Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 78

Thread: Rulers that were a waste of money?

  1. #1
    Power Poster
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    MN
    Posts
    19,404
    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.

  2. #2
    Super Member sewcrafty's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    3,958
    I have a triangle ruler and a dresden plate ruler that I've never used. You never know though, it might come in handy one day!! :lol:

  3. #3
    Super Member DebraK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West Coast
    Posts
    9,193
    I use them all one time or another.

  4. #4
    Community Manager PatriceJ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    7,167
    Blog Entries
    3
    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:

  5. #5
    Marjpf's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Greater Los Angeles Area
    Posts
    1,915
    I have a triangle ruler that I have never used. Saw it in a demo at a quilt show and looked so fun when they did it. Got it home and wondered where my head was when I bought it.

  6. #6
    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West central Illinois
    Posts
    2,973
    i have a marti mitchell kaleido ruler. Love it, but not as interested in it as I thought I would be. i have a 60 degree triangle that i love though.

  7. #7
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    I have those circle wedge ruler, never used, but I do not regret buying them, just waiting for the right fabric to move me out of the chair to the rulers.

  8. #8
    farscapegal
    Guest
    I love rulers. I guess I just like collecting them because I only use a portion of what I have but if a new one comes out I will buy it.

    Sybil

  9. #9
    Super Member charismah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Ephrata, WA
    Posts
    8,914
    Blog Entries
    29
    I have the Eleanor Burns..Flying Geese Ruler..waste of my money....there are way better ones out there.

  10. #10
    bj
    bj is offline
    Super Member bj's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Ft. Worth, Texas
    Posts
    3,559
    I have one like Patrice's that I can't use very successfully. I find I'm too short for it. I can't reach that far anyway. My favorite is 5" wide and about 14" long.

  11. #11
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    2,929
    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.

  12. #12
    Power Poster ann clare's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Navan. Co. Meath. Ireland
    Posts
    15,127
    I have a triangle ruler that I never used.

  13. #13
    Super Member no1jan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    2,094
    I bought the Dritz See-Thru Dressmaker's Ruler as it had slits at different measurements. 1/4', 1/2" etc. I thought it would help with marking for the 1/4" seams. It did not say "Quilter's Ruler"!

    The spaces are so wide, it is useless.
    http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/dritz-dr-621.php

    Last week I used the 1/4" tape by Collins on a quilt I was making. I couldn't remove it after sewing even though I didn't sew on the tape itself. When I called Collins, they told me it was actually made by Dritz.

    I also had a problem with a seam ripper they made, the little round ball fell off.

    I will never buy one of their products again, at least no knowingly!

  14. #14
    Super Member CajunQuilter2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Back home in Louisiana for now....where next?? who knows....
    Posts
    3,296
    Quote Originally Posted by Marjpf
    I have a triangle ruler that I have never used. Saw it in a demo at a quilt show and looked so fun when they did it. Got it home and wondered where my head was when I bought it.
    LOL, that sounds just like me. Have done that so many times on different things............

  15. #15
    Super Member knlsmith's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    West central Illinois
    Posts
    2,973
    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.
    ROFL!! :)

  16. #16
    Super Member GailG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    6,764
    I have a ruler thingy that fits over cording or a zipper to trim a quarter inch seam. Why did I even buy that thing? Saw it used at a purse demonstration and thought "Oh this is what I need." :roll:

  17. #17
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    I have a ruler thingy that fits over cording or a zipper to trim a quarter inch seam. Why did I even buy that thing? Saw it used at a purse demonstration and thought "Oh this is what I need." :roll:
    I use mine often! I guess once you use it a couple of times, it sure makes things easier.

  18. #18
    Pam
    Pam is offline
    Super Member Pam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Southern Illinois
    Posts
    3,713
    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.
    They gave it away because they cut off the end of a finger, and wanted to share in the fun!

  19. #19
    Super Member GailG's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Louisiana
    Posts
    6,764
    Quote Originally Posted by Pam
    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    I have a ruler thingy that fits over cording or a zipper to trim a quarter inch seam. Why did I even buy that thing? Saw it used at a purse demonstration and thought "Oh this is what I need." :roll:
    I use mine often! I guess once you use it a couple of times, it sure makes things easier.
    I know this sounds like a dumb question, but do you use it in quilt making? I don't sew on zippers or cordings anymore, so I've never really tried to use it in any other way.

  20. #20
    Moderator littlehud's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    SW Iowa
    Posts
    32,958
    I don't have many rulers and I use most of them. I did buy a dresden plate one I haven't used yet. Someday....

  21. #21
    Junior Member Corry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Okeechobee, Florida
    Posts
    287
    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

  22. #22
    Power Poster RedGarnet222's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Reno, Nv
    Posts
    14,474
    There is a couple of cute tutorials on the dresden plate ruler over at missouri star quilt company that I watched today. It showed how to use the charm packs for the ruler. I like the idea of using some of the ones I bought and haven't used of those up.

  23. #23

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    462
    I have the Eleanor Burns flying geese rulers and love them.I haven't bought a ruler I don't use.

  24. #24
    reach for the stars 2's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    ILL.
    Posts
    3,568
    Flying geese ruler and pretty much anything Eleanor Burns. Met her in person she is a little silly.

  25. #25
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Daphne, AL
    Posts
    125
    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!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Page 1 of 4 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.