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Thread: If you are a quilter and don't have one of these.....

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    If you are a quilter and don't have one of these.....

    You are really missing the boat. I got this gadget called Rule Steady for Christmas and I love it!!! I will never cut a piece of fabric without it! With just a tad of pressure on the handle, the ruler underneath cannot move at all! You can use it on any size ruler, large or small. It is from Australia, but there is a shop in Indiana that sells it. It was $89. but will save tons of fabric due to have to constantly straightening because the ruler "slipped".
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    I have been making quilts for about 44-45 yrs and I don't have one, just get along without it.
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    What a lovely gift. That is a great tip. Thank you for sharing.
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    I have this quilt book from the late 1980's and it is so hilarious to read. It says Quilting is such an easy hobby. You just take scissors, thread and needle and a ruler and that is all you need to enjoy a wonderful hobby like quilting. I have so many gadgets now I think I will pass on this, even though it does look nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    I have been making quilts for about 44-45 yrs and I don't have one, just get along without it.
    Me too, and I haven't miscut $89 worth of fabric in all that time...not even close.
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    Looks pretty handy. Good idea.

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    It is not a quilting toy or gadget it is a safety tool. I bought one of each size when I saw them online some years ago. I had a cutter slip and go over my ruler and if I didn't have this on my ruler I know it would have been one bad accident. The added bonus of keeping the fabric perfectly in line is great. I've posted before about how important this tool is and always get the same replies of it's too expensive, it is just another gadget. I hope no one gets a bad cut from a rotary cutter but it's likely to happen then not.
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    I have this also and also believe it is more for safety than worrying about wasting fabric. BUT, it does a fabulous job of helping to cut.
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    Lucky you to get one for Christmas!

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    I put small dots of sandpaper on the bottom of my rulers and they don't slip at all. I use super glue to attach them and put 3 small ones down the center of the rulers. I only use the sandpaper on the 18" and 24" straight rulers. I don't use them on the square ups.
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    I don't quite understand how it works, but I will keep an eye out for it. I must say, cutting is my weakness. Thanks for the info.

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    I just cut my thumb last week.....got a little aggressive with my rotary cutter Is this similar to the ruler "handles"???
    It looks like this one has a bit of a guard on it. Thanks for the info
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wanabee Quiltin View Post
    I have this quilt book from the late 1980's and it is so hilarious to read. It says Quilting is such an easy hobby. You just take scissors, thread and needle and a ruler and that is all you need to enjoy a wonderful hobby like quilting. I have so many gadgets now I think I will pass on this, even though it does look nice.
    That's all I knew when I started last year (plus a sewing machine) - didn't even have a rotary cutter...figured if I could sew in a straight line and use a scissors I'd muddle through. What a riot! It's amazing how much stuff we need for precision piecing and machine quilting.
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    You know, at first thought this seemed like a pricey item that I could easily do without. But living 20 miles out in the country and often using my rotary cutter when there's no one else at home, the safety factor (as well as no-slip cutting help) has won me over and I've ordered one. I had never heard of the Rule Steady before, so thanks for posting!

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    WOW! Great gift. I would like to see it used before I take the "leap".
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    Quote Originally Posted by luvstoquilt View Post
    WOW! Great gift. I would like to see it used before I take the "leap".
    This video might be helpful:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKpqNqK1q80

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    that is really neat looking, I have seen the handles that you attach to your ruler to help you hold it steady, but I did not know they made one this fancy... thanks for sharing
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    Gadgets, gadgets, and more gadgets. I have too many now and can't find the one I want when needed. I think the quilting business has become just that. It's getting to be all about money, and all the things that look interesting are priced too high to start with. All this could discourage a new potential quilter to shy away from it. This is something that should be relaxing and enjoyable as well as providing covers for our beds. I find the basics are mostly used and leaves more money for fabrics and threads. I love the finished product but when I look at it and see $200 or more invested, I don't want to use it. I won't have many of those either. I love to make them for my children and grandchild and they use them and wash them more than I would. I prefer to be more economical. Just my opinion. Blessings to those that can afford all the expensive things. I feel blessed to have what I have.

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    Thank you so much for the info. I watch the utube on this and it really looks great. Yes I would say we do not always have the ruler slip but I have had this happen and it has always been at a really bad time - no more fabric can not get anymore ect. I went on line to the site in Australia and was able to get it for 70.00 with shipping. I can hardly wait to try it out. Thank you again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShabbyTabby View Post
    I put small dots of sandpaper on the bottom of my rulers and they don't slip at all. I use super glue to attach them and put 3 small ones down the center of the rulers. I only use the sandpaper on the 18" and 24" straight rulers. I don't use them on the square ups.

    That works to keep the ruler from slipping but it won't prevent a cut when the cutter goes over the ruler. Believe me one bad cut and it can be serious for a long time and very very expensive. The Gypsy ruler holders work great and are less expensive as well as F&P rotary cutting glove. I take the large and small Gypsy Grippers with me to workshops and classes. My Rule Steady doesn't leave my sewing room. I won't use a rotary cutter without a safety tool.
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    This looks interesting. I had not seen one before. Thanks for the video,it helped.
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    I think I'd like that. Will have to find a local shop that sells it. I'm a gadget person.

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    Nice gift I am sure you will enjoy and will be safe too. Thanks for sharing.
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    As one who has cut the tip of her finger off in a rotary cutter accident, this device looks really good to me. Thanks for sharing the pictures, I'll be sure to keep an eye on it for the future.
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    Where in Indiana is this available? I see online from Australia they are $50. Pretty salty.

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