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Thread: Rulers that were a waste of money?

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    I have the EB flying geese rulers and they are okay but I like the one by Lazy Girl better. Used my triangle on a tube quilt. It was the first time I have used it in about 6 years.

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    I have recently bought some rulers and not used them yet, but, I sure hope to, one day.

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    I have recently bought some rulers and not used them yet, but, I sure hope to, one day.

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    I use my 6 X 24" ruler every day.....I wouldn't know how to cut fabric WOF without it....get those little rough dots and put them in 3 places on both sides of the ruler and it won't slip while you are cutting with it....also, press down hard on the ruler, cut halfway up and then move your hand up the ruler and cut the rest of the way. I think the only ones I don't use are those triangle ones.

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    Corry,
    Try laying it on a gridded ironing board and pin where each seam should be. Then use lots of steam and see if you can't get it to shrink down to the size it needs to be.

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    I have a 12 inch metal ruler that the markings are so small I can't even see the marking on it with glasses on!

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    The best ruler I have ever purchases is a 18" X 6 with adjustable locking fabric Guide made by Westalee design. It has 2 screws that you adjust the wide you want, then put it next to the fabric to be cut and it holds it in place.
    One that I have never use is a dresden, but then I have never made a dresden plate yet, so it may come in handy someday.
    Also, I use a hand on all my rulers that can be purchases at quilt shops or in the bath supply dept. That helps hold the ruler in place, keeps finger away from the cutting area. It's worth every penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i have a 4" x 36" ruler. i thought it would come in handy for cutting all the away across the width of folded yardage. turns out i'm not coordinated enough to keep the ruler straight over that long a cut. :lol:
    Just discovered the foam sheets with adhesive backing, cut 1/4 inch squares and put on the back and the ruler does not move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobbielinks
    Someone once gave me a 24 x 1 1/2 inch ruler. I haven't found a use for it yet, but, hi, I've only had it for about 5 years - surely something will come up that I will need it.
    I have that one, I use it on the frame; put it under the clamp when it saggs. LOL

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    I bought 2 rulers that have the 1/4" lip on one end. I don't think that they will be accurate enough for me so I never use them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    Which rulers did you buy that you find hard to use - or don't use at all?

    I bought some of the triangle ones that I have trouble understanding the markings on.
    I have a Lazy Angle ruler that I have never used, but a neighbor did borrow it once!

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    I have a couple of triangles that I don't use, but you never know. I don't think you can have too many rulers. I used a right angle triangle for a quilt recently, and I was glad to have it. I do a lot of paper-piecing and I love the Add-a-quarter and Add-an-eighth rulers. I wouldn't want to paper piece without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I have the Eleanor Burns..Flying Geese Ruler..waste of my money....there are way better ones out there.
    I love my EB flying geese rulers--I have 4 sizes. I'm going to make a star quilt this fall and that's what I'll use to make the points. I've got F&P one and don't care for that one. I find EB's method quicker and better than anything else I've seen.

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    I have rulers I have never used so I don't know if they were a waste buy or not. If a ruler is on clearance below 1/2 price, I buy it. I have one that is only for 7/8" measurements. From 1 7/8" to 6 7/8". I use it more then I thought I would.

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    I'm a 'gadgeteer'! When a new ruler comes out (or anything else), I buy it. I have a Salem folding ruler - useless. I have many triangle rulers I don't use. I purchased the Hunter's Star ruler and plan to use it - someday. My favorites are 6x12, 6 1/2" square. Could get by just fine with these.

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    I have a couple of different rulers I bought for a class and never used again.

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    I have a box full of rulers and only use a couple all the time. My favorite has the black paint markings almost worn off the bottom, it is 8" x 24", and the other is 6 1/2" x 24".

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    I bought the Eleanor Burns flying geese rulers about a year ago or so. Although i've only used them a few times, I have to say I really like them. I've seen other ways of making the geese, but this way works for me just fine. I'm sure you will like them as I do. If not, they weren't that much and you can try another method and see if that works better for you.
    Quote Originally Posted by Corry
    Ohhhh...Nooo...lol Don't tell me this. I just bought two of these and have not even got them yet. Hoping they will help me do the flying geese better. I pieced a Christmas quilt last december and did a border of flying geese in it and then a 5 inch plain border around that. Well, it looks good but recently I got it out and laid it out on my table to measure it again. I was going to get the backing ready for this quilt and get it all laid out with the backing, batting and quilt top and get it pinned so I could quilt it....NOT. It will not lay flat! There is no way i think it can be quilted! I measured here and there to see why it is laying so wonky. My flying geese have it so out of wack that it won't lay flat. It is off almost two inches in one area. Well also the middle of the quilt is a piece of what we call cheater cloth. Looks quilted but not.....I thought it would be good practice for freemotion quilting on this. It was off a little on being entirely square when I cut it out. I cut it along the design on the fabric but it was off...and the fabric was not cheap but the design was sure off. So guess it will now be a table cloth...lol I was disapointed as this quilt was going to be my project for practicing free motion quilting before I worked on a quilt top that was more special. Anyway, I bought the Flying geese rulers by Eleanor Burns to help me learn to make "good geese"...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peggy
    I never use the 2 rulers that I have that are designed to fit over the edge of a table. My sewing table edge is 1" deep. Why did I purchase them? BEATS ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I don't hook mine on the edge of the table. I put the "lip" against the edge of the mat.

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    LOL So glad to see I am not the only spendthrift! I spent $99 plus tax on guidelines 4 quilting rulers, sounded good, but still haven't figured out how to convert patterns to make them work! sheesh

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismah
    I have the Eleanor Burns..Flying Geese Ruler..waste of my money....there are way better ones out there.
    Ditto

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    Yes, I eventually used the dresden Plate ruler, the triangle ones I find hard to read, stilll have them, maybe I will use them someday.

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    I don't like the cloudy ones.

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    I have a lot of rulers and even stepped on a few and broke them when I didn't realize they had fallen to the floor. I think that most of us will use all of our rulers one day or another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    i have a 4" x 36" ruler. i thought it would come in handy for cutting all the away across the width of folded yardage. turns out i'm not coordinated enough to keep the ruler straight over that long a cut. :lol:
    PatriceJ, LOL, that's the same ruler I have a don't use, and for the exact same reason! I thought I was the only one that couldn't use it!
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