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Old 05-27-2017, 05:51 PM
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ube quilting mentioned on this thread

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about her ruler getting worn down and then her strips had a curve in them.


I have had this happen with my rulers, too.

It took me a while to figure out why - when I moved my ruler - and had not moved the fabric - why the edge of the fabric was not "straight" on the measuring line.

Turns out that i had worn a curve into the edge of the ruler. When I finally set it on a straight surface - like my kitchen counter - I could see that my ruler was making a shallow arch.

Of course it caused me pain to discard the ruler - but it caused me more pain to have wonky strips.
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My 6 x 24 is quite old and I do need a new one. I have been thinking about it for several years. Maybe now is the time.
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I haven't followed that thread so glad this came up as I would never have thought about my ruler getting an arch to it, but it makes sense.
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I haven't worn an arch in the edge, but have had several of my favorites wear off the printed numbers and lines.
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Wow, I would never have expected to have that happen.
I did noticeably wear out the starting corner on one of my rulers. So now when using the rotary cutter I don't begin at the end of the ruler (and slice off the corner). Instead I begin ahead of the corner a bit, roll backwards just to the end of the ruler, then forward with the cut.
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I just bought a new one for this very reason.
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Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
Wow, I would never have expected to have that happen.
I did noticeably wear out the starting corner on one of my rulers. So now when using the rotary cutter I don't begin at the end of the ruler (and slice off the corner). Instead I begin ahead of the corner a bit, roll backwards just to the end of the ruler, then forward with the cut.
excellent idea!
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I bought the new Quilter's Select rulers. They are nice. No glare and non slip, none. Most of my rulers are Creative Grids. I have a lot of other brands that I never use.
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Originally Posted by JustAbitCrazy View Post
Wow, I would never have expected to have that happen.
I did noticeably wear out the starting corner on one of my rulers. So now when using the rotary cutter I don't begin at the end of the ruler (and slice off the corner). Instead I begin ahead of the corner a bit, roll backwards just to the end of the ruler, then forward with the cut.
This is how I was taught to cut too in my first quilting class at Paducah quilt show. It's automatic to me now.
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Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
ube quilting mentioned on this thread

http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...e-t288400.html

about her ruler getting worn down and then her strips had a curve in them.


I have had this happen with my rulers, too.

It took me a while to figure out why - when I moved my ruler - and had not moved the fabric - why the edge of the fabric was not "straight" on the measuring line.

Turns out that i had worn a curve into the edge of the ruler. When I finally set it on a straight surface - like my kitchen counter - I could see that my ruler was making a shallow arch.

Of course it caused me pain to discard the ruler - but it caused me more pain to have wonky strips.
Mine was really old, about 20yrs. I put a piece of masking tape on top of that side of the ruler and marked it ,
NO NO NO. The other three edges are still good.
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