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    Help! Am I using this product wrong?

    Being a new quilter, I am still learning how to use all the products out there for quilters, but this one's got me beat. I am doing a kit quilt, and have to cut out 120 3x6 flying geese to fit together accurately in the main body of the quilt. I tried using the recommended ruler to cut them to no avail--I couldn't make them accurate. So I tried the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler, but still couldn't keep the ruler from sliding. OK, so I ordered online some Invisigrip which is supposed to keep the ruler from sliding. It came this afternoon, applied it to my ruler and to my dismay, the ruler is as slick as ever! The invisigrip sticks good to the ruler, and as far as I can tell, can only be applied one way--it doesn't stick on the other side. Slick as ever. Have I wasted money on this product, or am I doing something wrong? At this point I feel it's bad enough to warrant a refund. Any suggestions or comments? Thanks, Connie
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    Do you have any rubber cement? A drop on each corner is supposed to make a ruler grip better. What I've done with mine is to use the cabinet door bumpers that come with Ikea cabinets and glued those to my ruler. (Ikea's are really flat, so they don't raise your ruler off the fabric.) I think you can also glue small circles of sandpaper to your ruler.
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    This may sound like a weird question, but are you placing the side of the ruler with the invisigrip next to the fabric? I have it on my rulers and they don't usually slip EXCEPT when using the 6 x 24 and then I still have to walk my hand up the ruler as I cut.

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    i'm not familiar with the invisigrip. if it is dots, is there a separate piece covering the side that is supposed to be next to the fabric... does it need peeling off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by conniemaried View Post
    Being a new quilter, I am still learning how to use all the products out there for quilters, but this one's got me beat. I am doing a kit quilt, and have to cut out 120 3x6 flying geese to fit together accurately in the main body of the quilt. I tried using the recommended ruler to cut them to no avail--I couldn't make them accurate. So I tried the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler, but still couldn't keep the ruler from sliding. OK, so I ordered online some Invisigrip which is supposed to keep the ruler from sliding. It came this afternoon, applied it to my ruler and to my dismay, the ruler is as slick as ever! The invisigrip sticks good to the ruler, and as far as I can tell, can only be applied one way--it doesn't stick on the other side. Slick as ever. Have I wasted money on this product, or am I doing something wrong? At this point I feel it's bad enough to warrant a refund. Any suggestions or comments? Thanks, Connie

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtsyOne View Post
    Do you have any rubber cement? A drop on each corner is supposed to make a ruler grip better. What I've done with mine is to use the cabinet door bumpers that come with Ikea cabinets and glued those to my ruler. (Ikea's are really flat, so they don't raise your ruler off the fabric.) I think you can also glue small circles of sandpaper to your ruler.
    Yes, I have the right side of the ruler to the fabric, but the backing is slick. Is there something else to peel off?
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    Little sandpaper dots are fantastic. My mother-in-law gave me a small baggie of them. They are paperbacked. Just peal the paper off and stick it to the ruler.

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    I found that the invisgrip helps slightly. Creative Grids rulers are pretty good about not slipping but I think all of them will slip some. Even my June Tailor ruler with the slits has started slipping!
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    The only thing to peel off on Invisgrip is the paper backing. I'm sure you did that. Invisigrip is not fool proof by any means. I like it better than any other method I've tried but it is not perfect. You have to really learn to keep you hand near where you are cutting. With long rulers you have to walk your hand as you cut.

    I'm no fan of the dots either. They raise the ruler up oddly and make things difficult for me. I have them on some rulers and do use them, but I don't love them.

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    i've had invisagrip on my rulers for years- it helps- it really takes learning to hold your ruler - nothing is (fool proof) for keeping your ruler from sliding beyond learning the best way to use it.
    (spider web) your fingers out across the top of the ruler with your pinkie on the outside-along the side of the ruler-on the table-holding the ruler secure- and as long as you have a nice sharp blade in your cutter you do not have to push hard along the edge of the ruler- it just takes some practice & will become (natural) to you as you do it more & more- with better results all the time- i've tried lots of different dots, sandpaper, felt, rubber...nothing has worked any better than the invisigrip- and i prefer it over the other options because it is see through- all the other items either cover up or distort lines somewhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conniemaried View Post
    Being a new quilter, I am still learning how to use all the products out there for quilters, but this one's got me beat. I am doing a kit quilt, and have to cut out 120 3x6 flying geese to fit together accurately in the main body of the quilt. I tried using the recommended ruler to cut them to no avail--I couldn't make them accurate. So I tried the Quilt in a Day Flying Geese ruler, but still couldn't keep the ruler from sliding. OK, so I ordered online some Invisigrip which is supposed to keep the ruler from sliding. It came this afternoon, applied it to my ruler and to my dismay, the ruler is as slick as ever! The invisigrip sticks good to the ruler, and as far as I can tell, can only be applied one way--it doesn't stick on the other side. Slick as ever. Have I wasted money on this product, or am I doing something wrong? At this point I feel it's bad enough to warrant a refund. Any suggestions or comments? Thanks, Connie
    It's probably your cutting technique as much as anything. Put your little finger off the edge of the ruler.

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    ? Did you Cover the Whole Surface of your rulers OR only Parts of them? I've Got My Rulers coverd with Invisagrip And have Never had a problem such as you describe, Except every once and awhile I wash them with plain water to refresh the 'gripness'
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    I use 6x24 ruler for just about everything . It is fiskars I believe and the marked side slips less. The non marked side is like a skating rink. If I have to cut a long strip, I place my hand in the middle of the ruler with the ball of my hand, thumb, and index and middle finger applying the pressure to the ruler. It helps if you do not push your rotary cutter too much against the ruler but rather glide alongside it. If you put too much pressure with your cutter along the side of the ruler either top or bottom side will slip. It takes practice, absolutely, and this is what works for me. When I get tired or rushed, forget it. All my cuts are wonky. Keep at it, take a deep breath, sip of wine and enjoy. You'll be a pro in no time. Happy quilting.

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    This will work for you: http://quiltersslidelock.com/

    It will keep the ruler steady and prevent cutting accidents. I don't know why anyone would use a rotary cutter without a safety guard or glove.

    There is another one called Rule Steady that is very good but it's made in Australia and cost much more.
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    I haven't added grippy things to my rulers, and occasionally I get slippage and cursing, but two things that I have found useful: a ruler with a lip at the end that goes over the top edge of your mat (so you can gently pull backwards on it to help keep it steady, like a T-square), and leaning on my ruler with my whole forearm when I am cutting slippery fabrics or multiple layers. This last tip can be tough on your back if you are doing a lot of cutting, but does work well!

    I also agree that with practice you will find ways that work for you.

    Good luck!

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    I feel like Invisagrip helps a lot. I bought a new ruler and couldn't figure why it was sliding. Duh, it didn't have Invisagrip. I thought I was going to like dots of rubber cement, but they picked up lint quickly and didn't help and looked terrible.

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    I took a piece of sandpaper and put double sided scotch tape on it, then took a paper punch and punched small dots and then applied them to the underside of my rulers
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    get the clear or sandpaper dots, you can get them at joanns. just apply them to the back of the ruler. They have worked wonders for me

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    Also sometimes if you use to big of a ruler that might be why as well

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    I use the sandpaper dots or squares and find they work really great. Always used sandpaper under my fabric when in the old days we cut out templates with scissors.
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    True Grip dots work really well and they are very thin. They have more of a rubbery feel.
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    I've tried hot glue, sandpaper dots, all kinds of stuff, and finally developed a technique of holding the ruler down with my thumb and my pinky finger going over the edge of the ruler, and my other 3 fingers pressing down on the ruler. This worked great.

    Until I discovered Steady Betty strips. Holy moly, those things are awesome. They're about a quarter inch wide and 4 inches long, and I cut one in 3 pieces and stuck it on my ruler. That sucker doesn't go ANYWHERE anymore. Of course, now I have to pick the dang thing up, I can't slide it across my fabric to make the next cut....

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    ArtsyOne has the ticket. Go to Wal-Mart and pick up some Elmer's rubber cement. Its clear when dry and you can peal it off with your finger if it gets dirty and it's gone. It's in the school supplies section and it's CHEAP. Doesn't take long to dry

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    I prefer a different method entirely. I use a June Taylor 1/2" Shapecut. If I am making 2.5" strips, I can make 4 accurate cuts without moving the ruler. Oddly enough, although the now deceased former prexy and teacher for our guild introduced them, most memebers of the guild don't use them and never have. This is really a matter of taste.

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    I find the little rubberised slip dots to be the best to apply to the rule. Either that or cut out little squares of sandpaper and stick them to the back of your rule in a few places.

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