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Thread: Question on which Shape cut ruler to buy today.

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    Question on which Shape cut ruler to buy today.

    I can get 50% off and free shipping from Joann's online today and don't know which of the two ruler to buy.
    June Tailor shape cut PLUS which is 12" x 18", Cost is $41.99 before
    discount or June Tailor Shape Cut PRO ruler that is 20" x 23" AND IS $79.99 before discount. Can anyone tell me if they have one and which one should I go for. Thank You
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    i wouldn't get either of those.
    lots of practice with a ruler renders them unnecessary.
    also, i'm a bit of a klutz. i can see myself slipping and cutting right through it instead of properly along the slots.
    accidental manicure, anyone? LOL

    i have been kicking around the notion [pun intended] of getting one of the circle rulers, though.
    i have the pack of individual templates, but this one goes up to 10" and offers more sizes.
    a friend of mine let me try hers and i thought it was pretty nifty and more likely to be "me-proof". LOL

    http://www.joann.com/easy-circle-cut/prd54225/

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    The larger one has slots 2.5" apart. Great for cutting your own jelly roll strips, charms and layer cakes. Also, this one will span the entire piece of fabric as it comes from the bolt, which is convenient, but you do need to have a large cutting mat and a place to use it.
    The Plus has slits every half inch, so that's good for sub cutting smaller pieces. If you can double fold fabric from the blot you can cut yardage, but I am not very sucessful.
    If you work mainly with full yardage, I would go with the Pro, if you use mostly FQ's then the Plus is a good choice.
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    I have the smaller one with the slots every 1/2". Cannot use it. It slips and slides and I ended up cutting in the wrong slot a couple of times. I thought I would like it for cutting 1 1/2" sashing strips--I had a ton to cut. I went back to using my 5 x 24" ruler. I know others love theirs, but thought I'd just let you know of my experience.
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    It seems like one of those tools that people love - or can live nicely without.

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    Thanks to all of you for input.
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    I love the small one. You can put something on it to stop the slipping - I used Steady Betty strips, they are wonderful but sometimes hard to find. I don't really care for the sandpaper dots on my regular rulers, but they might be fine for this.

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    I used dabs of hot glue on my rulers. Stops the slipping and is very inexpensive.
    Sue

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    I have the smaller one and I love it. I use it on the days that my carpal tunnel makes my hands shaky. I always use my 2-5 pound weights to keep my rulers from slipping. My DH's idea. Using them for this purpose helps me strengthen my wrists while enjoying my quilting.

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    I got the biggest one, for multiple 2 1/2" cuts and it is great. I don't pull it out for everything but if I am doing a lot of strips it works well. Just be careful that your rotary cutter will go into it. I had trouble with my Fiskar which has no left or right handedness, but my Olfas work fine.
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    I have the larger one and love it for strips. I have used the smaller one, but always get the "V" in my strips 'cuz I guess I don't double fold fabric very well.
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    I have a smaller one and put the clear InvisiGrip stuff on the back. I love it! As with other rulers, it's a good idea to have a couple of fingers on the table, and the others on the ruler as you cut to help reduce slippage. It's not as durable as the heavier rulers are but if you have a lot of strips to cut, it's great. I find that I am more accurate using it. If you can get a decent sale price and expect to use it alot, it's worth it!

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    Thanks, I got the large one today for 50% off.
    Quote Originally Posted by katier825 View Post
    I have a smaller one and put the clear InvisiGrip stuff on the back. I love it! As with other rulers, it's a good idea to have a couple of fingers on the table, and the others on the ruler as you cut to help reduce slippage. It's not as durable as the heavier rulers are but if you have a lot of strips to cut, it's great. I find that I am more accurate using it. If you can get a decent sale price and expect to use it alot, it's worth it!
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    I have the 12x18 one and LOVE it...it is such a time saver, it does take folding the fabric well though to be successful with it. In addition to use it to cut strips, once strips are sewn into sets it makes cutting the sets such a breeze. I would love to have the newer largest one to cut the 2-1/2" strips...not at this time...but can put it on my "wish list" and dream.

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    I like using my 5" x 24" ruler because it has the lip on it I can hang off the edge of the mat to help hold it straight.

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    I Have the little one (12 x 18) and wouldn't trade it for anything. I use it for strips and squares.......I cut 400 5" squares in no time at all over the weekend. I don't have anything on mine, just make sure I hold it steady. It's my favorite ruler! I got mine on amazon.com for like 20 or $22, but I've had it for a few months.
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    I use mine to square up blocks, cut yardage, and to cut strips. You don't have to use it all the time for it to be useful to have. Like any tool, you have to practice using it to get the results you want.
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    To avoid cutting in the wrong slots, I put a mark at each measurement I want by using a dry erase marker. It wipes off easily when you are done

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    The 12x18 cuts 1/2 inch increments making it more versative the 20x23 cuts 2 1/2 inch increments so it is very limiting in my opinion I have the 12x18 and love it
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    I was lucky enough to get one(the larger one) from a quilting friend who had bought two at a Show and I love it. I make my own strips and they're far more accurately cut than the bought jelly rolls (yes, even Moda). It's a fabulous ruler.
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    I have not even seen the larger ones. I own a 1/4" slot one which I think is just about useless because it tends to wobble. I use the 1/2" one for almost all of my basic cutting. I am on my third one, because they are a bit on the flimsy side. One of my guild sisters commented recently that I have an unusual style of cutting, due to wrist damage. I wrap my fist around the cutter, little finger down. Most rullers are not handy for me. This one is perfect for me, whether I am cutting strips, trimming HSTs or half hexagon units.

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    Quilt in a Day had them on sale yesterday.....cheaper. Don't know if they are still on sale tho.

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    I have the one with 1/2 inch slots. I use it all the time, love it! When I want to cut 2 1/2 inch strips, I put tape on it to be sur I use the correct slots. It makes the cutting go faster. I don't have to stop and think where to place my ruler.

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    I just bought the smaller one at Joanns with my 50% off coupon can't wait to try it....I would love to have the Pro.....

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    I have the large one I really do like it. I also, have seen Eleanor Burns use them a lot. If she uses them, they can't all be bad. I thinks she is so talented. I guess it depends what kind of cutting you do a lot of. Sorry I'm not much help. Happy shopping.
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