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Thread: Quilting rulers.....which ones to buy?

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    I too have heard from a LQS that you should always use the same brand of rulers, what made me skeptical was that statement was followed by a sales pitch for these new wonderful rulers. I do have my favorite rulers but I use what I have on hand just as I would use whichever tape measure's in the tool box when cutting wood. Seems to me that the variables would come more from having human eyes, thread thickness and general sewing, as in all quarter inch feet are not created equally. We all find out what works best for us, as long as we're learning and enjoying the process, right.

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    Stitch 124 Someone may have already made this statement, I have not read all 10 pages of posts. Here is my thought on what you instructor was saying. When you do a project keep using the same ruler and cutting mat, not a certain brand. Although rullers and mats should be the same they may not be. SOOO do not change rullers and cutting mats during a project. I have many rullers I try to use the same ruler and mat I start a project with if I do need to use a diffrent ruller I try to use the same brand as the first ruler I used. I hope this helps. yippie

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    The Creative Grids ruler has thin lines. It's nice. The ruler with the thick yellow lines is hard to decide where to center your fabric. That's why I quit using those rulers. The fat yellow lines were very thick and sometimes I would use the inside of the yellow line or the middle of the yellow line or the outside of the yellow line. Nothing would be the same. Creative Grids gives you only one choice. One thin line.
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    I don't consciously use just one Mfgrs rulers, or cutting mats, however it turns out my favorites, most used are all from teh same Mfgr. The only time I use somethinng else is when the preferred Mfgrs does not have the tool I need. Gues I am an equal opportunity quilter, HOWEVER. I do make sure that they are cutting the same measurement if not they are history.
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    I second the idea of going to the store and trying the rulers on a mat and on the fabric. An inch is an inch but on some rulers you cut to the outside of the line to get the inch and others you dont.

    Adopt a cutting system (matt or ruler only) and a ruler company would be a good start. Get a 24 inch ruler (I use my 8 1/2 by 24 but that's me) and a square. Then next one I use alot is a 2 1/2 by 18ish.

    I own several, whole drawer full, but I use a couple constantly and the others rarely. But when I do want them, they are there. Just pulled one out of the drawer last night. Practically had to dust it off but was glad I had it.

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    Stick with one brand. I would get a 6 x 12 or larger to start. I am a bit anal and buy the different squares depending on the project. I can mess up anything so if I need a square square I buy the size I need. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the slotted ruler I have that is slotted at 1/2" increments.

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    Creative Grids for the thin lines and no-slip feature and June Taylor Shape Cut. I have 25 kajillion rulers and I find myself reaching for the June Taylor every time I cut strips for a project. I can have 6-8 strips cut in less than 30 seconds and all are perfectly accurate. Take a look on You Tube for the June Taylor videos. That's what convinced me.
    However, I like having the ruler I need for the job I'm doing. Sometimes, I need a very small, maybe 3" square for working while at the machine. Sometimes, I need a 24" square for block squaring. I even bought one that unfolds into a large right angle and have used it several times to square up quilt corners. But June Taylor is the most used.

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    June Tailor Shape Cut Plus will give you more bang for your buck than the Shape Cut. Once you start using these slotted rulers you won't use anything else.

    The Martelli mats are just the best. Thicker than the Olfa and Omnigrid and you don't have to store them flat. And they can take the heat and won't get warped. Pricier than the others but I feel like I've gotten my money's worth.

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    Make sure you can easily see the markings on the ruler. I have one with black markings and I hardly ever use it because it's hard to see the marks on medium - dark fabric. I much prefer to use an Omnigrid that's the same size, because I can see the marks much easier. Some rulers are not necessary to make a pattern, others make it easier &/or faster. Probably every person on this Board have rulers they've bought and never used. Spend your money wisely.

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    I have every size square made but dont use them much. Have the shape cut for strips and dont use it.
    Some specialty rulers like the x box and never used them.
    I use both my 6 in by 12 and 24 the all the time. Both by the same manufacturer.
    The specialty ruler I do use alot is Quilt In A Days triangle square up ruler. Love it. One cut for a perfect half sq triangle.
    I do use a large 16 in square ruler for squaring up the corners of the quilt then use my 6 by 24 for the sides.
    Last edited by Rose Marie; 03-16-2013 at 06:31 AM.

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    I only use Omnigrid/Omnigrip rulers as all of the other rulers confuse me, I'm number dyslexic.
    The reason to use one brand of ruler is some rulers are off slightly and it'll really mess up your quilt if you switch brands.
    I used to teach beginning quilting and the best rulers to start with are: 6"x24",6.5" square and 6"x12". Also the Olfa mats, I don't use the lines on the mat as I'm not using the Olfa rulers.
    Last edited by purplefiend; 03-17-2013 at 02:18 PM. Reason: added text and edited.

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