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Thread: Ruler advice needed

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    OK, I went to look at rulers yesterday and got real confused at what I was seeing. I was in the quilt section at a hobby store local to me. Right now I am using a metal yard stick to help cut squares. Thought I bought a ruler but can not find it so it might have broke in move.

    Now money is real tight so I want something as versitile as I can get. Do not want to have to buy 10 rulers and or templates if I can get away with 5. So I am looking for your ruler experiance to help make a choice that I will not regret latter because I bought the wrong one. It does Not have to be something I can pick up local. It can be a set deal like more than one. Price should be under $100.00 if a set. Since I am still looking at buying a bigger cutting mat if the have a mat ruler set that would work also.

    Thanks.

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    I like the omnigrid rulers. I use the 6 1/2 by 24 inches and the 12 1/2 in square rulers. I have been able to do everything I wanted with those two rulers.

    Janie

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    The 6 by 24 Omnigrid seems to be a fave. I love my 15 by 15 Omnigrid too. I only use two rulers for everything. No need to buy a bunch.

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    Omnigrid does make nice rulers and they're quite popular.

    Olipfa rulers are another good choice.

    personally, i prefer the rulers from the EZ Quilting line. it's easier [for me] to see the fabric through the ruler; the lines are thinner so i can get more accurate cuts; and they are less expensive.

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    I think a 6 1/2 inch ruler is a must as well as a 6x24 inch ruler and if you can swing it buy a 16 inch square. That should get you started. rulers last a long time and are an excellant investment. Marge

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    You can get by with one ruler for cutting strips and one for squaring up your blocks. The 6X24 is a very popular size because you can cut the full width of fabric with only one fold. The 12.5X12.5 is the best size for squaring blocks IMO. I have the 9.5X9.5 12X12 and 15X15. I use the 12.5X12.5 most of the time. I also use my 6X12 ruler a lot for subcutting strips and smaller pieces of fabric. I just don't like deaing with that large 6X24 when I'm working with smaller pieces.

    Joann's has both these rulers (and more) on their website. Here's a coupon code to get 50% off one item at checkout. I don't know if it takes the 50% off the most expensive item or the least expensive though.

    http://www.joann.com/joann/search/se...arch%253Druler The rectangular rulers are on page 4 and the square rulers are on page 5


    Enter this code at checkout: TTF97

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    We have rulers of all different sizes and manufacturers. Our favorite rulers are made by OLFA. The type we like are frosted and so much easier to see in use. I'm not a really big fan of the Omni-Grip line of rulers because they are really hard to read and they are really busy, marking wise. The nice thing about the frosted ones is that they are very easy to read against any color of fabric. The markings will wear off the Omni-Grip and render it useless after a time.

    Size wise a 6.5" x 24" is a must have, you'll use it 4 times more than any other size. A 12.5" x 12.5" is a good second choice, but I prefer a 16.5" x 16.5" size for a square ruler. A 6.5" x 6.5" is nice to have but not really a must have unless you make a lot of 6.5" blocks. You can square a block with any square ruler.

    Take a look at the OLFA Rulers here http://www.olfa.com/RulersList.aspx?C=66

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    Wow, I just love you all. That helps so much you can not imagine. So 6.5"x 24" will be my first buy with the 12.5x12.5 for swap blocks.

    What works good for doing triangles?

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    I like omni grid too. I have the 6 1/2 square, 12 1/2 square, 6 1/2 x 24 1/2 and 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 as well as a triangle. I love them all. If I were you I would consider getting a small square too I use it a lot for small projects. I finally got a rotary guard for my 24" and feel much safer when doing a lot of cutting. I have had too friends with stitches from rotary cutters.

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    I only have one ruler. :oops: :oops: It is the 6.5x24. Someday (soon) I will get my square too. I cut triangles and all with this ruler and my mat.

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