Where Should I Place My Ruler?

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In terms of measuring, I have often wondered whether the line on a ruler should sit ON the edge or BESIDE the edge of the fabric? I know it might only be a whisker difference but should I only see fabric beneath the measurement line?

Submitted by Denise

NQC Answer

What a good question! I personally prefer to have my ruler sit directly ON the edge of the fabric as opposed to beside it. You are correct that it would only be a tiny difference if any at all, so I would just recommend consistency. However you choose to line up your ruler, do so the same every time.

Hope this helps!

Related links:

Quilting 101: Common Problems and Quick Fixes
How to Make a Quilt Border: Cutting and Measuring
Accessories for Quilting Rulers

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12 Responses to “Where Should I Place My Ruler?”
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  1. Mary Enders

    When piecing I use a 1.4 length stitch. Should I back stitch or reinforce at the beginning and end of piecing or is the 1.4 stitch small enough to lock stitches?

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    I am new at this and have wanted to make some of these beautiful blankets.
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