post
          It was just so frustrating but on reflection I am convinced it is technique.
          I think you're probably right, us lefties can be a bit cack handed (hubby winces every time I use a sharp knife) so it may just take her a bit longer to get the hang of it. Having said that I have a lovely fancy guillotine that I just can't use, it never completely cuts through the paper for me but hubby (another rightie in my world) can't understand it as it works fine for him.
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          • #6
            I do sympathise as I'm a righty who has a lefty mum.... as a consequence I do some things left handed, I deal cards left handed, I can use the mouse left handed while tapping figures in with my right. I mix things left handed too. makes it easy to play instruments as left and right hands work togther,

            doesn't help with your predicament. sorry
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            • #7
              I wonder if the left handed student could view your demonstration via a mirror. This would show them exactly what they should do to replicate your techniques. An expensive alternative would be to video your actions and then mirror the video for playback on a laptop.

              Roger

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