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    I have heard how important it is to use the same ruler to complete a project, but who wants to use a big long ruler when subcutting a piece into little pieces.

    Is it okay to use different sized rulers made by the same company? Are the measurements consistent within the company?

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    Compare your rulers - if they're different, I would not use them both for the same project. I've talked to lots of quilters who will not use the gridded cutting mats for measuring because the grids are not accurate - I've measured mine and I'm happy with it.

    I did discover that 2 of my rulers are NOT accurate on 2 sides. Thankfully, I was drawing lines on paper, not cutting fabric, when I discovered this. They're about 1/16th of an inch too large, which WILL add up! Now that I know this, I make sure I don't measure on those sides.

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    gridded cutting mats = the thing you lay your fabric on and not a "gridded" ruler???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xstitshmom
    gridded cutting mats = the thing you lay your fabric on and not a "gridded" ruler???
    yes, the grids on your cutting mat :D

    I will compare my smaller ruler(s) with my larger one(s) and then if they match up I am comfortable using them all on the same project :D:D:D

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    Honestly, I've never heard that about rulers. I use many different rulers doing my projects and I've never had a problem.

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    A lot of people (me included) don't like the rulers that have a wide yellow line printed around a thin black line. If you measure at the outer edge of the yellow line instead of the center of the black line, you'll be a couple of threads off, which doesn't sound like much, but added up over several blocks, it will make a difference. I think those rulers make it hard to see, so I don't use them anymore.

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    My rulers are almost all the yellow/black omni grid so I use whatever size is best for what I'm doing. I also use a june tailor shape cut ruler and I have a truecut ruler plus a fiskars craft ruler w/ the blade attached and a regular 6 x 24 fiskars ruler. I use them all and so far no problems.

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    I use whatever ruler I have handy. I use mostly Omnigrid, but have used others (especially square rulers) when necessary.

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    Dumb question, but where do you put the fabric on the line? Right at the right edge, at the left edge or in the middle. Also some lines are thicker than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    Dumb question, but where do you put the fabric on the line? Right at the right edge, at the left edge or in the middle. Also some lines are thicker than others.
    Doesn't matter as long as you're consistent.
    Some people cut "wide", some cut "narrow".
    This can also be affected by whether you are tall or short, stand to cut, or table height, did you know that?

    Jan in VA

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by Xstitshmom
    gridded cutting mats = the thing you lay your fabric on and not a "gridded" ruler???
    yes, the grids on your cutting mat :D

    I will compare my smaller ruler(s) with my larger one(s) and then if they match up I am comfortable using them all on the same project :D:D:D
    This is the first time i heard different between rulers :!:
    So many rulers, many mesurments , cused many sizes, we need squaring for our rulers :shock: :evil:

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    I mix my rulers and seldom have a problem. When I do it's almost always operator error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PegD
    Dumb question, but where do you put the fabric on the line? Right at the right edge, at the left edge or in the middle. Also some lines are thicker than others.
    I use the black line that's in the center of the yellow or green. To me, it's not very thick so no worry about one side or the other.

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    i try to stay with the same brand of rulers. I believe within each brand the marks are consistent. but it is best to measure to make sure so you can adjust accordingly.
    I use the 6x24 and the 6"x12 from Omnigrid a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jan in VA
    Doesn't matter as long as you're consistent.
    Some people cut "wide", some cut "narrow".
    This can also be affected by whether you are tall or short, stand to cut, or table height, did you know that?
    YES

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    Quote Originally Posted by maine ladybug
    Honestly, I've never heard that about rulers. I use many different rulers doing my projects and I've never had a problem.
    basically me too.. i have laid different brand rulers on top of each other, and have not found them to be different.
    i will say, i do not like using the rulers that have the 1/2 in mark on the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    i try to stay with the same brand of rulers. I believe within each brand the marks are consistent. but it is best to measure to make sure so you can adjust accordingly.
    I use the 6x24 and the 6"x12 from Omnigrid a lot.
    the 6 x 24 Creative Grids is my go to ruler.

    i think every beginner needs the 6 x 24 ruler, no matter what the brand name it...

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    I think that when rulers (and rotary cutter) were first put on the market, there were a lot of inconsistancies, but we have come a long way with manufacturing and what quilters really want out of products. Twenty years ago, many manufacturers were not as accurate with products as they are now.

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    I have a 6x24 OLD Dritz with brown markings that I use to cut, but never to measure. I try to use the same ruler when measuring, usually a 12x12 or 6x6, same brand. It just makes sense.

    Funny how we get "comfortable" with rulers. I don't like the yellow Omni rulers. I can't see the markings as well.

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    I use the "Quilters Rule: rulers. They have a gripper strip on the lines that aid in stable cutting. It is also important to remember the line is part of the fabric, not off the fabric.

    These rulers don't have all those distracting designs on it. just lines and measurements.

    Julia

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