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Date: 6/26/13 12:27 PM

I have been craving a t-square and keep thinking it might not be necessary. I often sewn with gigantic swathes of knit fabric and have to cut as I go. Having a square would help line up the grain again on these slippery knits, wouldn't it?

And where is a good source? I know I can spend big $$$ at a quilter's store and can probably get a decent one at the hardware store or $$$$$$$ at Lee Valley. How about the art supply store? Or am I after the wrong tool entirely?

Any helpful notions about my desire for this notion would be happily accepted.

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Date: 6/26/13 12:32 PM

The plastic ones snap easily (ask my husband, who's replaced TWO of mine in the last year after he stepped on them). Spend the extra money for metal. And I use mine all the time for pattern drafting. I've never used it for aligning grain - I just use the edge of the table for that.

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Date: 6/26/13 12:44 PM

I think a lot depends on exactly what t-square you want. How long? What material (plastic, metal, wood)?

You can get a 1ft kids version for $2 (online). And there's an aluminum adjustable 48" for $66 at the other end. Most seem to be about halfway between (~$30). But most of them tend to be 36" (with a few 24"). And some of the Candaian stores sell them for twice as much (?). Hmmm

If you'd rather see one in person, I'd suggest a hobby/art store where they sell framing supplies.

But all that pre-supposes that this is a good idea. I don't work with knits enough to know for sure, but aren't they really easy to stretch out of shape? To the point where "square" on the table isn't really straight across the "grain" of the knit. Isn't this why people do the thread tracing instead? It's never been important enough for me to do either, lol.

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Date: 6/26/13 12:47 PM

I don't think a T-square is needed for sewing. If you own a five inch wide ruler, you can use the corner of that to create a square. I like to use this O'lipfa Lip Edge Ruler. The lip edge locks into the edge of your table/cutting mat, and that helps guarantee a right angle.

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Date: 6/26/13 12:51 PM

The ruler Nancy shows is great!
I have one too.

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Date: 6/26/13 1:27 PM

I have the same ruler that Nancy linked to only mines 36" long. I also have an aluminum T square. I use the 36" lip edge more than the T square.

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Date: 6/26/13 1:39 PM

I bought a T Square for a pattern drafting class and don't use it much. I really only use it when I need a long ruler.

If you'd like one, Wawak/Cleaner's Supply sells large metal ones that are quite nice (along with metal French curves and hip curves) at decent prices with their usual bargain shipping price of $3.83.

Who can tell me where to find a large compass at a reasonable price? The biggest one I could find at Michael's or Office Depot was 6 inches. I want a BIG one for doing ruffles and waists on circle skirts.

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Date: 6/26/13 1:46 PM

Have you tried teaching supply stores? I've seen those big ones designed for making large circles on the chalk boards at places that sell classroom supplies.

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Date: 6/26/13 1:46 PM

My dining room table has a curved edge and the floor is the second most usual place I use for cutting the big yardages. I have used odd things like a legal paper pad or a box with nice square edges from time to time, but keep thinking a real tool would be nice. My big aluminum yard stick from the hardware store is so useful. The weight of it helps keep fabric still and acts as a pattern weight, as well. Whatever I get will have to have a hole in one end so I can put it on the wall with my rulers.

Anyone else wondering "should I or shouldn't I?"

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Date: 6/26/13 1:53 PM

I have a 2 piece set to that slip onto a yardstick to make a huge compass. It's been a while since I got it, but I think it was at Joann or Hancock on the notions wall, or with the quilting notions.

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