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Thread: Which ruler to buy?

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    Which ruler to buy for the first ruler to buy for the beginner?

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    6x24

    you can use it to cut yardage and to cut smaller pieces too.

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    Dido-what fabric_fancy said.

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    I would say a 6 1/2" X 24" it will cover most things you will want to cut :D:D:D

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    I agree with fabric_fancy and Summer Spice

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    I would buy two - a 6 x 24, for sure, and 6 x 12 to be less weidly with smaller cuts. Whatever size(s) you get, make SURE they are the same brand ... or that the brand will also be available later. Don't mix brands because they can measure differently (I made that mistake.)

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    I would agree 6x24 -- get it at Joann's at 50% off and you have a good buy too.

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    I would say 6 1/2 x 24 for the first and then a 4 x 14 for the second.

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    They all have the size right. As far as brand...I love the Quilter's Rule..it had the grippies on the back and when you push down to cut it grips the fabric. I've tried several different brands and I always go back to that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    6x24

    you can use it to cut yardage and to cut smaller pieces too.
    yep..this is the ONE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    6x24

    you can use it to cut yardage and to cut smaller pieces too.
    yep..this is the ONE...

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    I am different, I like my 8 1/2" x 24".

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    I agree with Sadiemae...I prefer the 8 1/2 x 24 particularly when cutting borders. Alot of times you want/need a 6 in. finished piece which is 6 1/2 in. cut. But I would also recommend a smaller 6 in. x 10 in. for those smaller cutting requirements. But make sure both are of the same manufacturer and both contain at least 45 and 60 degree markings. Those will keep you going for ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1
    I would agree 6x24 -- get it at Joann's at 50% off and you have a good buy too.
    I agree !

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnLady1
    I would agree 6x24 -- get it at Joann's at 50% off and you have a good buy too.
    exactly! they are expensive!

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    After the 6 by 24, I use my little 6 1/2 and 12 1/2 square rulers a lot.

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    To Summer Spice --Love your avatar!! I have the girl pattern, but what is the background? What about little squares size?

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    I have several rulers bought over the years. The one that I use the most (all the time, actually) is the 6 1/2 x 12. I have almost worn the markings off, and will be so upset when it can't be used anymore. I needed a 12 1/2 x 12 1/12 ruler to square up blocks for a class I was taking. I got a set of 4 at JoAnn's with a coupon for about $17.00. Thought I got a good deal!!!
    Sue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am different, I like my 8 1/2" x 24".
    me too.

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    Looks like we are all in agreement-6 1/2x24.

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    One of the first rulers I bought was the Quilter's Rule with the ridges on the back.

    What I don't like about it now - the lines are "thick" - and I like the rulers with "thinner" lines now.

    Creative grids has an 8.5 x 24.5 ruler - it's nice, but I do need to pay attention to the markings on it.

    I think the 6.5 x 24 ruler would probably be the most useful - if one could only have one.

    The next choice - if I could only have one - would be a 6.5 x 12 ruler.

    For small cuts, I love my 4 x 8 Omnigrid ruler with the 1/8 inch markings.

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    I find the 6x24 too long to handle for smaller cuts. I usually fold my fabric to where I can use the 6x12. I also like my big square to square up my 12" blocks and a smaller square for the 6" blocks.

    As important as the size is the color and how well you can read the lines on the fabric (dark and light). I'd suggest go to a store and test drive a few to see what you like.

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    I have a 6x24 and that's all I had for years. It was difficult to square up blocks, though, so finally got a 12.5x12.5. I love it for squaring up and it works OK for cutting strips when the shorter ruler will work. I just bought a 6.5x6.5 but haven't used it yet. The big square is unweildy for squaring up small blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    I find the 6x24 too long to handle for smaller cuts. I usually fold my fabric to where I can use the 6x12. I also like my big square to square up my 12" blocks and a smaller square for the 6" blocks.

    As important as the size is the color and how well you can read the lines on the fabric (dark and light). I'd suggest go to a store and test drive a few to see what you like.
    I forgot about color! They come in various ones, now.

    And frosted, vs. clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I am different, I like my 8 1/2" x 24".
    me too.
    I agree!

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