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Thread: How do I keep my ruler from slipping?

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    How do I keep my ruler from slipping when cutting strips. I am holding down the ruler with my left hand and moving it when I cut, but it is still slipping.

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    I put sandpaper dots on the 4 corners.

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    I use either little felt pads or little sandpaper pad that you can buy they are little circles.

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    There is a roll of blue-ish clear tape (feels like saran wrap) that you can stick to the ruler. It is non-intrusive and you can definitely feel the difference.

    http://www.quiltersreview.com/articl...t/050418_a.asp

    Another tip I can give you is DO NOT hold the ruler in the middle. Instead, hold it at the lower third and cut only as far as your hand, then walk your hand up to the next section and cut some more until you have made a complete cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ann clare
    I put sandpaper dots on the 4 corners.
    this works well for me

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    I use the grip stuff that goes on the bottom of it..it comes in a roll and is like clear vinyl...you cut it to the size of your ruler or template. I don't know the name of it, but I've used it for about 8 years now and it has never come off my ruler. It's been a lifesaver for me.

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    Just get it a little dirty... sometimes just a spray of hairspray is all you need for a little traction.

    Or, you can get Invisigrip, sandpaper dots and some people use the clear sticky dots that you put under lamps etc to keep them from sliding.

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    i use the grip stuff

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    I've used sandpaper dots and clear grip dots. I like the sandpaper better as the clear vinyl ones are kind of thick and tend to bunch up the fabric when I'm trying to place the ruler. Thought I'd try the Invisigrip but haven't yet.

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    I use Invisigrip on all of mine, one roll goes a long way :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by frugalfabrics
    I use the grip stuff that goes on the bottom of it..it comes in a roll and is like clear vinyl...you cut it to the size of your ruler or template. I don't know the name of it, but I've used it for about 8 years now and it has never come off my ruler. It's been a lifesaver for me.
    I use this stuff too.

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    Aside from putting grips on the bottom of the ruler, it's standard to keep half your hand off the ruler. This steadies the ruler because your hand is not likely to slip against the fabric.

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    I use a 6lbs. of canned pototoes to hold my ruler. It works!!

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    Where do you find this grip stuff??? Thanks

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    Go to the quilt shop and get either the non - slip plastic/silicone dots or the sandpaper dots to adhere to the rule.

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    I have arthritis and carpal tunnel and holding my ruler and walking my hand up the ruler is difficult. I tried a few methods and have settled on using 20oz full water bottles to hold my ruler. I can easily lift them and place them all in one spot or place them along the ruler. This way I can lift my hand and then replace it and not have my ruler slip.

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    Try Quilters Rule rulers they have a non slip bottom have loved using them for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mpark
    How do I keep my ruler from slipping when cutting strips. I am holding down the ruler with my left hand and moving it when I cut, but it is still slipping.
    Try these
    http://www.connectingthreads.com/too...s__D21129.html

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    Someone once told me to put you thumb against the bottom edge of the ruler and that would prevent it from slipping. It had to be for small cuts to be able to that?

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    I use the sandpaper dots as well and have for years. They hold well!

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    In frustration once, I painted a wide strip of runner cement down the middle of my ruler...and let it dry---took about 2 minutes. Works like a charm!

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    Any LQS, Hobby Lobby, Hancocks, or Joanns should have the Invisagrip, sandpaper or clear dots.

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    I use the sandpaper dots, but they aren't always in the right place, so I think I'm going to get some of that invisigrip stuff!

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    I found some ruler grippy dots at Joanne's in the notions section that you stick on your ruler. It works really well. You can't slide your ruler on the fabric to line it up though....it moves the material. You have to pick ruler up completely to re-position it.

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    go to dollar tree and buy a roll of rubbery cabinet drawer liner cut a strip and it works well....

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