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    Handle for ruler

    My daughter asked me what I had on my wish list this year for Christmas. I have seen advertised somewhere a wooden handle with suction cups that attaches to your rulers so you can hold it down with that instead of laying your hand directly on the ruler. I think it came in a couple of sizes, and the larger one was quite long to extend nearly the length of a good size ruler. I think the price was about $35 for the larger one, but now I can't remember the name of it, or where I saw it advertised so I can tell her about it! Does anyone know what this is and where I can find it? I have seen plastic ones, such as the Gypsy Gripper(I think that is the name) but this one just looked much nicer! Thank you for any help!

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    Are you thinking of the Quilter's Slidelock? I've read several emails from quilters who bought one at the Houston show...they sound intriguing. Here's the website http://quiltersslidelock.com/

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    The Quilters Slidelock is what I use. I use it on top of my ruler and it holds the ruler in place, it isn't going to slip or move. I won't use a rotary cutter without it. I had one bad cut before and it hurt enough I would have gladly paid triple the price of it to stop the pain. There is no excuse anyone can give me not to use a safety device when using a rotary cutter.
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    Some QB members get them at a hardware store instead of the craft store because they are less expensive. I think the hardware ones are for moving window glass?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Some QB members get them at a hardware store instead of the craft store because they are less expensive. I think the hardware ones are for moving window glass?
    This is a different type of holder called the Gypsy Gripper. It works but is awkward for me to use.
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    I got rid of the Gypsy Grippers, they were more of a bother than a help. I notice that LQS has also stopped using them as well as no longer carrying them.

    Recently got the Slidelock and LOVE it. It's an acrylic plate, thicker than a ruler would be so very sturdy, with holes every couple of inches. When you press on the handle, it causes balls of ?? (clear rubber, maybe?) to press down through those holes and grip the fabric. When you take your hand off the wooden handle, they lift - and then the holes allow you to slide it to the next point.

    These are not rulers - there are no markings - you have to either use an acrylic ruler with it and/or lines on your mat if they are accurate (the only ones I've found that are as accurate as a ruler are the ones on Martelli mats).

    I purchased both the longer one (24") and the shorter one (14"). Were I doing it again, I'd get just the smaller one. When cutting WoF, fold fabric in half and then in half again. To me, that's more comfortable than cutting across the fabric with a single fold; I find that to be the case with or without the Slidelock.
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    I can recommend the Quilter's Slidelock. I love mine. Fabric and ruler stay put and don't slide, plus your hand is out of the way of the blade. The ruler is twice as thick as other rulers, so the blade can't easily jump the ruler and cut you anyway. Great product, worth every penny. (How much does a trip to the emergency room cost?)

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    I'm going to cosider the Slidelock. I bought the gypsy gripper, used it once, didn't like it at all.

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    I concur about the Slidelock. No more having one pinkie finger on the fabric, NO slipping and it's much safer than anything I've ever used.
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    Slidelock is a must have for me and my guild urges everyone to use it when cutting at workshops and classes. Cleaning up blood and rushing someone to the ER is not pleasant for anyone especially when it could have been avoided.

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    Thank you ladies for this discussion. I always have problems with my ruler slipping so I believe I'll order a slidelock. I had never heard of it before and it looks like cutting would be a lot safer with it.

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    I have the Gypsy Grippers, both sizes and haven't enough experience with them yet to advise.

    One of our local quilt stores uses them at their cutting table is that is any help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    Some QB members get them at a hardware store instead of the craft store because they are less expensive. I think the hardware ones are for moving window glass?
    I bought a gripper at Harbor Freight and do not like/use it. It is so big that it cover the marking line on the ruler making it very hard to cut.
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    I only wish they'd make the Slidelock with ruler lines, so you don't need to put it on top of your ruler or next to your ruler. Doesn't that seem to make sense?
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    If the slidelock was a ruler I would go for it. It seems kind of dumb to have to use a ruler AND the slidelock together (and I never use the mat grid to measure-I have found those are not 100% accurate).

    Putting it on top of the ruler would defeat the purpose of using it in the first place.

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    It seems kind of dumb to have to use a ruler AND the slidelock together
    I bought it for the safety factor and then bought two more because until you use one you won't know how great it holds the ruler to the fabric. It doesn't interfere with the ruler at all. I hope you never experience a bad rotary cut but when you do remember the Slidelock probably could have prevented it.
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    That is on my Cmas list. My cousin sliced her hand really bad with rotary cutter. Surgery and 2day stay in hospital and she still debated whether or not to get one. Her kids got her one for her birthday shortly after and she still though it was too much money. At least she uses it.
    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    The Quilters Slidelock is what I use. I use it on top of my ruler and it holds the ruler in place, it isn't going to slip or move. I won't use a rotary cutter without it. I had one bad cut before and it hurt enough I would have gladly paid triple the price of it to stop the pain. There is no excuse anyone can give me not to use a safety device when using a rotary cutter.

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    I've seen the ones from the hardware and they are for moving glass. Yes they take up a much larger area. Some things are ok to purchase elsewhere and some just aren't. the savings often aren't that great if you can't use it correctly.
    Quote Originally Posted by bigsister63 View Post
    I bought a gripper at Harbor Freight and do not like/use it. It is so big that it cover the marking line on the ruler making it very hard to cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
    That is on my Cmas list. My cousin sliced her hand really bad with rotary cutter. Surgery and 2day stay in hospital and she still debated whether or not to get one. Her kids got her one for her birthday shortly after and she still though it was too much money. At least she uses it.
    I know several like her in my guild. One said the day I demoed the Slide lock if you are careful and pay attention to what you are doing you won't get cut and it was foolish to spend that much money. Yep, later in the year she sliced her finger to the bone and hurt for a long time plus medical bills after her insurance paid their part. She had a hard time getting back to using a rotary cutter again because of the fear of another cut.
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    I bought one at Walgreens not advertised for quilting but it works great for $10!! I think it is intended as a handle for getting out of the shower

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo View Post
    I bought it for the safety factor and then bought two more because until you use one you won't know how great it holds the ruler to the fabric. It doesn't interfere with the ruler at all. I hope you never experience a bad rotary cut but when you do remember the Slidelock probably could have prevented it.
    Oh I'm sure I'll get one. lol. I'm a sucker for gadgets and if everyone else has it, I want it too. I just hate the thought of having to use two different big pieces of plastic for every cut. And I often need to use two rulers side by side for the bigger cuts so then what. Place one, place the 2nd one next to it, and then place the slidelock next to that, trying to hold it all steady? have you tried it using multiple rulers for wider cuts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by solstice3 View Post
    I bought one at Walgreens not advertised for quilting but it works great for $10!! I think it is intended as a handle for getting out of the shower
    I have one of those. I bought it from Amazon back when they had the Amazon Mom Prime promo and you had to buy xx amount of baby items every month to keep the free prime. This was a baby item, strangely enough. It came in handy when my daughter broke her arm and needed something to steady herself in the shower (she was super nervous about even moving) and when I hurt my back and needed support in the shower. In fact...it's still in the shower and I'm using my hand again on my rulers.

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