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My tips today concern rulers. Heed well, My Friends, but please don't ask me how I know!
- Try to use rulers from the same manufacturer because they tend to use the same line weight and labeling on all their products, making it easy for you to see and find your reference point.
- Look for rulers with the finest line weight. (I prefer Creative Grids for this reason.)
- Save the directions that come with your specialty rulers! (and don't hesitate to refer to them)
- Store notes with UFOs on what ruler you used and what you intended.
1. I know some of the pros say it doesn't matter if you mix and match brands, but I have found there may be very slight variations in dimensions. The biggest and best argument, though, is once you become accustomed to a manufacturer's labeling you will become more adept at using those rulers consistently.
|60-degree triangle rulers|
Clearview Triangle (left) and Creative Grids (right)
Which side of those bold lines are you going to use when lining up your fabric? The important thing is to consistently use the same side of the line throughout your project.
3. You can frequently find several different specialty rulers to accomplish the same task, the 60-degree rulers here, for example. Because these are designed by different people, usually for a specific purpose, there is little consistency in how they are marked and intended to be used. Some highlight the finished block size, and some make the size of strip you are working with more prominent. Bottom line: refer to the instructions and don't intermix different brands in the same project.
4. If there is a lapse of time between starting and completion, it's easy to forget what you were doing. Leave notes for yourself, particularly as it relates to specialty rulers. I try to label my project boxes if a special ruler is required. This accomplishes two things: If I'm grabbing a box for a sew day, I know to check and be sure I have packed the ruler. And the inverse of that, if I'm missing a ruler, I know where to look for it!
This whole topic came to mind last night when a situation arose with my current project, Waffle Town.
|New triangle on top|
I hope you'll find these tips helpful. I'm always glad to answer any questions you might have.