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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Pattern Notcher and Ruler Grip Suction Cup ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Pattern Notcher and Ruler Grip Suction Cup
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Date: 12/6/12 4:36 PM

I would think the Ruler Suction Cup would come in handy to avoid ruler slipping.

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Date: 12/6/12 4:41 PM

I usually just snip the patterns with scissors, so the notcher seems unnecessary to me. The ruler gripper might be helpful....

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Date: 12/6/12 6:38 PM

I think that the pattern notcher is for notching the oak tag patterns only. I had though that it would notch both pattern and fabric -- not so.

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Date: 12/6/12 8:06 PM

I don't think that ruler handle would make any difference in the ruler slipping or not probably. But it might make a difference if your hand holding a cutting blade slipped while using a cutting blade on the edge of ruler for any reason, as I think just lots less likely for the cutting blade of a knife, to even be able to get near to, to cut into your fingers then. As if fingers no where near a Knife, I guess they can't get cut either. In order to keep a ruler less likely to slip I think it would have to have some rubbery stuff on the bottom of it instead. I think they do sell that kind stuff though too. Like little stick on rubbery clear dots.

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Date: 12/7/12 8:56 AM

I have the pattern notcher, and really, really like it! I wasn't sure when I ordered it and it's not really 100% necessary, but I do like using it.

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Date: 12/12/12 1:26 AM

Oh my! That pattern notcher is expensive! I paid $12 for mine and sold it for $8. Didn't use it much.

As to the handle for your ruler, I think it's to help you hold the ruler steady but not to keep it from slipping. There wouldn't be as much weight distributed on the ruler because the weight of your hand is higher up, due to the handle. I tried a handle once and it frustrated me. If you want to keep your ruler from slipping, I suggest you get Invisigrip, which is a roll of stuff you can stick to your ruler, or ruler grips which are little plastic dots you can stick to your ruler. Both arefound on Amazon.

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Date: 12/12/12 7:24 AM

I have got to say that I love my Pattern Notcher.

Yes, it would have been an indulgence, but I suggested it as a Christmas gift. Previously I used an old knitting machine card punch, which was good as it collected the 'holes'. But somehow the pattern notcher is quicker and, of course lighter and easier to handle.
I notch the paper pattern, ( tissue or card are both fine,) and then mark the fabric with chalk .

Good greif, what a price in the USA! No wonder you are doubtful. It was rather cheaper here in the UK. Maybe you could advertise for a 'used' one on Pattern Review or add it to your search list on eBay?

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Date: 12/12/12 9:35 AM

I inherited a pattern notcher, and I like it for making 'permanent' patterns, but I don't use it for lightweight tracings. Don't think I'd ever have bought one or even known that they existed otherwise!

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Date: 12/13/12 7:35 PM

I have an old notcher that I found in an antique store but it is not sharp & has trouble cutting even tissue patterns...any suggestions on how to sharpen it? I took it to the scissors man at a quilt show & he said it could NOT be sharpened..so I use a nail file *& it helped but it still is not great...but it would be awesomw if it cut thru fabric & tissue...

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Date: 12/13/12 7:51 PM

I have the ruler grip device. This is especially useful for cutting fabric for quilts (strips across the width of fabric, for instance), but you could use it for any type of rotary cutting - cutting bias strips, for example.

When you do this type of cutting, you need to hold the ruler steady with your left hand. If it's a 24-inch ruler, you sometimes have to "walk" your hand up the ruler as you continue a long cut. It takes some care and practice to do this without moving the ruler around.

Pressing down with an open hand with enough force to hold the ruler steady can lead to strain on your hand and fingers. With the ruler grip, you can grip the handle and sort of lean slightly onto the ruler, thus applying your body weight onto the ruler, but not onto your fingers.

Whether this would be useful for you depends on what type cutting you are doing, but it does have some benefit.

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