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Thread: Quilting Ruler broken...any ideas???

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    Question Quilting Ruler broken...any ideas???

    I am looking for any help you can offer. I have a plastic ruler 22 X 6 that is in two pieces.
    Is there anyway I can glue this and keep using? If so what kind of glue should I use. I like this
    ruler, waited several weeks for it to arrive in the mail, and when I unwrapped it,,,,,there it was in two pieces!! The woman I bought it from just said keep it, and refunded my money....I want to use the ruler!!

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    Why don't you look on Ebay for a replacement. I have purchased great buys in rulers on Ebay, also SewItsForSale, a Yahoo forum. sorry to say, glue does not work on these rulers. You can try, but I have never had any luck.
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    Chances are that if you glue it together your measurements will not be accurate.

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    I would try super glue what have you get to lose?
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    I have heard packaging tape works well, but haven't tried it
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    Depending on the brand of ruler, the manufacturer may replace it.
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    Just my ideal. Maybe somehow, super glue the edge, and hold in place. Or lay it flat, and hold it in place. Then take and buy the 2'' wide clear tape. And tape over the crack/broken spot

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    The good news: Super Glue works perfectly on acrylic, bonds in seconds and never comes apart.
    The bad news: Super Glue bonds on acrylic looks terrible, your measurements may very well be inaccurate, and your edges may have jigs in them.
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    I have a broken ruler that I wrapped with clear packaging tape. Still works great! (And I actually wrapped the whole ruler in the packaging tape because the painted numbers and marking were wearing off. It's my favorite ruler and I can't find another one in the same size. 4" x 16" )

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    I used packing tape on the back of ruler to fix a crack. It's still holding great and it's been years. Be sure and wipe the ruler with alcohol first.
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    if you got your money back, why not buy a new one? Maybe have the half pieces cut down to a usable size. Well anyway, that's what I would do.
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    my husband glued mine with super glue it worked great

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    I stepped on one of mind a few years ago and used some Super Glue, it's still being used.

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    I was tod to buy gorilla glue and press it between two items until sey. Left it over night still fine.
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    If you use packing tape make sure someone holds it tight for you. Tape both sides. Or take your money and just add to it for another one.

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    Broken 15 inch square...I fitted the 2 pieces together perfectly with the wrong side up. I used a long piece of clear tape to connect the 2 pieces. I brought the square with it's new hinge to my table. I laid it right side up (I used the table edge to hinge open the crack))and ran a bead of Super Glue down the crack. I immediately put the whole ruler back up on the table and held it tight together ( making sure the cutting edges were perfect) for a few minutes. I weighted it and let it dry overnight. My 15 inch square is still going strong more than a year later.

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    Why make your life more difficult. Buy another ruler with the money she gave back to you.

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    If possible, I would just cut it down to a smaller rule and buy a replacement if she has refunded your money. Gluing is not always successful - giving you a bump or weak spot on the rule. A similar thing happened to me with a circular template. The business was fair to me and discounted the money from my next purchase. I negotiated this as they were quite prepared to refund. I would go with a new purchase if I were you. All the best.

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    I would just smooth our the cracked edge and use them as smaller rullers . . . depending on where they cracked.

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    One of my rulers broke and my GH glued it back together with something like Super Glue and you can't even tell where it broke. He said the secret was getting it together correctly and then holding it tight. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpea View Post
    I would try super glue what have you get to lose?
    I did that with a 12" square ruler, as long as you glue it accurately it works fine.

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    The total fixer upper. Duct tape. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dolphyngyrl View Post
    I have heard packaging tape works well, but haven't tried it

    This is probably a better idea than glue since it will cause less distortion in your measurements.
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    I would even if the break to eliminate any sharp, or ragged edges and be glad I now have TWO rulers! ( and order a new one to replace the broken one, since you did get your money back.)

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    Years ago my grandson sat on my 6"x 24" ruler and it broke I bought a new one and then continued to use the broken ones where one half was 6"x 10" and the other was 6"x 14" I loved my short rulers and use them always.

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