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    I need quick advice on purchase at quilt show today - PM Quilting Rulers

    Does anyone own these rulers? Do you actually use them much? I'd love to get your opinions. You know how wonderful they make everything look at the sewing expo. It looks easy and accurate and wonderful...but once you get it home, is it still beneficial? I'd love to know before I go back today to purchase. Thank you in advance.
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    When did you move to Gig Harbor, Wa? I am just across the bridge.
    What are PM rulers?
    Will you be at the expo today? I am going to go today!
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    Any ones in particular? I went to their web site and it looks like they have over a hundred long arm templates & rulers. The site has them all listed together...
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    Jan, I'm across the bridge too.
    Come visit my favorite quilt shop so we can meet.
    So much fabric, so little time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Any ones in particular? I went to their web site and it looks like they have over a hundred long arm templates & rulers. The site has them all listed together...
    Quote Originally Posted by ArlaJo View Post
    Jan, I'm across the bridge too.
    Come visit my favorite quilt shop so we can meet.
    It's a neon yellow acrylic set for cutting strips, squares, triangles, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaperPrincess View Post
    Any ones in particular? I went to their web site and it looks like they have over a hundred long arm templates & rulers. The site has them all listed together...
    It's the combo sets that are for cutting ground strips, squares, triangles, etc.

    Quote Originally Posted by ArlaJo View Post
    Jan, I'm across the bridge too.
    Come visit my favorite quilt shop so we can meet.
    Which shop?!

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    I have been here for about 2 years. I am at the show today! I have a class from 11:00 - 1:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in FL View Post
    Does anyone own these rulers? Do you actually use them much? I'd love to get your opinions. You know how wonderful they make everything look at the sewing expo. It looks easy and accurate and wonderful...but once you get it home, is it still beneficial? I'd love to know before I go back today to purchase. Thank you in advance.
    I don't think they are the most popular rulers out there, as I had not heard of them. Do you have a website?

    The most popular rulers for cutting are probably the new ones that Alex Anderson developed, Olfa frosted, and Creative Grids. If you are not familiar with any of these, I would wait and do some research before splurging on a set of rulers. I don't see that anyone has personal experience with PM rulers so far, so I would be wary of purchasing a set. What is it about them that sets them apart? Alex's rulers and the Olfa frosted all have non-slip backs (not perfect, but they help) and all 3 brands I mention feature fine, accurate lines that are easy to read.

    I personally would not like yellow acrylic rulers. Omnigrip rulers were very popular for awhile, but I actually found the yellow harder for me.

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    i can't imagine using them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in FL View Post
    Does anyone own these rulers? Do you actually use them much? I'd love to get your opinions. You know how wonderful they make everything look at the sewing expo. It looks easy and accurate and wonderful...but once you get it home, is it still beneficial? I'd love to know before I go back today to purchase. Thank you in advance.
    I purchased the large one. Love it. I can cut strips with out fabric moving..I also said I can sew but sure can't cut straight,not a problem any more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    i can't imagine using them.
    Patrice, just curious...why can't you imagine using them? I tried googling PM rulers but it just took me to PM Quilting. Not sure if the rulers they sell are PM rulers as a brand or my search just took me to that website because of the name. So I don't really know what the features (or lack of) of these rulers are to differentiate them from other rulers.

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    Is this them?

    http://www.pmquilting.com/Set_of_6_A.../srk-10no6.htm

    They aren't going to get much notice about the rulers if there is no video how to use them. I don't buy any specialty ruler without seeing a video of how it is used and what it can make. Their website isn't that inviting.
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    I've never heard of them, never seen them at any of my local quilt shops, never taken a class where someone else was teaching or learning with them. That in and of itself makes me leery.

    I agree with Onebyone, the website is awful. Hard to read and not appealing at all. Their blog, where I would expect to find information and projects made with the rulers, hasn't been updated in 6 years.

    I'll second the recommendation for the frosted Olfa rulers and the Creative Grid rulers. Although I will say you have to be choosy with the frosted Olfas; I own several and 2 of them are not cut and/or printed accurately. One is off by 1/16th of an inch on the lower left corner, which doesn't bother me much. But the other is off on the top right corner, which is one I use a lot. It's only off by about 3 threads width, but that adds up, and it wasn't until I was trying to assemble a bunch of HSTs that I realized it. If you are not a precision piecer, or just don't care to be as anal as I freely admit I am, then it won't bother you.

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    I bought the set at a quilt show! Love them. And a much better deal to purchase as a set from a show! But make sure you fully understand how to assemble them. Can be confusing

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    Their site is less than spectacular but I feel that they really are getting their name out through the quilt shows. I have had a 2.5 one since 2015 and the set from show 2016. Am starting to see them at local shows and in LQS. Also on Facebook. They are getting out there!

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    Never heard of them but here is a video for one ruler. He is cutting several layers.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNZP8XKLHwM

    I just googled pm quilting rulers and came up with a few options.

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    I think it looks pretty interesting, and would definitely want to give one a try. Do they have one you can use at the show? Here is a Youtube video from Sparrow, I think it gives quite a bit of info.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ9RzQzWH0I

    My guess is we haven't heard of them as they are a relatively new product, but I'm betting they grow in popularity!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    Is this them?

    http://www.pmquilting.com/Set_of_6_A.../srk-10no6.htm

    They aren't going to get much notice about the rulers if there is no video how to use them. I don't buy any specialty ruler without seeing a video of how it is used and what it can make. Their website isn't that inviting.
    Thanks Onebyone, that is the set.
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    Thanks for the input everyone. I didn't get them. Lots of ladies were buying them. They are certainly pricey. I will watch and think about them through the year and get them at the next quilt show if I see him there again. I struggle so much with cutting. I have an Accuquilt but hate getting it out. Plus, it takes room to store all the cutting dies. Of course, he did make it look so easy. But like I said earlier, I know when I get it all home, it will be a different story. I just couldn't spend that kind of money on something I wasn't sure would help, without thinking it through.
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    I know Gary, the owner, and love his quilting rulers. Have toured the place where they are made. I had him design and make me a specialty ruler for free motion quilting and love it. He is moving his quilt shop and ruler making facility to Casa Grande, Arizona the end of March. Will truly miss his wonderful shop and access to his rulers. There is a video on the use of his rulers. Love them.

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    Thanks for the video link. It was interesting and a new idea in how to cut fabric. The ruler set he was using could be useful.
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    I have to say the video is impressive! I'm a gadget person and I tend to use my gadgets, as long as they work as expected. I might get one to start with just to see how I would do with it. The website could definitely use some improvements, but they seem to have a lot of attractive products. I think they must rely on shows for most of their business. The man in the video does a very good job of demonstrating the product. I live in an urban area with plenty of quilters, but the nearest shop listed as having their rulers is in Waco, TX, about 2 hours away, so if I decide to get it, I'd have to order online, and that won't happen with a $10 shipping charge. Maybe I'll see them at a show.
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    I received these as a Christmas gift after making my 6 grandkids Christmas quilts. I am not a very accurate cutter and apparently my husband sensed my frustration of cutting over 3000 2 1/2 inch squares. I have only made one quilt using the new rulers, but my pieces were very accurate.

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    It might be alot cheaper to buy not at a quilt show. Things are usually higher unless like the last day if they put a sale on.

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    After watching the video, I can see the value of these rulers for some quilters. I already have so many ways to cut strips, I really don't need another one. However, I could see someone who likes to use 2.5" squares investing in the 2.5" ruler to accurately subcut multiple layers of 2.5" strips. I'm not particularly keen on that ruler's ability to cut 45-degree angles since it leaves all the dog ears on the pieces. If I had difficulty cutting strips, I could see value in the 6" AQS ruler. The problem with buying the bundle is that some of those rulers may not get used very much. They should make a bundle of the AQS ruler and a 5" for people who want to cut lots of charm squares.

    It's too bad the website is so poor. I think they could do a lot more business with an updated website.

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