Welcome to Friday Favorites. This is my chance to step up to the podium and present my latest and greatest item. So sit back and relax, and let’s share the next few minutes discovering what’s new.
I can’t count how many times I’ve carefully lined up my ruler, grabbed my rotary cutter, clicked the release, zipped my cutter through my fabric, then discovered my ruler drifted as I cut. Now, instead of an evenly cut strip I have what looks like a wavy line. Darn!! That means once again I must square up my main piece of fabric and attempt to take yet another stab at cutting another strip. How many times have you done that?
I’m sure there are those out there that never have that problem, or perhaps they would never admit it. Even though the misshapen strip can be trimmed to a narrower width and used perhaps in a “Sandy Quilt Block,” making fewer mistakes is the cheaper route to take.
A few years back, I had the privilege of attending the Wisconsin Quilt Expo. What a wonderful opportunity for sampling a smorgasbord of quilting gadgets. Not only can you touch them but you also can observe them in action as the vendor entertains the crowds with a demonstration.
One of the demonstrations I took a fancy to was Booth # 1132 . It wasn’t a very large space. No fancy decorations or displays. Just a simple curtain draped table. The lack of bells and whistles didn’t, in any way, hinder my attention. What grabbed my eye was the pleasant demeanor of the young lady as she willingly demonstrated, over and over again, very clever gadgets for cutting and assembling bindings as well as a solution for slipping rulers. The binding gadgets I will share in a future post.
The Solution Is
The solution to my sliding ruler is a nifty set of True Grips.
1. They’re small round, clear, stick on disks that adhere to the back of your ruler.
2. They’re clear and thus don’t obstruct your view.
3. What makes them work so effectively is the, how do I describe it, gel like texture. A ruler that stays put, how awesome!
I Was Skeptical
Initially I was a little bit skeptical. I’ve tried the stick on sand paper disks but the grit eventually wears off and the disks, because they are not opaque can hinder your view. Since they seemed as though they could solve one of my many pet peeves I decided to purchase a package. True Grips are sold in packages of fifteen.
I Couldn’t Wait
Excited and eager to try out my new gadget I installed the True Grips on the back of one of my rulers. I wasn’t about to put them on every ruler until I had put them through a test drive. From the very first moment I was pleased with the outcome. My first, second and third passes with my rotary cutter produced perfectly cut strips, all exactly how they were meant to be.
My immediate success encouraged me to remove the rest of the disks and install them on as many rulers as I could. Fifteen disks sounded like a lot but when I began gathering my rulers I realized they wouldn’t go far. Not to worry though, I can always purchase more. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with the effectiveness of these simple disks. So, if you are adventurous, why not try out a package of True Grips yourself. What do you have to lose?
I must tell you that I do not in any way receive compensation from the maker, nor the distributors of this product. My only motivation in sharing this information is my own enthusiasm for a product that I believe works. Whether or not your experience has been or will be the same I can not guarantee.