senior thesis, prototyping, ergonomics
reimagined rotary cutter
The quilting industry has grown drastically from 2000 to 2020. The average quilter is a retired woman in her 60s.
Quilting and sewing have a rich heritage. Quilting is often a collective activity that takes place in quilting bees or guilds.
Sewing and quilting are often perceived as too complex and labor intensive. They are some of the least accessible crafts.
Make quilting more accessible by reimagining products to get the job done quicker and to eliminate physical discomfort.
Research took place at Busy Hands of Michiana, a nonprofit volunteer charity that donates handmade items to schools, nursing homes, and shelters.
How can the rotary cutter be redesigned to comfortably cut without rotating the fabric, to flatten the fabric,
and to stabilize the ruler?