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Thread: Who uses a Center ruler?

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    Who uses a Center ruler?

    I was listening to the radio while sewing today and one of the commercials was about a tool they call a Center Ruler.
    I had never heard of one, so I had to look it up online. The commercial mentioned it works well for quilting, which is what caught my attention. I'm including a link to a website so you can see what i'm talking about.
    Does anyone use one or even heard of one?
    http://www.centerruler.com/
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    Thanks for the website. I've never heard of them either - but I think I'm going to order one for my husband for Christmas.

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    it just starts at 0 in the middle and counts upward going both left and right...it helps you center things easily when you layer projects...fold each in half, mark the middle and then line up all the middle marks on the '0'....each edge should end up on the same left and right number and you will know you are all set... i made my own inexpensively by using cheap tape measures and sewing them onto the leaders of my quilt frame...

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    I have a center measuring tape vs. the ruler, comes in real handy for all sorts of things.
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    Lala where do you find a center measuring tape ? I need one of those LOL
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    I think I might need one of those. Thanks for sharing the website.
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    It's a wonder that someone hasn't made a quilter's centring square ruler!
    It'd be handy when squaring up blocks ..... I often start with the centre point and measure outwards, squaring up with the points, so I'm sure not to cut them off, or leave too much!
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    I have a center measuring tape use it all the time.

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    I have a Center tape measure 120" from Golden Threads ~
    http://www.goldenthreads.com/shop/pr...easuring-tape/

    Also have a 36" center Omnigrid ruler. I received it yrs ago at Puyallup, WA Sewing Expo as a 'hand out' for taking a class.

    I have used both. The centering saves me calculating and figuring.
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    I have a centering ruler and use it all the time. I bought it a few years ago in the drawing and drafting supplies area of Hobby Lobby. But I need that centering tape for bigger things!

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    I'm not sure, but I think my friend Cindi has one on her longarm frame.

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    I have a couple of small plastic ones that I use with my embroidery machine. One came in a Placement Kit and the other I got at the dealer I bought my machines from. With the plastic you have to be very careful how you store them because they bend easy.

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    I get the feeling this would be one more ruler I can find in my sewing room

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    I have a Center tape measure 120" from Golden Threads ~
    http://www.goldenthreads.com/shop/pr...easuring-tape/

    Also have a 36" center Omnigrid ruler. I received it yrs ago at Puyallup, WA Sewing Expo as a 'hand out' for taking a class.

    I have used both. The centering saves me calculating and figuring.
    Thanks for sharing this. I may have to buy one tape and one ruler. I think they would both help me when i'm trying to square up.
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    I had never heard of center ruler, but think it is neet... could probably be made fairly easily, too
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    I use my shape cut .....works the same way...has opposing measurements on each side
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    Centering Ruler

    I have one. I used it mostly when working in Graphic Design
    where every segment had to be perfectly aligned before going to print.

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    That is one very cool tool. I drive myself crazy when I need to center something.
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    Thanks for the link. I just ordered one for my husband for Christmas. I don't know if I'd ever borrow it for quilting, but who knows!
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    Why can't we just make our own "center tape"? Take a 120" tape measure and mark the 60" mark with a permanent marker and they you have it! I also have a 15" clear plastic ruler that I have done the same thing with. Works like a charm every time!
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    I had never heard a name for it - and did not know they existed, but thought how unique if someone created something like this cause so many times I've come up to a point like this needing exactly something like this - love the idea!
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    LOL, my 'center ruler' consists of measuring with my cloth tape measure and folding it in half then marking the spot. This is a neat tool, thanks for the website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grammy Dwynn View Post
    I have a Center tape measure 120" from Golden Threads ~
    http://www.goldenthreads.com/shop/pr...easuring-tape/

    Also have a 36" center Omnigrid ruler. I received it yrs ago at Puyallup, WA Sewing Expo as a 'hand out' for taking a class.

    I have used both. The centering saves me calculating and figuring.
    Thank you Valsma for sharing the information. I have never heard of the center tape measurer or ruler before. After watching the video from goldenthreads I think I should have one! Thanks Grammy Dwynn for sharing the information/website with us.
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    WoW. Great idea. I used a ruler like that when I was doing newspaper layouts. That was back in the day, after lino-type, but before computer layouts. We did wax paste up. I found it most helpful when I was wrapping text around a photo. I have a feeling that I'll be plundering through all my drafting supplies again in the near future to dig that out. I can see the value in using that tool for fussy cuts too.

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    Thanks so much for posting this-I just ordered a 18"-Sure will help me

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