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Old 04-06-2017, 05:03 PM
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Unlike most quilters, I normally use the mat to measure. Never use both for measuring. Only one or the other.
The keys for me are holding the blade vertical, a firm hand on the ruler, and the carpenters saying "Measure Twice, Cute Once". And trust that you will get better.
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:58 AM
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Originally Posted by stilllearning View Post
If possible, don't cut through too many layers. My cuts are more accurate when I don't cut through more than 4 layers, preferably only 2 layers. I'm waiting until I master the accuracy aspect before I worry about being more efficient or fast. If all the layers aren't folded perfectly, the folded areas will come out wonky. Measuring with the ruler instead of the mat seems to work better for me. Also, I've had better cutting results when I starch the fabric during ironing, especially since I pre-wash.
I love the layer suggestion. I try to cut through only 2 layers at a time, I'm not perfect, but I think it helps and if I mess it up, I haven't ruined too much fabric.
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Boston1954 View Post
The lady at Missouri Star suggested putting painters tape on the ruler. It helps you remember where you were cutting.
I am making the Grand Adventure quilt and the cutting measurement is an in between measurement- 2 3/8". She recommended using the painters tape. I've heard that before but never used that on my rulers. LOVE it with this particular pattern. Takes a lot of pressure off each time you cut. ;-)
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:43 AM
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I understand about the cutting process because I'm not very experienced with it at all - but I did find with practice it does get better - at least I noticed some improvement for myself. Also, the idea of the clear rubber sticky dots, sounds good, however, you can also use round sticky dots that look like they have sand paper finish - it helps the ruler from slipping. Don't hesitate to use quite a few on your ruler
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:44 AM
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I've used the mat for measuring too like AVFD215
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:12 AM
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Old 04-07-2017, 05:13 AM
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Nancy Roelfsema has good tips also.[QUOTE=tessagin;7799867][url]https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCL
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:45 PM
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If your ruler moves when you are using it, try applying a clear nonslip sheet to the back. For me, it has made a major difference. It doesn't entirely eliminate slippage, but it reduces it. Not sure of the brand name, but your LQS should have it. It's transparent, inexpensive and one roll covers several rulers.
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Old 04-07-2017, 01:53 PM
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y'all might think it's silly, but I put a large can of peaches on the far end of my ruler so it doesn't slide. I can't hold the entire ruler at once (even for 15" or so), so I found the extra weight on the end helps. By the way, you can use other fruits .... it doesn't have to be just peaches .
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