“Try it on Tuesday”

Each week I “try” something new.  Sometimes it involves a giveaway….sometimes it’s just a new recipe.  I invite all of you to link up and share something new that you are trying too.

Today I am trying “The Cutting Edge” rulers.  Last fall, I saw a big group of bloggers trying them out and thought, hey, I should try them too.  I wrote to the company and asked for a chance.

The rulers came in the mail and I was super excited.  I asked for a 6 /2″ x 6 1/2″ along with a 6 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ ruler.  The premise of the ruler is that it is suppose to sharpen your rotary cutting blade as you cut fabric.  It has a sharpener edge along the side of the ruler where a rotary cutter runs.

I gave them a try.  I wasn’t sure if I would like them as the glass the was frosted.  That wasn’t a problem at all.  In fact, I loved it!  The numbers were easy to read and the lines were easy to use.

First, I tried them with older blades.  In a short time….no good.  Then I decided that the blades probably had too many nicks and put in new blades.

I tried them for about two weeks and cut out two projects during that time.

My conclusion, I am going back to my old rulers.  There is a slight 1/16th of an inch metal sharpener that is embedded in the ruler.  I was constantly catching my cutter on the lip of it.  A person would think that the lip is so small that I wouldn’t be able to, but I did.

I don’t feel like my blade stayed sharper either.

I am passing the rulers on to someone else, and you can try them.  We’ll see if you have the same conclusions I did.  I have one 6.5 x 6.5 ruler that is unopened.  Plus, I have a  6.5 x 6.5 ruler and a 6.5 x 12.5 ruler that have been opened and used for two weeks that I am giving away.  I will pick three separate winners….leave a comment here for a chance to win.  If there is a specific size that you want, leave that in the comment too.

So now it’s your turn….what have you tried that was new to you.

Stop back later today and I will reveal the winners of the Country Threads “Back to Charm School”  blog hop and of the last week’s “Try it on Tuesday”.

40 thoughts on ““Try it on Tuesday””

  1. Oh, I’d love to try out the 12.5″ X 6.5″ ruler. I have seen those rulers on so many blogs before and apparently one either loves it or not. I never had the chance to try out those rulers before and they would come in quite handy since my blades tend to get dull way too quickly (or maybe it’s just because I don’t want to spend money on blades and rather buy more febric??)
    Anyway: Thanks for your review and for the chance to win.

  2. I have often wondered about these rulers. I would like to give it a try as I use the harbor freight blades and they have worked out great for me. I just wonder how these rulers would work with these blades. Thanks for the chance to try one out.

  3. I had seen these rulers and thought about trying them out. My 6 by 12 rulers are all worn out, so that size would be handy. I think I saw a review on another blog and she ended up using the other side of the ruler.

  4. I would like to try one of these out. I’ve wondered how well they work–sorry they didn’t work for you, and thanks for giving us the chance to try them out!

  5. Thanks for this review. (But please don’t enter me for the giveaway……..)

    I still think regularly changing blades and turning them over is the best way to get a good cut. I buy mine in packs of 10 from either Hancocks of Paducah or Amazon.com depending on where I want them sent, UK or US.

    As for rulers – my favourite are Creative Grids because they are so easy to read for me.

  6. I’m giving paper-piecing a shot – I get confused easily so hopefully it won’t be a total failure ;-) Did anyone ever tell you that cutting your scissors through aluminum foil would sharpen them? I tried it on my paper cutting scissors. It seemed to work. I wonder if it would work with our rotary cutters?

  7. I would love to give these rulers a tryout. I probably don’t change my blades as frequently as I should and wind up with little skips in the fabric that drive me nuts. Maybe these rulers will be the solution to my laziness! Thanks.

  8. Thank you so much for your reivew – I too was wondering about them – please don’t enter me in the give away – and thank you for saving me $. I love creative grid rulers.

  9. I agree with you about these rulers. The first thing I didn’t like about the rulers was the sound they made as the blade ran along the edge. It was like fingernails on chalkboard. Once I got pass the sound, I found the rulers were inaccurate and I didn’t think they sharpened my blades. My blocks were off by a smidgen, but enought to make the final block measurements off. These rulers sounded like a good idea and I liked the easy number readouts but overall I was not a happy camper and they have been pulled from my tool box. Please do not include me in your giveaway. Sorry ….. Just saying …….


  10. Thanks for sharing an honest review. Hopefully someone else can find them useful. I hate when I get a nick in my cutter blades. (please dont include me in the drawing)

  11. Thanks for giving others a chance to try the rulers. What works for one, inevitably doesn’t work for another. Thank you for being honest in your reviews. I would like to try one, any size. If it doesn’t work for me, I will pass it on to someone who might love it.

  12. Thanks for your information. I am no expert but I was NOT impressed with the rulers either. And, my titanium blade kept having problems with the rulers. Going back to my old rulers also. Just glad to learn I am not the only one having problems.

  13. I have the 6 1/2″ ruler and I like it well enough. I did have the same issue you did in regards to catching the rotary blade on the side of the ruler and I don’t think it did really sharpen my Olfa blade either. Otherwise, a good ruler for accurate cutting.

  14. I too liked this ruler for visibility. I did not like how my cutter catches the ruler edge, like you said. I used this ruler at work and after a month, it had actually worn away the plastic on my cutter! Never used it again and don’t recommend them as they are now.

  15. I almost bought these rulers last year. I wouldn’t mind trying one. Thank you for the honest review. I’m glad I did order a bunch of them and then not like them. I did order a new 8.5 x 24 Omnigrip ruller that has green markings on it. I really don’t like it. The only time I use it is for cutting something 8.5 wide. It is hard to see the markings on a lot of different colored fabrics. I’m back to using my old one. I do think rulers need to be replaced after a time to stay accurate. I’m still looking for a good sale. Thanks.

  16. I often wonder how well these would work for true lefties. I’m a lefty and often find it difficult to do things the right handed way.

    PS If this entry is drawn, please redraw. As much as I like to try out these rulers, I prefer that it go to someone who really wants and/or needs rulers. Thanks!

  17. Ooh, I’d love to try one of the 6 1/2×6 1/2 rulers. All I have is a 5×24 lipped ruler, and while it is great for longer cuts, it is horrible for trying to square up HST’s.

  18. Well, I have considered purchasing these. So, will put my hat in the ring for the drawing so have a chance of try before buy. Our rotary cutters are too often dull or burry (I made that word up) so thought this sounded like a good idea.

  19. I would love the opportunity to try these rulers! I have tried a different thread for quilting other than my usual Aurafil at a fraction of the price and I can tell the difference!

  20. I recently tried a Snip Eze pair of clipper/scissors. They work great for cutting in close without snipping the fabric. They have tiny blades that turn up slightly on the ends to avoid fabric. Thanks for the giveaway, would love to win! Marilyn

  21. I saw these rulers on some other blogs a few months ago and then went looking for them in a couple of Joanne Fabric Shops but couldn’t find them. I would love to try either size and if I don’t like it, I’ll pass it on. Thanks for your input on these rulers. I would love a chance to win one.

  22. Interesting to read your review – in theory they sound a great idea!
    I would love to try any size but I’m not sure if you’re able to ship to the UK??

  23. I would love to try those – I have read good things about them. I always seem to cut my rulers with the blades – maybe this would stop that?

  24. I have never heard of these and would like to give it a try. Too bad it didn’t work out for you, though I too have items that don’t work for me, but others love them.

    Thanks for the chance!

  25. I attend a class once a month at my quilt shop called Patchabilities. They demonstate different tools and techniques. The last one was the binding tool. I have bought it and am still struggling to make it work for me. I love to have lots of tools. Happy Leap Day!

  26. Hi Jo, I thought I’d try these rulers too, and whilst I didn’t mind the sharpening edge, I found it hadn’t been accounted for in the measurements, so all my blocks ended up innaccurately sized.

  27. I had followed the blog hop for those hoping I’d win one because they sounded like a great idea. I never did win so I added them to my amazon wish list but I guess none of my family wants me to have sharper cutting implements for some reason as I haven’t gotten any yet as a gift. haha I’d love to try the 6.5×6.5 size if my number is chosen. Of course, I’d be happy with either. Thank you for the offer.

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  29. I found your site through the Yard Sale today, I would like to follow you if you don’t mind, I love people that speak there mind and tell the truth, I trust your judgement. I always wanted one on those rulers but I don’t believe I wont to try and waist my time thanks anyway…..

  30. I’ve seen these rulers too, but had never tried them – mainly because I didn’t want to spend the money without trying them….you got a couple of good sizes to try tho. I always enjoy your blog. Thanks for the honest review. :)

  31. I’d like to try the 6.5×12.5 ruler. Even if it doesn’t work well, I would like a ruler that size for cutting smaller pieces of fabric. Sometimes my 24″ ruler is just overkill!

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