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Thread: What do you do with a favorite tool you have to retire?

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    What to do with my old 12 1/2" square ruler? It has been a faithful friend for many years and I now have a new one on the way in the mail.

    Do I toss it out in the trash like so much garbage or should I have a funeral and respect the end of a faithful friend?? :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD:

    Your thoughts are appreciated!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    where did you find to order your ruler from?


    I would hold on to it!, cover it with some batting to make a small design pad so you can use it to photograph your blocks

    it is attached to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    What to do with my old 12 1/2" square ruler? It has been a faithful friend for many years and I now have a new one on the way in the mail.

    Do I toss it out in the trash like so much garbage or should I have a funeral and respect the end of a faithful friend?? :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD:

    Your thoughts are appreciated!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    Is there anyway to use a sharpie and redraw the lines????

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    I had some 24 x 6 inch quilters rule rulers that were no longer accurate. As much as it pained me, I threw them in the trash.

    It didn't seem right to pass it on to someone else when it was "off"

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    I would bury it.................who knows it might come back to life!

    L.O.L. doesn't it break your heart?? I would much rather wear something out, then let it collect dust on the shelf, RIGHT?? :roll:

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    Quote Originally Posted by craftybear
    where did you find to order your ruler from?


    I would hold on to it!, cover it with some batting to make a small design pad so you can use it to photograph your blocks

    it is attached to you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rhonda
    What to do with my old 12 1/2" square ruler? It has been a faithful friend for many years and I now have a new one on the way in the mail.

    Do I toss it out in the trash like so much garbage or should I have a funeral and respect the end of a faithful friend?? :XD: :XD: :XD: :XD:

    Your thoughts are appreciated!! :thumbup: :thumbup: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
    I went on Amazon and found it on Widget Supply. I have used them before for something. Don't remember what right now. I was so excited I said THAT'S IT! But they only had 1. I wanted to get an extra one. oh well I am sooo happy with finding one!!

    I had given up searching but thought I would try Amazon. Nothing on Ebay and other sites I tried. I'll have to remember Widget Supply.

    I like the suggestion to use it as a base for a board.
    I was kind of thinking of cutting it down and using the center part that isn't so worn. I can cut it with a jigsaw. Not always real neat but I can sand it even.

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    I would stick it back for that time you need to cut and can't find your ruler. Maybe I'm the only one that looses stuff in my work room.:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltforme
    Is there anyway to use a sharpie and redraw the lines????
    I have templates cut for me and I have tried to draw lines on the acrylic. It isn't real stable. It can bleed and it wears off real fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grama Lehr
    I would bury it.................who knows it might come back to life!

    L.O.L. doesn't it break your heart?? I would much rather wear something out, then let it collect dust on the shelf, RIGHT?? :roll:
    Yep Plum breaks my heart to let go of such a faithful companion!!! LOL LOL LOL

    I really do find it hard to let it go. I doubt I will pitch it yet. I will find a use for it probably. I have made sooooo many hotpads (hundreds of them in 12 years)checkbook covers billfolds etc!!! I have used it well!! All I can say is Fiskars makes good products that last!!

    I found another one just like it so I hope it lasts me just as long!

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    Put it in a frame and hang it in your sewing room. Isn't it silly that we get so attached to items like this, I seriously have this problem.

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    I might save it in case you need to fussy cut a 12 1/2" square. Or I would pass it to someone who is just getting started. I've used that excuse to replace a lot of my cutting tools, rulers and mats. Everyone wins.

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    I can't throw things out (look for me on the next episode of Hoarders); I throw everything in the back of my storage closet including rulers with the corners chopped off.

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    They would be great in the bottom of a purse / bag / tote. Cover with fabric and you've got great stability!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamS
    They would be great in the bottom of a purse / bag / tote. Cover with fabric and you've got great stability!
    Great idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamS
    They would be great in the bottom of a purse / bag / tote. Cover with fabric and you've got great stability!
    I love this idea, you could get atleast 2 or 3 out one this :D:D:D

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    what is very special about that ruler. All mfgs have 12/5" square rulers. I have a bunch of 12.5" Omnigrid in my workroom.

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    I keep mine hanging around --- that way it can see what I'm making!!! ROL!

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    maybe the person that cuts your templates could recut it into another usable size - maybe 8 x 8 for your potholders?

    Of course, you'll have to ignore the markings, but one can get used to doing that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Holice
    what is very special about that ruler. All mfgs have 12/5" square rulers. I have a bunch of 12.5" Omnigrid in my workroom.
    This ruler is not like the others. LOL sounds like Sesame Street! LOL I am a miniaturist and I need a ruler that has thin lines no yellow fat shading or you can't see the small seams. It has to have 1/8" lines or markings and I need to have the 3 angles marked as I score all the 3" and 4 1/2" clear templates I send out free. so I need more than just a ruler. I work with 3" and less alot of the time and it takes a toll on that part of the ruler. I'm not using it to square up as you would if you were doing 10" or 12" quilt blocks. So I don't want one that has the square up lines as in the Olfa ruler. I need to have the 1" squares and small markings. I wore out one set of angles on this ruler and it has another set of angles so I could continue using it. I wanted that same ruler. It has thin orange lines that will line up really well with mini seams.


    I started this thread just joking really! I was being facetious! But I am attached to it a bit. I'm not to any other tool but this ruler I have had for many years and used A LOT! I was just being silly to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    maybe the person that cuts your templates could recut it into another usable size - maybe 8 x 8 for your potholders?

    Of course, you'll have to ignore the markings, but one can get used to doing that.
    Good idea Sharon!! I may ask Bob to do that. The center is not too bad. It isn't really worn off at all.

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    Another thought....if you have someplace where you like to place a plant pot....and don't want it to spill over & ruin wood beneath it.....kind of a conversation piece.... place your "retired" ruler under it like a placemat.

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    I would repurpose it. It could be useful for squaring up paper if you do papercrafts. It might be useful around the house for home repairs. It's not taking up a whole lot of space in your house, right? So just mark it with a big X so you don't forget that it's not for quilting, and hold on to it until its secondary purpose reveals itself.

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    Hang it on your wall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pojo
    Hang it on your wall.
    I agree. Give it a place of honor.

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    I'd keep it, you may need it for something. I had an old 6" by 24. I liked the markings on it. But I ran over it with my wheelchair. LOL, so I got a new one. The first quilt I made was all out of whack because it had different markings on it, and I made the blocks the wrong size. I've kept my old one. I still use it to make sure I'm reading the new one correctly. And now I have three!......

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