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    Senior Member DebJ's Avatar
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    Haven't fully learned how to use yet? Or am I alone in this area of having done this? :lol: Lets just say I have several I need to get down and play with until I get the hang of how to use, and use correctly/accurately. :?

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    I have about 3 or 4 different sizes, just regular Omnigrids. I pretty much know how to use them. But I have one for diamonds that I am still figuring out. I think it is a little off in its measurements, because when I match the fabric to other rulers, it seems just a bit larger.

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    I'm with you on owning lots of cool stuff but not knowing how to properly use it. :D

    I'd like to take a class on how to accurately measure with all these fancy rulers. I've got the big olfa mat, the fancy ruler, and a sharp cutter but still...somehow....it doesn't come out the way it's supposed to.

    Heck, I need a basic class on how to match up selvages and when to cut on the bias, etc. =)

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    i never buy a ruler if it looks like i have to "learn" how to use it - especially if it requires a companion book and/or a class. if it isn't obvious from looking at the picture, or looks like it will take more than a few minutes with the instructions that come with it, i move on.

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    I can still only get accurate cuts from my plain old ruler about 90% of the time. I don't think I'm ready to move up to fancy.

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    I'm with Patrice. If it isn't a "duh, that'll really save me time, AND it's straightforward", then I pass on it. I'm not really a gadget person... I prefer simple multi-purpose tools that don't take up a lot of space.

    What I have occasionally been bad with, is attachments for my sewing machine. I buy 'em, try 'em out once, get frustrated that there's a learning curve... and then put 'em away, sometimes for years, until I'm forced to use them because there's a particular project for which the attachment is essential.

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    I like specialty rulers. I have a drawer full of instructions on how to use them. When I need one I rummage through the papers and this keeps my memory fresh on what rulers I do have that does what. The rulers that come with quilt books I have them attached to the book. I have one ruler that only has 7/8 measurements marked and I have used it much more then I thought I would. I keep the smaller rulers in a basket, the large ones hanging on the wall and the med size one in a ruler rack.

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    I have a lot of "special" rulers and I use them all. I have found that using the right tool makes the job go faster and the results are better (for me, anyway)

    Some of the specialty rulers I have are for triangles, kaleidoscope quilts wedges, Dear Jane blocks and flying geese.

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    I think only one. I just use it for lots of other things.

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    After using the same long, 5" wide ruler for 10 years, I broke down and bought a new 6" wide Omdngrid. It has The yellow-green markings. I tried using it, and went back to my old one, which has all black markings, and a lip that catches on the side of my cutting board. I couldn't read the new markings as well, but will keep trying it until I can. :lol: :lol: Rulers are not cheap anymore, and I have several squares that i use to square up, and to check my squares for sizing. I have had to replace my 6 in one twice, have worn 2 of them out. But the long one with black marking is still my favorite.

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    I admit to NOTHING! 8)

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    I only have 2. A 6"x24" Fiskars ruler and a 60 Degree Diamond ruler. I used the second one for my Lonestar quilt.

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    Good for you!
    If I had read that tip about not buying something you have to learn how to use, and then, if I had actually followed the advice, I could have bought a LOT more fabric.
    It is true. Most quilts can be cut using just that first ruler ... though I use the Omnigrid rulers ... and, I rarely need the 24" length, thanks in part for the 60mm rotary cutters.

    Quote Originally Posted by mytwopals
    I only have 2. A 6"x24" Fiskars ruler and a 60 Degree Diamond ruler. I used the second one for my Lonestar quilt.

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    I have a 6x24inch, 12 and a half inch square and then two small squares (I think a 6" and a 3") and one little ruller, like 1"x6". I use these all the time

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    I have the standard ones and a bunch of others.

    Aside from the 12 1/2" square, I don't use the ones with the extra 1/2" added to one side - like the 6 1/2" by 24". It's too easy to measure from the wrong side and mess it up!

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    Most quilts can be cut using just that first ruler ...
    While that's probably true, in my defense :wink: , I do prefer the smaller ones for cutting smaller pieces, especially for squaring up as I don't have the strength in my hands that I used to, it's just easier picking up something size appropriate. I do use my 6 x 18 and 6 x 24 for making the initial cuts off the fabric.

    I also own a few :oops: other specialty rulers that I haven't yet used, or haven't yet learned how to, ie. the Wonder Cut Ruler and the Flying Geese x4.


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    LOL, we were just talking about rulers in chat and at my guild, we are thinking of having a program, where we bring in our unused rulers and someone shows us how to use them. glad i am not alone.

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    okay ... I have Quiltgranny blushing over my offhanded comment, and now I have GOT to show you why I sound so ... I didn't mean to sound smug, what I was trying to do was encourage someone who didn't have to deal with :

    but, remove the hats and close the door, and ....
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    at first glance it looks like a handy hat manager with some quilting stuff around in there
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    a 4x8 foot piece of pegboard with multiple layers of tools and rulers and a person who is trying to figure out where she left her pegs ... they are in here somewhere!
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    Super Member omak's Avatar
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    and, that is just what is in my bedroom ... in my enough "room for sewing"

    and, you haven't seen nothin' yet ... but, I declare - - I am NOT admitting to a thing!
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    I have 5 all different sizes

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    Quote Originally Posted by omak
    okay ... I have Quiltgranny blushing over my offhanded comment, and now I have GOT to show you why I sound so ... I didn't mean to sound smug, what I was trying to do was encourage someone who didn't have to deal with :
    Trying not to appear shameless :oops: , I suppose if you were brave enough to show us yours, I can show you mine, ha ha. While you're sporting a whopping 4 x 8' area there, I have a more modest 28 x 48" board, thus the "overflow" areas below it. LOL Here's mine:



    Ruler storage - yes, some pegs have 2 or more rulers on them... :)
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    I use my plain old regular ruler for almost everything. I have a couple specialty rulers, but they are easy to use. That's the only kind I like.

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    Sorry, I posted twice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I have about 3 or 4 different sizes, just regular Omnigrids. I pretty much know how to use them. But I have one for diamonds that I am still figuring out. I think it is a little off in its measurements, because when I match the fabric to other rulers, it seems just a bit larger.
    I have gotten a couple of rulers that were "different" from the majority of my other rulers. The measurements seemed to be "off"

    It made sense to get rid of them. I confuse easily enough as it is.

    I have a couple of triangle ones that I still don't know how/where to measure with

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I have gotten a couple of rulers that were "different" from the majority of my other rulers. The measurements seemed to be "off"
    It made sense to get rid of them. I confuse easily enough as it is.
    I confuse easily too, :roll: but I'm not ready to get rid of any of my tools just yet. :D Bless your heart.

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