This quote from the late Canadian author Alistair MacLeod is a well-known mantra of carpenters.
Anyone who sews also understands this quote quite well. Whether a professional, a home dressmaker, or a hobbyist, being able to measure and cut accurately is a part of sewing that’s vital to a project’s success. Accidentally cut into a piece of beaded Alençon lace, top-grain leather, or other pricey yardages, and you’ve lost real money!
Precise measuring leads to precise cuts. The right tools will help you make the right cuts you need and eliminate mistakes caused by inaccurate measuring. At GoldStar Tool, we understand the needs of sewing professionals, hobbyists, and home sewers. That’s why we carry such a variety of measuring tools we know you need whenever you’re designing, measuring, cutting, and creating.
Scroll down to learn the difference between the many types of rulers and what they can do to help you create the perfect project:
Whether you are working on a simple project or one that is complex, you will most likely need a ruler or two. Different rulers serve different functions and knowing which ruler to use when can be the difference between success and failure.
Sometimes a project may require a ruler that has a bit more functionality, and if you are an avid sewer, you should have some of the following rulers on hand. In fact, it is not uncommon for sewers to have a multitude of different rulers available to them. After all, accurate measuring means accurate cutting. Your ability to correctly measure will determine the outcome of your project, making it a vital part of the sewing process.
Patternmaking is all about taking your vision for a new design and bringing it to life. After you’ve created a sketch, it’s time to turn it into the means for a finished product. Whether you’re creating garments, bags, luggage, or other unique textile designs, you’ll need more specific rulers and tools beyond the straight edge that let you transfer your design into workable patterns.
Couple these with our collection of pattern papers, including our dotted paper, and you’ll be drafting your patterns with ease.
As any quilter will tell you, repetitive cutting requires precise measurement. If you are a quilter, there are some rulers you just can’t go without if you want to produce a quality project. Choosing the right rulers will not only help you cut more accurate pieces of fabric, but it will also save you hours of work time. This can be important for quilters who have to spend hours cutting precise little squares of fabric.
Whether you cut squares, triangles, rectangles or more complicated pieces, Quilting Patchwork Craft Rulers will help you get the job done. These rulers are available in multiple sizes so you can get the perfect measurement every time.
You can also choose the Quilting Ruler & Guide, which is printed with the same markings in metrics so that you can get multiple measurements out just one tool. This ruler helps you accurately mark your pieces, cut angles in 30, 45, and 60 degrees, and measure without having to move the ruler.
It’s easy to get carried away in your project and start cutting without thinking. Safety should always be your top priority, whether you are working on quilt pieces or ballgowns. It’s important to keep your rulers in place, especially when using rotary cutters and handheld rotary shears. But holding a ruler or straight edge in place with your other hand also brings an increased risk of injury by hand cuts and injuries.
Don’t risk it—ensure your safety as well as your employees with suction cup holders that allow you to hold rulers in place but keep hands out of the way. We carry both the double-cup handle for longer rulers and the heavy-duty suction cup that fits rulers and templates at least 2 ¼” wide.
As a provider of tools to the fashion industry, we carry a large collection of multiple types of rulers and other tools to make measuring, drafting, and designing easier.
Need something that you can’t find on our website? Call us today at 1-800-868-4419. We’re ready to help you find whatever you need to complete your next project.