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bob1414 01-21-2011 08:59 AM

I was told by my friend that had owned a quilt shop to never use the lines on the mat - they're innacurate. She said to always use the lines on the rulers. That's what I do now and my piecing is much more accurate!!!

Decoratenu 01-21-2011 09:36 AM

I only use the lines as a general guideline to keep things straight, but my ruler/ templates are what I follow & ALWAYS use the same ruler during a project, to ensure things are exactly the same. Believe me, they're not all even! If I have to change rulers (too long or short) in the middle of my project, then I double check it against the one I was using before. The only time I would rely on the mat lines is if it's a quick project w/ a lot of room for error.

SewExtremeSeams 01-21-2011 09:59 AM


Originally Posted by mom-6
Sometimes I will use the lines on the mat and sometimes I'll use only the lines on the ruler. If it is a measurement wider than my ruler that's the only way it can be done! For the ones that are within the ruler's width I usually don't bother with also lining it up with the lines on the mat.

Mom-6 says it so well. I use mine the way she does.

Olivia's Grammy 01-21-2011 09:59 AM

I use the line on the mat to lay my fabric straight, then use the ruler to measure my cuts. I try to use the same ruler for all the cuts. I really, really love the June Tailor Shape Cutter ruler, then I don't have to use any other lines.

cbuchanan 01-21-2011 10:01 AM

The only time I use the lines on the mat is when I am squaring up the edge of my fabric to begin cutting. I always use my ruler for any other cutting.

ann clare 01-21-2011 10:55 AM

I use the ruler. Have never used the lines on the mat to line up. Never had any problems.

pennijanine 01-21-2011 10:55 AM


Originally Posted by Lisa_wanna_b_quilter
I use the lines on the mat, but the lines on my ruler do match it. I line the fabric up on the mat, place the ruler on the fabric and match ruler lines to mat lines.

This is how I do also.

keelybird57 01-21-2011 11:20 AM

I never used the lines on the mat till I watched Ricky Timms. He's so about making it fast and simple! If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me.

But truthfully, I use my ruler more than the lines and along with the lines. Old habits...

Cuilteanna 01-21-2011 11:39 AM

My mat doesn't have lines on the side I use, and they're metric on the other side which only confuses me! I've only ever used my rulers.

quiltingmimipj 01-21-2011 12:04 PM

I never use the mat for measuring.


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