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Thread: Slippery rulers!- Is there anything that will help?

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    Haven't read all the replies, so don't know if this suggestion was added. Forgive the redundancy if it has. I have used the sand paper dots, the gripper and a couple of other things. The best advice I ever received, and the only thing that has worked for me is to use my hand. Yes, that's right. Put your hand flat onto the ruler. Then move your pinkie, your ring finger, and part of the palm of your hand off the ruler and on to the cutting board. If you remember to do this, you will have no more problems with your ruler slipping.

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    I use nexcare first aid tape made by 3M. I put a strip around the ruler leaving a 1/4 " from side. If it is a large ruler I put some strips in middle, if you hold down where the tape is is does not slip. Cheaper than anything else I have tried. Used some of the slip stuff but pulled it off and use the tape it has a ruff surface.

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    Its flexible clear tape 3/4 " wide.

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    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-75966-1.htm

    Here is a post I posted some time ago. Hope it helps.

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    I just recently heard about the sandpaper dots. Still looking for them.

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    Sandpaper has worked best for me....I tried several things before finding sandpaper works best.

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    BTW, I cut my own from sandpaper my DH has in his shop. I cut about 3/4 in square and glue them on the underside with E600 glue....industrial glue. works for me. I use a medium weight paper.

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    What great tips! Thanks Pam.

    Quote Originally Posted by milp04
    Quote Originally Posted by seweasy
    Hi! I purchased an expensive roll of plastic film that was "supposed" to keep the rulers from sliding when using the rotary cutter and the ruler. I can't tell much of a difference in the side of the ruler without the plastic film and the sides that does the film. Has anyone found anything that works better than the film?
    Sure would appreciate hearing back what has worked. It's probably my biggest problem in quilting, getting a really straight cut line. Thankfully the ruler I use the most, has a lip on it that catches the edge of the table but it's the smaller rulers that I have the most trouble with, and you would think it would be the opposite since they're smaller. Thanks, Chris
    Hi Chris,

    Did you check to make sure that you put the correct side of the film towards your ruler? There is a right and wrong side as I understand.

    There may be a You Tube video about the product so you might want to check there. Where did you purchase the product? Do you have a LQS that you could ask? Do you have any other quilters in your area?

    Have you tried using the small suction ruler clamps? You can purchase the small size at Harbor Freight. It is not the same purple color as the quilting brand but works the same.

    As you're working through this process you could use a very cheap makeshift: cheap double-sided tape from the Dollar Store. It may work well enough until you can figure out the issues with the film.

    Do you use the markings on your ruler for measurement? If using the markings on your mat, they can cause a problem as you try to cut over them. I do not use the mat markings, only measure with my ruler then cut.

    When using rulers for marking, it is important to use one brand through a project. I even use just one ruler for making all of my measurements. I may use a longer ruler to cut the fabric but I typically use the 6x12 or 6x24 inch rulers for measuring the fabric for cutting. Different ruler brands will have ever slightly different measurements.

    Also I clean my cutting mat quite often. There has been several threads about soaking the mats in plain water in the tub to help keep and extend their useful life. Never leave a mat around something hot, or in the sun. When in doubt about the mat, check out the manufacturer's website for further information.

    Keep us posted as you figure out the solution to your problem. It may help someone in the future with the same issue.

    Have a Great Quilty Day!

    Pam M

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    Joann's sells them.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kathi Kraftyzales
    I just recently heard about the sandpaper dots. Still looking for them.

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    Would someone explain in more detail about the sand paper dots? Thanks!

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    A great alternative that really does work well is the "Glad Press N Seal" you get where you buy your aluminum foil in the grocery store. I found it in the back of my pantry and had forgotten it was even there, had just read about the film stuff and figured I'd give it a shot and wowzers it worked!

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    I purchased Taylor's cutting mat but, have not used it. I will try the sandpaper dots.

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    Try Quilter Rule they are non slip

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    I have found the BEST gripper around. Use it to keep my straightedges from sliding when I am cutting glass. I have a narrow edge on each of my rulers and it is fabulous. Now have it on all my quilt rules.
    Called "Wedgietape" by The Emerald Rainbow. You can Google it and it is very inexpensive, 24" to a package and it cuts to size and sticks forever!
    PK

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    Try using rubber cement dots on the back of your ruler. It might help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BKrenning
    Sandpaper dots. You can buy them prepackaged or make your own.
    I agree with BKrenning. Sandpaper dot work well.

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    If the ruler still slip with sandpaper your cutting table is the wrong height for your body.

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    I have some little round rubber dots on mind that is made for that.

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    I have sandpaper on mine and have learned to cut, but I want one of those rulers that fits against the edge of your table!
    I don't know what it's called or where to get it. thanks for asking...somebodies sure to mention it...i hope :thumbup:

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    HI Bela Boo
    I love the Alto quilt cut .

    They are wonderful. Never need all the rulers with that. I have way more rullers in cost than the cost of the Alto.

    If I'd had it a long time ago I'd not had all the rulers but I do use when not at home (the Rulers)

    It is a great system, and Carol has a wonderful vidio to explain all the cutting on it.

    http://www.quiltcut.com/products_quiltcut2.html

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    I have the plast film and I love it , works very well, no problem at all.

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    I use the clear dots, like the sandpaper ones, but clear, love them

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    Ditto, sandpaper dots work great and they already have the sticky adhesive on them so all you do is peel and stick.

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    I agree. The film is usless. Sandpaperdots is still the most reliable

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    Little rubbery circles on the backs of my rules work, They are clear and bought in quilt shops. Some use little circles of sandpaper.

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